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."
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.