Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 23, 2013

Unemployment percentage down in HC

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The first unemployment figures released on Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission show Henderson County with its smallest percentage without jobs in almost five years.

The October rate was 6.6 percent, an improvement over the 7.3 percent mark in September.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that seasonal-adjusted unemployment fell in Texas to 6.2 percent, down from 6.3 percent in September.

The Texas rate was a full percentage point better than the national rate of 7.3 percent for October. The TWC released two months of statistics on Friday, because the September results were delayed by the federal government shutdown.

TWC records Texas gaining 43,400 jobs during the two months continuing the strong growth for 2013.

“The private sector in Texas recorded a strong annual growth rate of 2.9 percent in October, adding nearly 265,000 jobs over the year," Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar said.  “We encourage job seekers, in particular our returning veterans, to visit their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance in finding work.”

Part of the Henderson County improvement was due to a smaller workforce, which decreased from 35,648 in September to 35,353 in October. The number unemployed fell from 2,520 to 2,428. The county’s 6.6 percent in October was the lowest since the 6.4 percent in December of 2008.

The following is a list of Henderson County’s neighbors, their October  rate, followed by the September rate:

 • Anderson - 6.8, 7.3;

 • Ellis - 5.6, 5.8;

 • Kaufman - 5.8, 6.2;

 • Navarro - 6.4, 6.7;

 • Van Zandt - 5.8, 6.3