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Polk County Enterprise - Local News
Stories Added - June 3, 2007 - June 10, 2007
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Local unemployment rate declines
Polk County Enterprise, June 2007

LIVINGSTON – Polk County’s unemployment rate fell by 0.6 percent between March and April, according to latest fig­ures released by the Texas Work­force Commission (TWC). The statewide unemployment rate also fell, from 4.2 percent to April’s 3.9 percent.
Polk County’s April unemploy­ment rate was 5.3 percent, down from 5.9 percent in March. In April of 2006, the rate was 6.2 percent.
The most recent rate reflects 903 persons unemployed out of an es­timated labor force of 16,891 workers. The previous month’s rate was based on 1,005 persons without jobs out of an estimated labor force of 16,921.
Polk County has the sixth 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 averages 4.6 percent, down from 5.0 percent the previous month.
Nacogdoches County continues to have the lowest unemployment rate among the DETCOG counties at 3.7 per­cent. Shelby County has the second lowest rate, 3.9 percent. Sabine County has the highest rate, 8.6 percent, followed by Newton County with 6.1 percent.
Seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment in Texas grew by 23,500 jobs in April for a total of 240,800 jobs in the past year. The state’s annual job growth rate rose slightly in April to 2.4 percent from last month’s 2.3 percent. The April seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in March and 5.0 percent a year ago.
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The Odessa MSA was second at 3.0 percent, followed by the Lubbock MSA at 3.1 percent.
“Our sustained job gains and falling unemployment rate exemplify the underlying strength of the Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Diane Rath. “The Texas unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, well below the national unemployment rate of 4.5 percent.”
Professional & Business Services gained jobs for the ninth consecutive month, adding 11,700 jobs in April. The industry has gained 61,100 jobs in the past year. The Leisure & Hospitality sector followed with an increase of 5,000 jobs in April, for a year-over-year gain of 39,400 positions.
“Texas employers continue to create jobs at a tremendous pace, benefiting our regional economies and communities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ron Lehman. “With expansion in 10 of 11 industries, we’re seeing significant annual job growth rates such as 5.0 percent for Business & Professional Services, and 10.0 percent for Mining.”
Trade, Transportation & Utilities added 3,600 jobs in April, with 26,300 jobs created since last year.
Education & Health Services increased by 2,500 jobs in April for a total of 24,700 since April 2006.
“It’s always a great sign when the ranks of the unemployed are declining and more Texans are back to work,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “It’s rewarding to know that in the past four weeks we’ve added more than 23,000 jobs.”
Below are April unemployment rates for the DETCOG counties and the percentage of change from the previous month:
Angelina................... 4.0% (-0.3%)
Houston.................... 5.8% (-0.4%)
Jasper........................ 5.4% (-0.1%)
Nacogdoches........... 3.7% (-0.4%)
Newton..................... 6.1% (-0.3%)
POLK........................ 5.3% (-0.6%)
Sabine...................... 8.6% (+0.2%)
San Augustine......... 5.2% (-0.6%)
San Jacinto............... 4.4% (-0.5%)
Shelby....................... 3.9% (-0.5%)
Trinity....................... 4.9% (-0.5%)
Tyler............................. 5.4% (-0.1)


 

 





 



 

 

 

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