[WHAT TO DO: Avoid devastation if you get laid off]
[BY THE NUMBERS: State by state unemployment numbers]
Nationally, the jobless rate sits at 8.5 percent compared to 6.4 percent in the Houston area. The statewide the rate is a bit higher than Houston at 6.5.
Texas Workforce Commission data showed 180,000 people out of work in our area as of the end of February.
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