AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas continues to be a national leader in job growth, according to the Texas Workforce Commission's latest employment report.
For the month of June, Texas' unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.5 percent — well below the nation's June unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.
A burst of hiring in February added 236,000 U.S. jobs and reduced the national unemployment rate to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January, the lowest level it's been at in four years.
National job growth has averaged more than 200,000 a month since Nov. 2012.
"While Texas' unemployment rate remains unchanged in June, the Lone Star State continues to beat the nation's unemployment rate for 78 consecutive months, showing once again that Texas' model of low taxes and spending, a low level of regulation, and a sound civil justice system works," said Talmadge Heflin, director of the Center for Fiscal Policy.
While much work still remains to keep unemployment numbers low in the state of Texas, Heflin said, "now more than ever it is important to reflect upon – to preserve and extend – the policies that have allowed Texans to prosper."
Sub-freezing temperatures and an approaching upper level disturbance could combine to produce some patchy freezing drizzle or sleet Saturday and early Sunday morning.
Investigators are still trying to figure out who murdered an Austin teacher in Benghazi on Thursday.
Back in June, Governor Rick Perry signed a new law officially letting teachers and students use greetings such as "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hannukah" in school, all without getting in any trouble.
The Round Rock-based computer giant, Dell Inc., is offering some workers voluntary buyouts as it seeks to trim costs and boost productivity.
The Austin Humane Society reopened to the public Friday after closing its doors for six weeks.
Sub-freezing temperatures will continue across much of Central Texas all day Saturday. A second disturbance associated with the winter storm that slammed Texas Thursday and Friday could lead to more freezing precipitation Saturday and …