AUSTIN — Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent in November and from 7.4 percent a year ago. This marked the fourth straight month that the unemployment rate in Texas has declined. Texas employers added 4,100 total nonfarm jobs in December for a total of 260,800 jobs added over the year. In December 2012, Texas employers reported 10,904,000 total nonfarm jobs.
Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement on the Travis County court's decision to deny Planned Parenthood's temporary restraining order attempting to force inclusion of the organization in the Texas Women's Health Program:
"Today's ruling finally clears the way for thousands of low-income Texas women to access much-needed care, while at the same time respecting the values and laws of our state. I applaud all those who stand ready to help these women live healthy lives without sending taxpayer money to abortion providers and their affiliates."
Eleven years ago today our very foundation was shaken, as terrorists attacked and killed thousands of innocent Americans in a brazen act of unimaginable terrorism.
Today we still live with the scars of those events – the loss of loved ones who went off to work on a seemingly normal Tuesday and never came home; the subsequent initiation of hostilities in Afghanistan and Iraq that have taken the lives and limbs of our best and brightest, and; a new reality of tighter security, and a better understanding of those who hate us and the acts of terrorism they are capable of perpetrating.
This September 11th, I am mindful of the sacrifice of so many. I think about firefighters and police officers who rushed into danger as others tried to flee. I think of young men and women who walked into recruiting centers and signed up for war. I think of families who are nervous every time the phone rings, or someone knocks on their door, wondering if the worst news imaginable is about to delivered.
America remains the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known. And it is because we are blessed with men and women who know freedom is not free, and are willing to bear its full cost.
Today, I hope you will join me in thinking about and praying for the victims of 9/11, and those who have paid the price in the War on Terror. And may we resolve to never allow such violence visit American soil again.