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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - July 3, 2007 - July 10, 2007
Copyright 2007 - Polk County Publishing Company

Jobless rate remains steady
Polk County Enterprise, July 2007

LIVINGSTON – Polk County’s unemployment rate remained steady between April and May, according to latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The local rate fell by 0.6 percent the previous reporting period.

Polk County’s May unemploy­ment rate was 5.3 percent, the same as the rate recorded in April.

The most recent rate reflects 898 persons unemployed out of an es­timated labor force of 16,877 workers. The previous month’s rate was based on 903 persons without jobs out of an estimated labor force of 16,891.

Polk County has the fourth highest unemployment rate among the 12 counties that comprise the Deep East Texas Council of Govern­ments (DETCOG) region.  DET­COG includes Angelina, Houston, Jasper, Nacogdoches, Newton, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Trinity and Tyler counties.

Unemployment in the DETCOG counties averaged 4.5 percent in May, down slightly from 4.6 percent the previous month.

Nacogdoches County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate among the DETCOG counties at 3.6 per­cent. Angelina County has the second lowest rate, 3.9 percent. Sabine County has the highest rate, 8.0 percent, followed by Newton and Houston counties, each with 5.8 percent.

The May seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, its lowest point since the current series began in 1976. The unemployment rate dropped from 4.2 percent in April and 5.0 percent a year ago. Seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment in Texas grew by 22,700 jobs in May, with 10 industries gaining jobs from the previous month. Texas employers now have added 239,000 jobs over the past 12 months.

“Sustained job growth and a strong Texas economy have driven the unemployment rate to this historic low,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Diane Rath. “Texas employers are prospering which means more opportunities for working Texans.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The Amarillo and Odessa MSAs were second at 3.0 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs at 3.1 percent.

Professional and Business Services continued to surge forward with 10 consecutive months of job growth, gaining 5,400 positions in May. This industry has added 61,600 jobs this past year. Education and Health Services showed the largest over-the-month increase since last summer, gaining 4,900 jobs. The industry has now logged 38 months of job growth since January 2004.

“Texas employers are making enormous strides across a wide spectrum of industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ron Lehman. “Our state’s annual job growth rate at 2.4 percent now outpaces the U.S. rate at 1.4 percent.”

Trade, Transportation and Utilities recorded employment gains for the sixth consecutive month, adding 2,600 positions in May and 20,900 jobs in the past 12 months. The Mining industry added 1,600 positions this past month and 19,100 jobs in the past year, achieving a 10.5 percent annual job growth rate.

“As more and more people find work, the economy improves for all Texans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “The state has added more than 104,000 jobs since the first of the year.”

Below are May unemployment rates for the DETCOG counties and the percentage of change from the previous month:

Angelina.................... 3.9% (-0.1%)
Houston...................... 5.8% (Same)
Jasper......................... 5.2% (-0.2%)
Nacogdoches............ 3.6% (-0.1%)
Newton....................... 5.8% (-0.3%)
POLK........................... 5.3% (Same)
Sabine......................... 8.0% (-0.6%)
San Augustine.......... 5.1% (-0.1%)
San Jacinto............... 4.6% (+0.2%)
Shelby....................... 4.0% (+0.1%)
Trinity......................... 4.9% (Same)
Tyler............................... 5.1% (-0.3)


 

 





 



 

 

 

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