From the economic front, the unemployment rate in Lufkin and Nacogdoches climbed almost one full point in January, from December numbers.

This could be directly related to Christmas, and the retail sector, which typically hires additional part-time help during the holiday crunch.

While the latest figures are daunting, it should be pointed out that the nationwide unemployment rate is nearly unchanged since September of last year.

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