The Texas Workforce Commission reported that over 17,000 jobs were created across the state in December in a press release issued on Friday. The Commission reported that over 252,000 jobs were created state-wide in 2013, bringing the end of year unemployment rate to 6 percent for the state.

The Texas Workforce Commission reported that over 17,000 jobs were created across the state in December in a press release issued on Friday. The Commission reported that over 252,000 jobs were created state-wide in 2013, bringing the end of year unemployment rate to 6 percent for the state.


This drop comes after the TWC reported that the state unemployment rate drooped to 6.2 percent in October. The December numbers puts Texas unemployment well below the national average of 6.7 percent. The Sherman-Denison area, by comparison, had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent, with an estimated 3,300 unemployed individuals.


"We continue to see growth across major industries in Texas, with all of them adding jobs over the year," said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar in a press release.


The Commission report showed that the 6,600 manufacturing jobs were created in December, while Education and Health Services saw a growth of 4,400 jobs, and construction accounted for 3,400 jobs.


Across the Texoma region, call center and health-care jobs have been a major source of continued growth, said Tony Kaai, president of the Denison Development Alliance. The expansion of NOVO 1 and National Government Services call centers created 350 jobs in 2013, said Kaai.


The build-out of the seventh floor, with ongoing plans to build-out the eighth floor, of the Texoma Medical Center also created another 100 jobs for the region, said Kaai.


Within the past 18 months, 1,200 jobs have been posted in Denison, said Kaai.


All industries in the region have been showing slow, but steady growth, said Scott Connell, president of the Sherman Economic Development Corporation.


Instead of one employer posting many jobs at once, Connell said that the strong growth in the region stems from many employers putting up a small number of jobs.