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Unemployment rate falls to 8.6%
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TRINITY – After remaining at 9.0 percent or above for the first three months of 2011, Trinity County unemployment fell top 8.6 percent in April. According to the latest figures now available from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the April rate was the lowest reported for the county in the past six months. It is down from the 9.0 percent rate recorded in both February and March and the 9.4 percent figure posted for January. The new April rate was down slightly from the 8.7 percent figure recorded one year earlier in April 2010. In January’s 9.4 percent was the highest recorded in Trinity County in the past 20 years. The latest number translates to mean that out of an estimated labor force of 5,890 people, there were 505 county residents looking for work during April. In March, TWC listed a revised estimated labor force of 5,882 with 530 people searching for jobs. The April rate marks the 24th consecutive month that the local rate has been above 8.0 percent. Statewide, April’s actual unem¬ployment rate of 7.7 percent was down from March’s 8.1 percent figure. It also was down from the 7.9 percent jobless figure recorded in April 2010. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state’s April adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 8.0 percent. This was down slightly from the 8.1 percent figure recorded in March and the 8.2 percent rate posted in April 2010. The actual national unemploy¬ment rate for April was listed at 8.7 percent, which was down from the 9.2 percent rate posted for March. It also was down from the 9.5 percent rate recorded for April 2010. April’s sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 9.0 percent was down up March’s 8.8 percent figure but down from the APRIL 2010 rate of 9.9 percent. According to TWC officials, the state’s total nonfarm employment was up by 32,900 jobs in April, representing the addition of 254,400 jobs since April 2010. “Texas has demonstrated its ability to bounce back from the effects of the national recession through strong and consistent job growth over the past year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Over the past five years, Texas added more than 500,000 jobs, the largest gain for any state in the nation.” Pauken was basing his figures on a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics listing job growth from March 2006 to March 2011 for all 50 states. Employment in Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector increased by 17,900 jobs in April for a total of 48,700 positions added over the year. Education and Health Services employment rose by 11,300 jobs in April for a total of 49,000 jobs added this year and an annual job growth rate of 3.6 percent. Professional and Business Services employers added 8,000 jobs in April and showed strong over-the-year growth with 57,900 positions added. April also was this industry’s third consecutive month of jobs added. “When more Texans are employed and providing for themselves and their families, it is good news,” said TWC Labor Commissioner Ronny Congleton. “Although much remains to be done, we have seen significant job growth over the last year, as Texas added more than 254,000 jobs.” The Financial Activities industry added 3,900 positions in April. Businesses in this industry include insurance, real estate, rental and leasing companies. Mining and Logging employment rose for the sixth straight month, as employers added 3,700 jobs since last month and 32,800 jobs since April 2010. “Texas continued to add jobs, with seven of the 11 major industries expanding this past month,” said TWC Public Commissioner Andres Alcantar. “The decrease in the unemployment rate over the month and over the year is another welcome sign.” From among the 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) monitored by TWC, the Midland MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.4 percent. The Amarillo MSA was next at 5.2 percent while the College Station-Bryan MSA was listed at 5.7 percent. The MSA with the highest jobless rate in April was the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA at 11.5 percent followed by the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA at 11.4 percent and the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA at 10.6 percent. Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: April % COUNTY Rate Change Anderson 9.1 -0.5 Angelina 7.4 -0.3 Cherokee 8.3 -0.4 Grimes 7.8 -0.3 Harris 8.0 -0.3 Houston 9.4 -0.6 Jasper 11.5 -0.8 Jefferson 11.0 -0.4 Leon 7.3 -0.4 Liberty 9.9 -0.7 Madison 7.2 -0.7 Montgomery 7.2 -0.3 Nacogdoches 6.4 0.0 Polk 9.6 -0.7 Sabine 15.6 -0.8 San Augustine 11.6 -0.8 San Jacinto 10.3 -0.4 Shelby 7.7 -0.5 Trinity 8.6 -0.4 Tyler 10.6 -0.2 Walker 7.2 -0.1


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