Texas County’s unemployment rate dropped one-half of a percentage point in October, reports the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The figure was 5.9 percent. In the south-central Missouri region, the average was 5.5 percent. Texas County’s civilian work force was 9,619 with 567 unemployed.

Area counties and their unemployment rates were: Douglas, 5.6; Howell, 5.3; Shannon, 6.4; and Wright, 5.5

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