Athens Review, Athens, Texas

September 20, 2013

Dip in workforce causes unemployment rate to fall

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Henderson County’s unemployment rate fell in August, due mainly to a dip in the total workforce.

The Texas Workforce Commission reports the county with 6.9 percent unemployed in August after a 7.3 percent reading in July. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in Texas fell to 6.4 percent in August, down from 6.5 percent in July, and from 6.8 percent a year ago. Texas’ unemployment rate remained below the national unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

“Every major industry in Texas showed positive annual job growth and Texas employers added 274,700 jobs over the year,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said.

Henderson County had 33,221 on the job in August, after 33,416 in July. The number of unemployed dropped from 2,625 to 2,460.

According to information from the Texas Workforce Commission, the county rate was its lowest of 2013. In January, the rate was 7.7 percent, but the mark improved steadily throughout the spring.

“Texans continued to find jobs in the education and health services industry, which added 6,700 jobs in August for a total of 39,700 jobs since last year,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said.

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 neighboring counties, followed by the August unemployment rate and the July rate.

• Anderson - 7.2, 7.7

• Ellis - 6.0, 6.5

• Kaufman - 6.2, 6.7

• Navarro - 6.6, 7.3

• Van Zandt - 6.1, 6.5