Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 16, 2013

HC unemployment down

Henderson County rate 7.3 percent, under June’s 7.5 percent

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Henderson County’s unemployment rate was down slightly in July as the county bounced back from the normal June jump brought about by students entering the workforce.

According to information from the Texas Workforce Commission, the county rate of 7.3 percent was an improvement over the 7.5 percent in June. In January, the rate was 7.7 percent, but the mark improved through the month of May.

The TMC reports that Texas’ seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady in July at 6.5 percent. Texas’ unemployment rate remained below the nation’s July unemployment rate of 7.4 percent.

“As of July, Texas has maintained a positive annual growth rate for 39 straight months,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said.

The big improvement was in financial activities, where the state added 9,000 jobs, the largest monthly increase in that major industry since 1998. This was the sixth monthly gain in the past seven months for financial activities.

Henderson County’s total workforce for July was 36,053, down from 36,192 in June. There were actually 45 fewer workers on the job, with 33,432 employed. The number unemployed totaled 2,621.

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 July unemployment percentage, followed by the rate for June:

• Anderson –  7.7, 7.8

• Ellis - 6.5, 6.7

• Kaufman - 6.7, 7.0

• Navarro - 7.3, 7.8

• Van Zandt - 6.5, 6.6