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Unemployment rate inches up to 8.7%
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TRINITY – After dipping to its lowest point in over a year in July, Trinity County’s August unemployment rate inched back up to 8.7 percent. According to the latest figures available from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the county’s jobless number climbed by one-tenth of a point, up from the 8.6 percent rate posted for July. However, the latest number is down from the 8.8 percent rate recorded for August 2009. The latest number translates to mean that out of an estimated labor force of 6,131 people, there were 532 county residents looking for work during August. In July, TWC listed an estimated labor force of 6,109 with 528 people searching for jobs. July’s rate marked the 16th consecutive month that the local rate has been above 8.0 percent but is well below the 9.4 percent jobless rate posted in January. Statewide, August’s actual unem¬ployment rate of 8.4 percent was down slightly from the 8.5 percent July figure. However, it was up from the 8.1 percent rate recorded for August 2009. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state’s August adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 8.3 percent and was up from the July seasonally adjusted number of 8.2. The latest adjusted rate also was up from the 8.0 percent figure re¬corded in August 2009. The actual national unemploy-ment rate for August was listed at 9.5 percent, which was down from the 9.7 percent rate posted for July. It also was down from the 9.6 percent rate recorded for August 2009. August’s sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 9.6 percent was up from the 9.5 percent figure posted in July but down from the 9.7 percent recorded one year ago in August, 2009. According to TWC officials, the total Texas non-farm employment was down by 34,200 jobs in August due to a loss of government jobs, although Texas non-government jobs increased during the month. “Texas annual job gains have been broad-based with most major industries experiencing positive job growth,” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken. “More temporary workers in Texas hired by the federal government for the 2010 Census were dropped from government payrolls in August. That contributed to a decrease of 35,300 government jobs during that month, thus resulting in overall Texas job losses in August.” Education and Health Services grew by 12,400 positions in August, and Professional and Business Services increased by 4,100 jobs over the month, representing the eighth consecutive month of employment gains in this industry. “Texas job growth over the year represents opportunities for Texas workers,” said TWC Labor Commissioner Ronny Congleton. “However, for those individuals still looking for work and especially for those who no longer have access to unemployment benefits, the job-search situation remains frustrating. TWC workforce centers across the state can assist with WorkInTexas.com and other job-search services.” Information industry employment, including media and telecommunications carriers, increased by 900 jobs in August, and the employment in the Manufacturing industry grew by 1,300 jobs over the month. “Job gains in Education and Health Services, Manufacturing, and Professional and Business Services are encouraging to Texans seeking employment,” said TWC Public Commissioner Andres Alcantar. “While the unemployment rate remains more than a full percentage point below the national rate, TWC and Texas Workforce Solutions remain committed to assisting job seekers and employers across the state.” The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.6 percent. The Amarillo MSA was next at 5.7 percent while the Lubbock MSA was listed at 6.4 percent. The San Angelo MSA came in at 6.6 percent and the College Station MSA was listed at 6.8 percent. The MSA with the highest jobless rate in August was the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA at 12.2 percent followed by the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA at 11.7 percent. Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: AUG. % COUNTY RATE CHANGE Anderson 9.8 0.0 Angelina 8.3 -0.1 Cherokee 9.2 -0.3 Grimes 9.0 0.0 Harris 8.6 -0.2 Houston 10.2 -0.3 Jasper 11.5 -0.1 Jefferson 11.1 -0.2 Leon 7.4 -0.1 Liberty 10.8 -0.4 Madison 8.8 +0.1 Montgomery 7.7 -0.1 Nacogdoches 7.2 0.0 Polk 9.9 0.0 Sabine 15.6 0.0 San Augustine 11.5 -0.6 San Jacinto 10.5 +0.5 Shelby 8.5 -0.2 Trinity 8.7 +0.1 Tyler 10.7 -0.4 Walker 8.0 0.0


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