Athens Review, Athens, Texas

June 27, 2013

HC unemployment up

Figures indicate May rate at 6.5, compared with 6.4 in April

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Henderson  County and its neighbors saw an increase in the unemployment rate in May, according to information released from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Henderson County total workforce increased for the month, along with the number unemployed. The new rate of 7.1 percent was a jump from 6.8 percent in  April.  Texas’ seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly in May to 6.5 percent, from 6.4 percent in April, as the state’s civilian labor force population continued to grow.

Texas’ unemployment rate remained below the nation’s May unemployment rate of 7.6 percent.

Henderson County reported a total workforce of 35,925 in May, an increase from 35,642 the previous month. The number unemployed rose from 2,407 to 2,542 from April to May.

“I’m encouraged that Texas job seekers continue to find work,”  TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Despite the slight increase in the unemployment rate in May, Texas’ civilian labor force, the second largest in the nation, continues to grow, and that’s a positive sign.”

TWC reports that construction remained the fastest growing major industry in Texas, with a 6.7 percent annual growth rate. The Professional and Business Services has maintained 4.2 percent annual growth rate for 2013.

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 May unemployment rate, followed by the rate for April:

•  Anderson – 7.1, 6.8

•  Ellis - 6.3, 5.9

• Kaufman - 6.4, 6.2

• Navarro - 7.2, 7.0

• Van Zandt - 7.1, 6.8