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April 20, 2011

Increase shown in number of people employed in county

Athens — Henderson County had more people on the job, and a lower unemployment rate in March, according to information released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The county unemployment rate dipped from 8.8 percent to 8.4 percent from February to March. The number on the job rose from 32,825 to 33,337.

TWC Chairman Tom Pauken reported that the state saw a small decrease in the unemployment rate from 8.2 percent to 8.1 percent.

“The professional and business services industry lead Texas job growth in March with an increase of 10,800 jobs,” Pauken said. “This industry has shown positive monthly growth for the year with a total employment increase of 53,800 jobs.”

Henderson County’s rate continued to stairstep downward from the 8.9 percent unemployment recorded in January. Henderson County saw its total workforce grow  from 35,921 to 36,398 from February to March.

“More jobs and more Texans working are the bottom lines,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Our labor force, strong and diverse, continues to grow.”

Congleton said the TWC goal continues to be a job for every Texan who wants to work. Those who are seeking employment can get help locally 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 are the unemployment rates for Henderson County neighbors, with the January figures, followed by the February figures:

• Anderson — 9.8, 9.8;

• Ellis — 8.4, 8.2;

• Kaufman — 8.9, 8.9;

• Navarro — 9.9, 9.5;

• Van Zandt — 7.8, 7.5

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