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Unemployment rate inches down to 8.6%
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TRINITY – Trinity County’s unemployment rate hit it lowest point in more than a year with an 8.6 percent rate reported in August. According to the latest figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission, the county’s jobless rate fell by more than half a percentage from 9.2 percent in June down to July’s 8.6 percent. The latest number translates to mean that out of an estimated labor force of 6,109 people, there were 528 county residents looking for work during July. In June, TWC listed an estimated labor force of 6,006 with 553 people searching for jobs. The new rate is also is down from the 9.0 percent unemployment figure posted one year ago for July 2009 but up from the 5.6 percent rate listed for July 2008. July’s rate marked the 15th consecutive month that the local rate has been above 8.0 percent but is the lowest since an 8.1 percent figure was posted in May 2009. Statewide, July’s actual unem-ployment rate of 8.5 percent was unchanged from the June figure. However, it was up from the 8.3 percent rate recorded for July 2009. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state’s July adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 8.2 percent and was unchanged from the June seasonally adjusted number. The latest adjusted rate also was up from the 7.9 percent figure re-corded in July 2009. The actual national unemploy-ment rate for July was listed at 9.7 percent, which was up from the 9.6 percent rate posted for June. It was, however, unchanged from the 9.7 percent rate recorded for July 2009. July’s sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 9.5 percent was unchanged from June and up from the 9.4 percent unemployment rate recorded in July 2009. In the report, TWC officials noted nonagricultural employment in Texas grew by 4,600 jobs in July and that Texas employers have added 168,900 since January. “Private sector employers in Texas continued adding jobs in July, a trend we’ve seen since the first of the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Significant Government job losses offset much of the gains in the private sector in July.” The Professional and Business Services industry recorded its largest monthly job gain in more than a decade with 12,600 positions added in July. Employment in Financial Activities was up by 3,700 jobs. “Consistent job growth over many industries provides opportunities for Texans, but we remain concerned about those who have not been able to find work, especially the long-term unemployed,” said TWC Labor Commissioner Ronny Congleton. “TWC and the 28 local workforce boards are committed to helping job seekers find these opportunities.” Mining and Logging employment grew by 4,600 jobs in July and has added jobs for six consecutive months. The Construction and Manufacturing sector each added 4,300 jobs in July. “Texas employers are regaining ground with broad-based job growth in seven industries in July, highlighted by gains in Professional and Business Services,” said TWC Public Commissioner Andres Alcantar. “Job seekers should turn to WorkInTexas.com and our workforce centers across Texas for reemployment and support services.” The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 5.7 percent. The Amarillo MSA was next at 5.8 percent while the San Angelo MSA was listed at 6.6 percent. The Lubbock and College Station MSAs were tied at 6.7 percent. The MSA with the highest jobless rate in May was the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA at 12.3 percent followed by the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA at 11.7 percent. Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: JULY % COUNTY RATE CHANGE Anderson 9.8 0.0 Angelina 8.4 -0.1 Cherokee 9.5 +0.2 Grimes 9.0 -0.3 Harris 8.8 0.0 Houston 10.5 -0.1 Jasper 11.6 -0.2 Jefferson 11.3 -0.2 Leon 7.5 -0.2 Liberty 11.2 -0.1 Madison 8.7 +0.1 Montgomery 7.8 -0.1 Nacogdoches 7.2 -0.1 Polk 9.9 -0.1 Sabine 15.6 -0.8 San Augustine 12.1 0.0 San Jacinto 10.0 +0.1 Shelby 8.7 0.0 Trinity 8.6 -0.6 Tyler 11.1 0.0 Walker 8.0 -0.1


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