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San Jacinto News-Times - Local News
Stories Added -  February 2009
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County unemployment rate up to 7.5 percent
San Jacinto News- Times - February 2009

AUSTIN – San Jacinto County’s unemployment rate rose to 7.5 percent in January, while the U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 7.6 percent. The county’s unemployment rate is up from 5.7 percent in January of 2008, according to January statistics released last week. The Texas unemployment rate for January is up from a revised 5.6 percent in December and 4.4 percent a year ago. Texas’ seasonally adjusted nonagricultural employment fell by 75,800 jobs in January. Texas employers showed a net loss of 5,300 jobs over the year, compared with job losses of 3.5 million nationwide during the same period. Through October, Texas’ annual job growth far surpassed every state in the nation at 161,000 jobs. “The national economic crisis is beginning to have a serious, negative impact on our Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. Industry losses hit Manufacturing and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sectors the hardest, down 38,100 and 26,600 jobs, respectively. Trade, Transportation and Utilities includes wholesale and retail trades, air and rail transportation, and transmission of electric power and natural gas. Texas’ year-over-year fi gures continued to fare better, with more than half of the industry sectors still posting positive job growth and several industries showing gains in January. Education and Health Services grew by 3,200 positions for an an industry gain of 50,100 jobs in the past year. Leisure and Hospitality continued its growth trend, adding 1,600 jobs in January and 17,400 jobs in the past 12 months. “Although the unemployment rate in Texas is lower than in other parts of the country, it has gone up in recent months and we are concerned,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “I en- SECOND PHASE UNDERWAY -- The second phase of construction is underway at Shepherd Independent School District campuses. The Intermediate campus construction consists of six additional classrooms and hallways connecting existing buildings. At the High School campus the expansion of the cafeteria has begun along with the addition of four classrooms and two science labs. (Courtesy photo) courage job seekers to seek assistance at more than 240 Texas workforce centers providing help with work search, skills training and other services.” The Midland MSA experienced the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The Amarillo MSA was second at 4.6 percent, followed by the Lubbock MSA at 4.7 percent. “The challenging national and global economic conditions are having a profound effect on Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. The annual March statistical revisions in the job growth and unemployment numbers refl ect the collection of more accurate, end-of-the year data. 2008 job growth and unemployment have been adjusted accordingly.



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