The US unemployment rate has dropped slightly - from 9.2 per cent to 9.1, according to the country's labour department.
The official rate in the state of Texas, however, is lower, at 8.2 per cent, but that is because many Texans are taking jobs with less pay than normally tolerated, and with no benefits.
Almost one million Texans are jobless and half a million are working only part time.
Al Jazeera's Rob Reynolds reports from Houston.
Source: Al Jazeera