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Unemployment rate falls to 7.2% in April
Trinity Standard - June 2009
TRINITY – After soaring to a new six year high in March, Trinity County unemployment rate fell in April to 7.2 percent, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
Although down from March’s 7.9 percent jobless rate, the new April figure is still over the 7 percent mark and is the highest recorded for the month in recent memory.
One year ago, in April 2008, the local rate stood at 4.7 percent.
April’s 7.2 percent rate translates to mean that out of an estimated labor force of 5,918 people, there were 427 county residents looking for jobs during the month.
In April, the TWC estimated the county had 5,909 workers with 469 of them looking for jobs.
Statewide, April’s actual unemployment rate of 6.4 percent was down from the 6.7 percent figure posted in March. It was up from the 4.0 percent rate recorded for April 2008.
When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state’s April adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 6.7 percent was unchanged from the March figure. The latest seasonally adjusted rate also was up from the 4.6 percent figure recorded in April 2008.
The actual national unemployment rate for April was listed at 8.6 percent, which was also down from the 9 percent rate posted in March. It was substantially up from the 4,8 rate set one year ago in April 2008.
April’s seasonally adjusted U.S. rate of 8.9 percent was up from the 8.5 percent figure recorded in March and up from the 5 percent figure posted in April 2008.
In the report, TWC officials noted that the state’s seasonally adjusted rate has consistently remained well below the national rate for the past year
Nonagricultural employment fell by 39,500 jobs in April. Texas recorded a net loss of 173,900 jobs in the past 12 months, compared with job losses of 5.2 million nationwide during the same period.
“While the Texas unemployment rate remains substantially lower than the national rate, it is of real concern that Texans who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own are having a difficult time finding employment,” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken.
“Continued unemployment claims remain much higher than a year ago,” he added.
The largest over-the-month drop occurred in the Professional and Business Services sector, which lost 20,100 jobs in April; followed by the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector with a loss of 15,400 jobs.
Leisure and Hospitality posted the largest gain in April, with an additional 10,600 jobs. Education and Health Services added 4,500 jobs, representing an annual job growth rate of 4.5 percent.
“TWC and the 28 local workforce development boards continue to work to help Texans find jobs,” said TWC Labor Commissioner Ronny Congleton. “Federal funds are providing more than 200 million additional dollars for workforce programs.”
Manufacturing employment recorded a loss of 13,300 jobs over the month while the Mining and Logging employment decreased by 5,500 jobs. Employment in the Construction sector fell by 3,200 jobs in April.
“It’s fortunate that some job losses were offset by job gains in Leisure and Hospitality, as well as Education and Health Services,” said TWC Public Commissioner Andres Alcantar.
“In the industries where jobs were lost, out workforce boards stand ready to aid these individuals,” he added.
Of the state’s 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), the highest jobless rate was the 8.9 percent figure recorded for the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA.
Next was the 8.3 percent rate posted for both the Brownsville-Harlingen and Beaumont-Port Arthur MSAs. The El Paso MSA followed at 7.6 percent and the Laredo MSA at 7.2 percent.
The MSA with the lowest unemployment during the month once again was the Amarillo MSA at 4.1 percent, followed by the Lubbock MSA at 4.2 percent and the College Station-Bryan and Midland MSAs tied at 4.5 percent.
Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include:
COUNTY RATE CHANGE
Anderson 7.2 +0.1
Angelina 7.4 -0.1
Cherokee 7.8 -0.3
Grimes 7.1 0.0
Harris 6.3 -0.2
Houston 7.5 -0.3
Jasper 8.3 -0.4
Jefferson 8.3 -0.6
Leon 5.8 -0.2
Liberty 8.2 -0.2
Madison 6.3 -0.3
Montgomery 5.8 -0.2
Nacogdoches 5.3 -0.2
Polk 7.8 -0.5
Sabine 12.9 -0.1
San Augustine 9.1 -0.1
San Jacinto 7.2 -0.2
Shelby 5.9 -0.2
Trinity 7.2 -0.7
Tyler 8.1 -0.4
Walker 5.6 -0.5