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Jobless rate hits 9.7% for county
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TRINITY – After dipping to 9.4 percent in August, Trinity County’s unemployment rate jumped back to the record high 9.7 percent mark in September. According to the latest figures now available from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the September rate tied the previous record highs set in both June and July of this year. So far in 2011, the local jobless rate has fallen below the 9 percent level only once – with an 8.5 percent rate recorded in April. The local rate has remained above 8 percent for the past 29 months. During that period, the rate has reached or exceeded 9 percent 14 times. The September rate is well above the 8.6 percent unemployment figure recorded by the county one year earlier. The latest 9.7 percent rate translates to mean that out of an estimated labor force of 5,934 people, there were 574 county residents looking for work during September. In August, TWC listed a revised estimated labor force of 5,843 with 552 people searching for jobs. Statewide, September’s actual unem¬ployment rate of 8.4 percent was unchanged from the revised August figure. However, it was up from the 8.0 percent jobless figure recorded in September 2010. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state’s September adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 8.5 percent. This also was unchanged from the 8.5 percent figure recorded August but up from the 8.2 percent rate posted in September 2010. The actual national unemploy¬ment rate for September was listed at 8.8 percent, which was down from the 9.s percent rate posted for August. It also was down from the 9.2 percent rate recorded for September 2010. August’s sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 9.1 percent was unchanged from both the July and September rates but down from the September 2010 rate of 9.6 percent. According to TWC officials, the state’s total nonfarm employment was up by 15,400 jobs in September and by 248,500 over the previous 12 months. “Texas’ unemployment rate remains unchanged at 8.5 percent for September,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Nonetheless, I am encouraged to see that we added 26,500 private sector jobs during that time period. This continues a long-term trend in Texas of healthy private sector job growth with 282,200 such jobs added over the last year.” Professional and Business Services added 18,400 jobs in September, growing by 68,200 positions over the year, for an annual job growth rate of 5.3 percent. Mining and Logging added 3,400 jobs in September, and had the highest annual growth rate of all the major industries in Texas at 18.4 percent. Construction added 7,200 jobs in September, and had the second highest annual growth rate at 6.3 percent. Manufacturing lost 3,000 positions in September, but still added 18,500 positions since September 2010, maintaining an annual growth rate of 2.3 percent. “Texas job seekers have reason to be encouraged,” said TWC Labor Commissioner Ronny Congleton. “Although Texas, like the rest of the country, continues to face challenges, many industries continue to grow here, creating opportunities for those looking for work.” Eight of the 11 major industries in Texas gained jobs in September, and all but two continued to show gains over the year. The Government sector continued to contract, shedding 11,100 jobs in September, totaling 33,700 lost over the year. “This was the 21st consecutive month that Texas’ private sector has added jobs,” said TWC Public Commissioner Andres Alcantar. “As always, TWC and our local workforce centers stand ready to provide quality services to help our customers take advantage of this steady growth.” From among the 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) monitored by TWC, the Midland MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 4.9 percent. The Amarillo MSA was next at 6.0 percent while the Odessa MSA was listed at 6.2 percent. The MSA with the highest jobless rate in September was the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA at 12.4 percent followed by the McAllen - Edinburg - Mission MSA at 12.3 percent and the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA at 11.4 percent. Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: Sept. % COUNTY Rate Change Anderson 9.7 0.0 Angelina 8.3 +0.1 Cherokee 9.4 +0.1 Grimes 8.5 +0.1 Harris 8.6 0.0 Houston 11.7 -0.2 Jasper 12.1 -0.2 Jefferson 11.7 0.0 Leon 8.1 -0.3 Liberty 10.7 -0.2 Madison 8.2 -0.3 Montgomery 7.5 -0.3 Nacogdoches 7.6 0.0 Polk 10.5 +0.3 Sabine 16.1 -0.2 San Augustine 12.0 -2.0 San Jacinto 10.0 +0.1 Shelby 7.9 -2.4 Trinity 9.7 +0.3 Tyler 11.8 -0.2 Walker 8.7 -0.3


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