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March 29, 2014

Unemployment takes slight uptick in Henderson County

Athens — Henderson County and its neighbors saw a slight uptick in its unemployment rate in February, according to the monthly release of information from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The increase, from 6.1 percent in January to 6.2 percent in February, was brought about by an increase in the labor force. There were actually more Henderson County citizens on the job in February than in January.

In January, Henderson County had 2,197 unemployed, but that figure grew to 2,243 in February. During that period, the number employed in the county grew from 33,532 to 33,799.

The TWC reports Texas employers added 37,600 seasonally-adjusted total nonfarm jobs in February. Those additions, coupled with a revised gain of 43,000 jobs in January, boosted annual growth to 314,200 jobs in Texas.

Texas’ seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent in February. It was down from 6.5 percent in February 2013, and was a full percentage point below the nation’s February unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

“The Texas economy added 314,200 jobs over the year for an annual growth rate of 2.8 percent,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “I encourage job seekers to visit their local Workforce Solutions office to take advantage of the jobs being created across industries in Texas.”

The TWC reports eight out of 11 major industries in the state expanded over the month. Industries in the private sector added 31,000 jobs in February for a total of 278,000 added over the year and a 3.0 percent annual growth rate. Professional and Business Services added more positions than any other major industry over the month, with 10,600 jobs added.

“In the last year, we have seen broad-based growth in Texas, with all 11 major industries continuing to grow annually, and 10 of those industries posting annual growth rates of 2.0 percent or higher,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said.

The following is a list of counties in the Henderson County area, their February unemployment rate, followed by their January rate.

• Anderson - 6.6, 6.5

• Ellis - 5.7, 5.6

• Henderson - 6.2, 6.1

• Kaufman - 6.1, 6.0

• Navarro - 6.6, 6.4

• Van Zandt - 5.7, 5.5

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