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Heart of Texas unemployment rate continues to trend upward

WACO, Texas—The unemployment rate for the six-county Heart of Texas region rose to 4.6% in February, with 1,176 continued unemployment claims reported. The region saw 1,100 new jobs added, reported. The 4.6% unemployment rate was comprised of 8,347 unemployed residents.


Bosque county recorded the lowest unemployment rate (4.3%), followed by McLennan (4.5%), Falls (4.9%), Hill (5%) and Limestone (5.3%). Freestone’s rate remained the highest at 6.2%. The Heart of Texas unemployment rate is above both the state of Texas (4.5%) and national unemployment (3.9%).


For more information on February’s 2023 Regional Labor Market data, view our Regional Labor Market Information web page. For in-depth information about the Heart of Texas region’s labor market information, visit Want the latest local labor market information delivered to your inbox? Opt-in here.


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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 24, 2023.


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FEBRUARY 18, 2021

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