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Polk County unemployment rate at 8.4%

 

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AUSTIN — The Texas economy added 5,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in June for a total of 303,000 jobs added since June 2012. Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady in June at 6.5 percent. Texas' unemployment rate remained below the nation's June unemployment rate of 7.6 percent. "Economic growth in Texas has proven to be diverse, consistent, and long-term," said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. "The annual job growth across all industries continues to provide opportunity for Texas job seekers." Polk County sags almost two percent behind the state average (8.4 percent). The county began 2013 with 1,603 unemployed citizens, which saw a steady decline over four months to a low of 1,425. In the last two months, unemployment has risen to 1,559 out of work. However, the county's neighbors have similar numbers with Angelina County the lowest at 7 percent and Tyler County the highest at 10.7 percent. Trinity (8 percent) and San Jacinto County (8.2 percent) were both below Polk County. Hardin (8.8 percent) and Liberty County (8.6 percent) were more. Over the month, seven of the 11 major industries in Texas saw positive growth. Leading the way was Leisure and Hospitality, which posted over-the-month growth for the fifth time in six months and added 4,600 jobs. That industry has added 55,600 jobs over the last year for a 5.1 percent annual growth rate. "Our economy continues to offer numerous opportunities to job seekers," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "We encourage those looking for work in Texas to visit a local Workforce Solutions office for help finding the right job for them." Professional and Business Services employment expanded for a fifth consecutive month with the addition of 3,100 jobs in June. The industry has had an annual growth rate at or above 4.0 percent for five straight months. Additionally, Financial Activities, Information, Manufacturing, and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities all saw positive job growth in June. "With an annual growth rate at or above three percent since April 2011, Texas' private employers continue to play an important role in our state's expanding job market," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest June unemployment rate in the state at 3.7 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 4.5 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 5.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted

 

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