Texas County's jobless rate was 4.7 percent in December. 

Texas County’s unemployment rate — which bottomed at 3 percent late last year — hit 4.7 percentage points in December, reports the Missouri Department of Economic Development.

In south-central Missouri, the average rate was 4.5 percent.

Texas County’s civilian labor force was 8,969 with 420 unemployed, the state report said.

Area counties and their unemployment rates were Douglas, 3.9; Howell, 4.1; Shannon, 6.3; and Wright, 4.5.

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