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Top Stories: Texas Unemployment Creeps Up; The Changing Demographics In Texas

Mar 9, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News:

The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in January to start the year at 4 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to the December statewide jobless rate of 3.9 percent. Nationwide unemployment held steady in February at 4.1 percent. Texas jobless figures for February will be released on March 23.

TWC officials say the Texas economy has added 240,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 16,000 jobs added in January. Commissioner Julian Alvarez says the Texas labor market has had 93 consecutive months of positive annual growth.

Other stories this evening:

  • America has a habit of following trends that occur in Texas. TCU professor Max Krochmal and Rice professor Stephen Klineberg recently talked with KERA's Krys Boyd about how the state’s demographic shifts might be a preview of larger changes nationwide.
  • A new exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts raises questions about how black artists explore identity and how their work is received in the art world. It features installations, video and drawings from three artists based in Canada and Chicago. In this week's State of the Arts conversation, KERA's Anne Bothwell sat down with curator Christopher Blay to discuss the show that’s called "Black Borders: Artists of Color, Reframing Culture."

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