Unemployment increased slightly in January in Texas County, and it remains below average in the region.

Texas County’s unemployment rate improved in March, reports the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

The figure was 8.3 percent, which was down six-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.

The average figure in south-central Missouri was 8.7 percent.

Area counties and their jobless rates: Douglas, 8.1; Howell, 8; Shannon, 13.8; and Wright, 7.9.

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