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Unemployment climbs to 8.2%
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TRINITY – After declining during the months leading up to the Christmas season, Trinity County's unemployment rate once again jumped over the 8 percent mark in January. According to the most recent figures posted by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the county's jobless rate grew from 7.3 percent in December up to 8.2 percent in January. This translates to mean that out of an estimated workforce of 5,636, there were 460 county residents looking for work during January. One month earlier, TWC estimated the local labor force at 5,639 with 411 looking for jobs. While the new 8.2 percent rate is up from December, it is still below the 9.3 percent jobless rate recorded in January 2012 and well below the 9.6 percent figure posted in January 2011. Statewide, January's actual unem¬ployment rate of 6.9 percent was significantly up from December's 6.0 percent but was down from 7.5 percent jobless figure recorded in January 2012. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state's January adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 6.3 percent, which was up slightly from December's 6.2 percent rate. The latest seasonally adjusted rate was down from the 7.2 percent figure posted in January 2012. The actual national unemploy¬ment rate for January was listed at 8.5 percent, which was up from the 7.6 percent rate posted in December. It was down from the 8.8 percent rate recorded for January 2012. December's sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 7.9 percent was up slightly from the 7.8 percent revised rate posted for December. The new rate was down from the January 2012 rate of 8.3 percent. According to TWC officials, Texas employers continued to expand their payrolls in January with the addition of 10,400 total nonfarm jobs for a total of 310,900 jobs added over the year. In January 2013, Texas reported more than 11 million total nonfarm jobs. "The Texas economy continues to add jobs and create opportunity, with growth in all 11 major industries over the last year," said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. "I encourage job seekers and employers to visit WorkInTexas.com, or a local Workforce Solutions office, to take advantage of the quality services available to them." Eight out of 11 major industries saw positive growth over the month, with Leisure and Hospitality leading the way in hiring for January with 8,900 jobs added. This industry has added 62,500 jobs over the last year for a 5.9 percent annual growth rate. "It's good to see so many different opportunities continuing to arise here in Texas," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "For example the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry alone has grown by nearly 64,000 jobs over the past year. That's more than any other industry in Texas." The Mining and Logging industry, which includes oil- and gas-related jobs, added 19,700 jobs from January 2012 to January 2013 for a 7.6 percent annual growth rate. The Construction industry grew by 28,500 jobs over the last year for a 5.0 percent annual growth rate. Private industries in Texas added 15,400 jobs in January, for a total of 304,700 private sector jobs added over the past year. Over the last year the private sector has grown at a rate of 3.4 percent. From among the 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) monitored by TWC, the Midland MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.4 percent. The Odessa MSA was next at 4.1 percent while the Amarillo MSA was listed at 4.9 percent. The MSAs with the highest jobless rate in January was the McAllen – Edinburg – Mission MSAs at 11.6 percent. The Brownsville-Harlingen MSA was next at 11 percent and the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA was third from the top after recording a rate of 10.8 percent. Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: JAN. % COUNTY RATE CHANGE Anderson 8.0 +1.1 Angelina 7.1 +0.9 Cherokee 8.2 +1.0 Grimes 6.6 +1.0 Harris 6.8 +0.8 Houston 9.6 +1.2 Jasper 10.8 +1.2 Jefferson 11.3 +1.0 Leon 7.3 +1.0 Liberty 9.0 +1.1 Madison 7.4 +1.1 Montgomery 5.8 +0.7 Nacogdoches 6.6 +0.9 Polk 8.8 +1.1 Sabine 16.6 +1.1 San Augustine 11.3 +1.1 San Jacinto 8.2 +0.6 Shelby 7.1 +0.8 Trinity 8.2 +0.9 Tyler 10.9 +1.1 Walker 7.0 +1.1


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