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Unemployment rate in the Heart of Texas region continued to increase in February

WACO, Texas – The Heart of Texas region experienced a 0.4% uptick in its unemployment rate compared to January. February’s rate of 4.2% was comprised of 7,633 unemployed individuals, with 999 ongoing unemployment claims. The Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) saw positive job growth, adding 800 new positions.

Freestone County reported the highest unemployment rate at 5.5%, followed by Limestone (4.6%), Falls (4.5%), Hill (4.3%), and McLennan (4.1%). Bosque County reported the lowest unemployment rate at 4%. The region’s unemployment rate is below the state’s (4.4%) and in line with the national rate (4.2%).

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 March 8, 2024.

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FEBRUARY 18, 2021

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