The unemployment rate in the City of Wichita Falls as well as the Wichita Falls metro area rose slightly in December from the month before, but is still down about a full point from the same time a year ago.
The rate in the city went up a tenth of a percentage point from November, but is down from December last year.
The rate for the local metro area of Wichita, Clay and Archer counties also rose just slightly to 5.5% in December from November. Thats down though from 6.4% the year before.
The jobless rate for the state is down for the fourth straight month, at 6.1%. The lowest metro rate in the state was Midland, at 3.1%.
The average rate in this region was 5.1%, down from 6.4% in December of 2011. Wilbarger County had one of the lowest rates at 4% while Wichita County had the high rate of 5.7%. Archer came in with 4.4% and Clay County at 4.6%.