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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - November 2009
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County jobless rate up another 0.2%
Polk County Enterprise - November 2009

AUSTIN — Total nonagricultural employment in Texas increased by 41,700 positions in October with significant increases in Professional and Business Services and Education and Health Services. The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.3 percent in October, up from 8.2 percent a month ago, and continued to trend well below the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 10.2 percent. The unemployment rate in Polk County rose 0.2 percent during October to 10.5 percent, according to reports from the Texas Workforce Commission. During October, the number of local workers with jobs shrank from 15,919 to 15,784 leaving 1,829 unemployed in Polk County. The number of employed is down by only 17 workers since the October 2008 report, however. Last year, the Polk County unemployment rate stood at 6.7 percent with 1,134 without jobs and 15,801 having a position. The work force has grown from 16,935 in the October 2008 report to 17,630 in this week’s report. The number of workers available to work dropped by 130 since last month, the TWC report shows. In neighboring Trinity County, the number of unemployed remains up for the year, but is trending down again. Trinity County has 533 unemployed, down from 546 last month. In September 2008, the county had 344 workers out of work and the number grew to 354 in October 2008. The Trinity County labor force is decreasing as well. In September, 6,176 workers were available in Trinity county.

This month there are 6,081 reported. The number of employed dropped from 5,620 to 5,548 for the same period. Last week’s report shows 533 unemployed in Trinity County, down from 546 last month. In San Jacinto County, the jobless rate climbed to 10.7 percent, according to the latest report. The September 2008 unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, which dropped to 6.1 percent the following month, and jot the 10 percent mark in September 2009. Jobless numbers in Angelina County are holding at 8.9 percent, the report showed. The labor force there dropped by about 150 workers to 41,204 with 38,010 having jobs to go to. Angelina County’s jobless rate peaked in July at 9.3 percent. In October 2008, Angelina County only had 4.9 percent unemployed. “In October, the Texas job market regained some lost ground experienced over the past several months, although it is too soon to indicate a trend,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “The Texas unemployment rate continued to edge upward as our state continues to feel the effects of the national economic downturn.” Education and Health Services employment grew in October with the addition of 14,900 jobs, and Professional and Business Services added 10,800 positions in October. Employment in the Financial Activities industry increased by 4,500 jobs in October. “Reports of job gains in October are good news, and certainly better than the alternative, but we remain concerned about the many Texans who still cannot find work,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton.

“We want to encourage those seeking work to take advantage of the job-search and training services available at our workforce centers across Texas.” Employment in the Leisure and Hospitality industry was up in October by 2,600 jobs, while Trade, Transportation and Utilities reported an increase of 2,500 positions in October. Construction employment continued to experience job losses with a decrease of 9,400 jobs last month. “We are encouraged by increased employment reports across most industries in October specifically in the service providing sector which includes health care, business and finance,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “TWC and the 28 local workforce development boards remain determined to help out-ofwork Texans find jobs.”

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