Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 21, 2013

Unemployment bounces upward in December

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Unemployment bounced upward in Henderson County in December after reaching its lowest point in four years in December.

The county’s December reading of 6.6 percent was still far below the 8.2 percent it recorded in January, 2012, according to information from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Although all of the Henderson County’s neighbors had an increase in unemployment in December, the state rate was down slightly.  TWC reports indicate that the state unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent in November, and from 7.4 percent a year ago.

“I’m glad to see the unemployment rate has dropped by more than a full point over the course of the year,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Positive economic growth is good news for the workers of Texas, and TWC is committed to helping those still looking to get back to work.”

Henderson County had a workforce of 36,041 in December, after reaching 36,119 in November. There were 33,648 county workers on the job, 178 fewer then the previous month. The number unemployed increased from 2,293 in November, to 2,393 in December.

Texas had nearly 11 million workers on the job in December.

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 containing Henderson County and its neighbors, their November unemployment rate followed by the October rate:

• Anderson - 7, 6.7

• Ellis - 6.3, 6.0

• Kaufman - 6.2, 6.1

• Navarro - 6.9, 6.6

• Van Zandt - 5.8, 5.6