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Unemployment rate in the Heart of Texas continues its downward trend

WACO, Texas – The unemployment rate in the Heart of Texas six-county region decreased to 3.1% in December, marking a 0.1% drop from November. The Waco Metropolitan Area saw a decrease of 300 jobs in December, and a net job growth of 3,600 for 2023.

Freestone County had the highest reported unemployment rate at 4.5%, followed by Limestone (4.0%), Falls (3.5%), Hill (3.2%), and McLennan (3.0%).  In contrast, Bosque County reported the lowest unemployment rate at 2.9%. The 3.1% unemployment rate in the region was lower than both the state and national rates (3.5%), as reported by TWC’s

For detailed information on this month’s labor market data, view our Regional Labor Market Information web page. For real-time labor market data, regional employment trends, wage/salary insights and other data, check out our new Heart of Texas Labor Market Insights labor market data visualization tool.

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Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas provides comprehensive services for businesses and job seekers in its six-county service area, which includes Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan counties. Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas is one of 28 local workforce development boards under the direction of and funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Source: Texas Workforce Commission
Note: All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted. All data reported based on latest Labor Market data release as of Jan. 19, 2024.

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