Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 22, 2012

Unemployment rate falls to 6.8 in Sept.

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens —

Henderson County’s September unemployment rate fell to its lowest mark since December 2008 in the latest report from the Texas Workforce Commission.

  Henderson County’s rate fell from 7.5 percent in August to 6.8 percent in September. That equals the Texas rate which fell to 6.8 percent in September  from 7.1 percent in August. Surrounding counties also showed improvement for the month. The Henderson County rate is not seasonally-adjusted to compensate for regular fluctuations in the job market.

  Henderson County had 36,296 in the workforce in September, down slightly from the 36,370 in August. There were fewer on the job, with the number unemployed dipping by 202.

  In April 2008, Henderson County had an employment rate of 4.3 percent, based on 1,486 without jobs out of a workforce of 34,914. That rate started to grow and ended the year at 6.5 percent.

   A bright spot for the county was the number of unemployed sliding from 2,733 in August to 2,257 in September.

 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 and its neighbors, their September unemployment rate, followed by the August rate. 

  • Anderson — 7.4, 8.3

  • Ellis — 6.2, 7.0

  • Henderson — 6.8, 7.5

  • Kaufman — 6.5, 7.5

  • Mavarro — 7.5, 8.2

  • Van Zandt — 6.1, 6.7