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Area Unemployment Numbers for December

The Texas economy saw positive job growth in December 2013 as the state’s unemployment rate decreased for the fifth consecutive month, down to 6.0 percent in December. It remained below the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. In Shelby County, the December unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, as 793 were unemployed in the workforce. San Augustine County was flirting with a double-digit rate, as last month 328 were out of work, or 9.7 percent. Sabine County continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in the state at 13.4 percent, or 458 without work. Neighboring counties included: Nacogdoches, 5.6 percent; Angelina, 5.5 percent; Panola County, 4.7; and Rusk County 5.2 percent unemployment in December.

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