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Local jobless rate down 1%
Houston County Courier

By Lynda Jones

According to Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) figures released Monday, Jan. 27, the labor force in Houston County included 8,499 persons in December 2013, with 7,872 employed and 627 unemployed. The unemployment rate for the county was 7.4%. The unemployment rate is down 1% from December 2012, but the labor force is 102 persons smaller. In December 2012, the labor force included 8,397, with 7,693 employed and 704 persons unemployed. The unemployment rate was 8.4%. In November 2013, the labor force included 8,415 persons, with 7,763 employed and 652 unemployed. The unemployment rate in November was 7.7%. In the Deep East Texas Workforce Development Area (Houston, Angelina, Trinity, Jasper, Nacogcoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby and Tyler Counties), the average weekly wage for the second quarter of 2013 was $661.37, and the average weekly wage across Texas was $943.61. Most Deep East Texas jobs were in the trades, transportation and utilities sector which employed 20,049 in the second quarter of 2013, a 315-job increase from one year ago, according to TWC figures. Also during the second quarter of 2013, the local job sector employed 18,015 (37 jobs less than one year ago), while the education and health services sector employed 17,162 (950 more than one year ago). There were 13, 416 manufacturing jobs in Deep East Texas during the second quarter of 2013, a 511 job decrease from one year ago, according to the TWC. Additional data is available at www.tracer2.com.


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