Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 20, 2013

County unemployment rate sees dip in April

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Henderson County unemployment rate improved in April from the previous month, according to information released on Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The county rate of 6.8 percent was down from 7.0 percent in March, the lowest since 6.7 percent in December. The county reported more people in the total workforce in April and fewer unemployed.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in April at 6.4 percent. It remains well below the nation’s April unemployment rate of 7.5 percent.

“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,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said.

Henderson County had 33,234 on the job in April, an improvement over the 32,995 recorded in March. The number employed was the highest since July 2012, when 33,389 were working. The number unemployed in the county dropped from 2,495 to 2,411.

“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,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. “I applaud the efforts of private sector employers to expand opportunities for Texas workers and encourage them to utilize TWC as a resource.”

Job seekers in Henderson County can get assistance at the East Texas Workforce Center, at 205 N. Murchison St. in Athens. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call ETWC at 903-677-3521.

The following is a list of Henderson County’s neighbors, the April unemployment rate, followed by the rate for March:

• Anderson -  6.8, 7.1

• Ellis - 5.9, 6.4

• Kaufman - 6.2, 6.5

• Navarro - 7.0, 7.9

• Van Zandt - 5.8, 6.0