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Unemployment falls to 7.1%
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TRINITY – After jumping above 8 percent in January, Trinity County's unemployment has continued to decrease, dipping to 7,1 in April. According to the most recent figures posted by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the county's jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point during the month, falling from 7.3 percent in March down to 7,1 percent in April. This translates to mean that out of an estimated workforce of 5,609, there were 400 county residents looking for work during April. One month earlier, TWC estimated the local labor force at 5,585 with 410 looking for jobs. While the new 7.1 percent rate is down slight from March, it was down even more significantly from the 7.6 percent jobless rate recorded in April 2012 and the 8.7 percent figure posted in April 2011. The highest rate post so far this year is the 8.2 rate for January. That was followed by a 7.4 percent jobless figure in February. Statewide, April's actual unem¬ployment rate of 6.1 percent was down from March's 6.3 percent and from the 6.5 percent jobless figure recorded in April 2012. When seasonal factors are added to the equation, the state's April adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 6.4 percent, which was unchanged from March. The latest seasonally adjusted rate , however, was down from the 7.0 percent figure posted in April 2012. The actual national unemploy¬ment rate for April was listed at 7.1 percent, which was down from the 7.6 percent rate posted in March. The latest national rate also was down from the 7.7 percent rate recorded for April 2012. April's sea¬sonally adjusted U.S. rate of 7.5 percent was down slightly from the 7.6 percent revised rate posted for March. The new rate also was down from the April 2012 rate of 8.1 percent. According to TWC officials, Texas' seasonally adjusted total non-farm employment expanded by 33,100 jobs in April. Texas added 326,100 jobs from April 2012 to April 2013. "All major industries in Texas added jobs over the last 12 months and our civilian labor force is at an all-time high with more than 12.7 million workers," said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. "This is an encouraging period of growth for our state and we will work with our partners to keep Texas the top choice for business in the country." Over the month, eight of the 11 major industries in Texas saw positive growth. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 16,000 jobs in April. The state's largest industry, it has grown by 58,400 jobs over the year. "We're continuing to see strong growth in the construction industry, which is driven in part by our state's growing population and expanding businesses," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. "Over the year, Construction has been the state's fastest growing major industry, with a 7.1 percent annual growth rate." Mining and Logging, which includes oil and gas related jobs, has added 16,800 jobs over the year, including 2,500 in April. Professional and Business Services increased employment by 8,000 jobs in April, for a total of 62,000 jobs added over the year. Education and Health Services expanded for the ninth month in a row with 1,900 positions added, while Information employment rose by 1,400 jobs. Financial Activities expanded by 1,300 payroll jobs. "The private sector continues to drive job growth here in Texas, adding more than 28,000 jobs in April, for a boost of more than 300,000 positions over the year," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade. "I applaud the efforts of private sector employers to expand opportunities for Texas workers and encourage them to utilize TWC as a resource." From among the 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) monitored by TWC, the Midland MSA had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA was next at 3.7 percent while the Amarillo MSA was listed at 4.4 percent. The MSAs with the highest jobless rate in April was the McAllen – Edinburg – Mission MSAs at 10.5 percent. The Brownsville-Harlingen MSA was next at 9.9 percent and the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA was third from the top after recording a rate of 9.8 percent. Unemployment rates posted for other East Texas counties include: APRIL % COUNTY RATE CHANGE Anderson 6.8 -0.3 Angelina 6.2 -0.1 Cherokee 7.1 -0.3 Grimes 5.9 -0.1 Harris 6.0 -0.1 Houston 8.4 -0.5 Jasper 9.6 -0.2 Jefferson 10.3 0.3 Leon 6.3 -0.3 Liberty 7.6 -0.1 Madison 6.5 -0.2 Montgomery 5.2 -0.2 Nacogdoches 6.1 0.0 Polk 7.8 -0.3 Sabine 14.6 -0.4 San Augustine 10.3 -0.2 San Jacinto 7.2 -0.2 Shelby 6.2 -0.1 Trinity 7.1 -0.2 Tyler 9.5 -0.3 Walker 6.1 -0.1


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