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San Jacinto News-Times - Local News
Stories Added -  February 2009
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County unemployment rate down
San Jacinto News- Times - February 2009

AUSTIN — Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.0 percent in December, while the U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 7.2 percent. Texas’ unemployment rate has consistently remained well below the national rate for the past year. The Texas unemployment rate for December is up from 5.7 percent in November and 4.2 percent a year ago. San Jacinto County’s unemployment rate of 5.9 percent reported in December, is down from 6.3 percent reported in October and November of 2008. One year ago San Jacinto County’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent. The highest unemployment rate for the county during 2008 was reported in September at 6.4 percent. Texas’ seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment fell by 25,700 jobs in December. Texas employers now have added 153,600 jobs in the past 12 months, compared with job losses of 2.6 million nationwide during the same period. “Our state’s economy has been fairly resilient during these months of economic uncertainty, but the national economic storm has reached Texas,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “The challenge we face now is to minimize the impact of the national trends by continuing to promote our strong business climate and address the skills needs of Texas employers.” Leisure and Hospitality gained 3,800 positions in December, for an industry gain of 31,800 jobs in the past year. Other services, which include automotive, electronic, and commercial repair and maintenance, grew by 1,600 jobs this month, adding 4,400 jobs in the past 12 months. Texas saw broad industry losses in December. Hardest hit were trade, transportation and utilities and manufacturing, with losses of 8,100 and 8,000 jobs, respectively. Texas’ over-the-year fi gures fared better with nine of 11 industries posting positive job growth. “The Texas unemployment rate continued to follow the national unemployment rate’s upward trend,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “For the fi rst time since 2004, our state hit the 6.0 percent unemployment mark after record lows of 4.2 percent just a year ago.”


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