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Polk County jobless rate matches nation’s
Polk County Enterprise - March 2009
AUSTIN — Polk County’s jobless rate is 1.5 percent above the statewide fi gure — but at 8.0 percent, it’s slightly below the national rate and 0.6 percent better than the January rate, according to data released this week by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). For the same period laster year Polk County had an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent in February, while the U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 8.1 percent. The Texas unemployment rate is up slightly from 6.4 percent in January and 4.5 percent in February 2008. Polk County had a labor force of 16,588 and 15,258 of those currently have jobs. That leaves 1,330 unemployed. Nacogdoches County has the lowest unemployment rate in the 12-county Deep East County area at 5 percent. Sabine County is facing the worst unemployment with 13.1 percent out of work. Texas’ seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment fell by 46,100 in February. Revised data showed Texas employers lost 55,900 jobs in January. Texas recorded a net loss of 62,600 in the past 12 months, compared with job losses of 4.2 million nationwide during the same period. “Texans are facing tough economic times now with signifi cant statewide job losses,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “However, the Texas unemployment rate remains far below that of other large states and the nation as a whole.” Education and Health Services added 14,700 jobs in February, for an industry gain of 58,600 positions in the past year. Mining and Logging employment grew by 1,600 in February adding 15,700 jobs over the last 12 months. Industry losses hit Professional and Business Services and Construction the hardest, down 27,000 and 15,500 jobs, respectively. “The numbers of reported job losses make unemployment more challenging, and TWC is intensifying our assistance to job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Help with work search, skills training and other services are available at workforce centers across the state.” The Midland MSA experienced the lowest unemployment Rate in the state at 3.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The Amarillo and Lubbock MSAs tied for second at 4.5 percent. “Texas is feeling the effects of the national and global economic conditions with job losses across many industries last month,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “Compared with the national situation, Texas continues to record relatively fewer job losses and lower unemployment.” The statistical revisions in the job growth and unemployment numbers reflect the collection of the most current data.