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It's the latest in recession-era travel advice for job seekers, and it comes from Texas: Stay home!

Nothing has happened to the state's legendary hospitality. It's just that Texas hospitality far exceeds the number of available jobs and state welfare benefits.

Prompted by what officials call the ''amazingly persistent myth'' that jobs are there for the taking, the state Department of Human Resources has published a pamphlet titled ''Broke in Texas.'' The state is trying to head off job hunters who figure that if they don't find a job right away, they can live off the state dole until the economy improves.

To collect welfare in Texas, an applicant must not only be poor. He or she also must be ''either over 65 or with a child dependent because of the absence of one parent.'' Those qualifying get $34 a month. The family maximum is $104.

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