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Unemployment rate dips to 9%
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TRINITY – Trinity County’s unemployment rate dipped down to 9 percent in April, according to the latest figures from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The new rate is down from the 9.1 percent jobless figure listed for March and from the 9.4 percent rate posted for January. It is up slightly from the 8,8 percent number listed for February. It also is up significantly from the 7.7 percent unemployment rate posted one year earlier for April 2009. The new 9 percent figure translates to mean that out of an estimated labor force of 5,998, there were 539 county residents looking for work during the month. One month earlier, TWC listed an estimated labor force of 5,980 with 543 people searching for jobs. For the second consecutive month, Trinity County’s unemployment rate has been listed at 8.8 percent – which once again ties its record high. April’s 9 percent marked the 12th straight month of unemployment rates over the 8 percent level. Statewide, April’s actual unem-ployment rate of 8.1 percent was down from the 8.2 percent figure posted in March. It was up substantially from the 6.8 percent rate recorded for April 2009. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state’s April adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 8.3 percent and was up from the 8.2 percent figure posted in March. The latest season¬ally adjusted rate also was up significantly from the 7.3 percent figure re¬corded in April 2009. The actual national unemploy-ment rate for April was listed at 9.5 percent, which was down from the 10.2 percent rate posted for Marh. It was, however, substantially up from the 8.1 percent rate recorded for April 2009. October’s sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 9.9 percent was up from the 9.7 percent figure recorded in March and up from the 8.9 percent figure posted in April 2009. In the report, TWC officials noted nonagricultural employment in Texas grew by 32,500 jobs in April and that Texas employers have added 79,000 jobs since Jan. 1. with significant gains posted in the Profession and Business Services as well as the Education and Health Services sectors of the economy. “The employment results were mixed in Texas for the month of April. While the unemployment rate in our state increased from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent, we did experience job growth in a number of industries,” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken. “Texas had employment gains in such sectors as Construction, Mining and Logging along with Manufacturing.” Construction employment displayed impressive growth in April with an increase of 10,600 jobs. Mining and logging grew for the third consecutive month with 2,800 jobs added in April. Manufacturing employment increased by 700 jobs in April. “The Texas labor force is expanding at a record pace, and there is stiff competition for all these new jobs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Texans searching for work can look to TWC for assistance at workforce centers across the state and on WorkInTexas.com.” Education and health services employment recorded gains of 14,800 positions in April for a total of 65,400 jobs over the past year. Employment in Professional and Business Services increased for the fourth month in a row, gaining 7,900 jobs in April. Other Services employment grew by 7,500 jobs and Financial Activities added 500 jobs in April. “Texas employers added jobs in eight of 11 industries in April, offering opportunities to a diverse pool of job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “TWC and the 28 workforce boards are committed to connecting Texas workers with available jobs.” The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) were tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.6 percent. College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs also tied for the second lowest unemployment rate in April at 5.9 percent, followed by Abilene at 6.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted). Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: APRIL % COUNTY RATE CHANGE Anderson 9.4 -0.2 Angelina 8.3 -0.2 Cherokee 9.0 -0.4 Grimes 8.8 -0.2 Harris 8.4 -0.1 Houston 10.5 +0.1 Jasper 11.2 -0.3 Jefferson 10.8 -0.2 Leon 7.6 0.0 Liberty 10.9 0.0 Madison 8.2 0.0 Montgomery 7.6 -0.1 Nacogdoches 6.7 -0.3 Polk 9.6 -0.3 Sabine 16.3 -0.7 San Augustine 11.8 +0.2 San Jacinto 9.7 -0.5 Shelby 8.4 +0.5 Trinity 9.0 -0.1 Tyler 10.4 -0.5 Walker 7.3 0.0


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