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AUSTIN-As if Texas wasn’t receiving enough kudos for its economic strength, Area Development Magazine has come along and added another award to the state’s growing collection. In this case, Area Development Magazine has honored the Lone Star State with its 2013 Gold Shovel Award, citing a strong economic recovery, along with a falling unemployment rate (6.4% at least count), a GDP of 3.2% and an diverse business sector that’s attracting businesses and commercial real estate development.

The write-up in the magazine notes that Texas had replaced all of its recession-hit jobs by December 2011. Though many of the jobs are energy related, other sectors have played a part, including chemicals and information technology.

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