Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 23, 2013

Fewer people working in HC

Unemployment rates higher for June

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — A growing summer workforce resulted in a higher unemployment rate for Henderson County in June, according to information from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The county unemployment rate rose from 7.1 to 7.5 percent, its highest mark since the 7.7 percent reading in January. The number unemployed increased from 2,542 to 2,716.

TWC reports that the Texas economy added 5,800 seasonally-adjusted total nonfarm jobs in June for a total of 303,000 jobs added since June, 2012.

Texas’ seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady in June at 6.5 percent. Texas’ unemployment rate remained below the nation’s June unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

  “Economic growth in Texas has proven to be diverse, consistent, and long-term,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “The annual job growth across all industries continues to provide opportunity for Texas job seekers.”

  Henderson County’s total work force grew by 267 from May to June. The number on the job grew by 93 to 33,452.

  “Our economy continues to offer numerous opportunities to job seekers,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said “We encourage those looking for work in Texas to visit a local Workforce Solutions office for help finding the right job for them.”

 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 June unemployment percentage, followed by the rate for May:

• Anderson – 7.8, 7.1

• Ellis - 6.7, 6.3

• Kaufman - 7.1, 6.4

• Navarro - 7.8, 7.2

• Van Zandt - 6.6, 6.2