Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 16, 2012

County’s unemployment same as previous month

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County unemployment rate stayed the same in October as the previous month, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The good news is that rate ties the lowest mark since December, 2008. The county reading of 6.8 percent was slightly higher than the state unemployment rate, which dipped to 6.6 percent after 6.8 percent in September.

The unemployment rate in Texas held firmly below the national rate of 7.9 percent.

“Private sector employers in Texas continue to drive our state’s economic growth, having added 269,000 jobs over the year, for an annual growth rate of 3.0 percent,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “The Texas economy continues to show strength, compared to the national private sector, which has experienced an annual growth rate of 1.8 percent.”

Henderson County saw little movement in the number of workers on the job between September and October, decreasing from 33,845 to 33,856. The number unemployed dropped by two to 2,452 in October.  The total workforce of 36,228 remains slightly below the August mark of 36,370.

TWC figures report that during the last year, 10 of 11 major industries in Texas have shown positive growth. Six of the major industries displayed monthly gains in October.

“It’s good to see the state’s unemployment rate drop by half a point over just the last two months,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “I encourage those looking for work to visit their local Workforce Solutions Office to help them seize the opportunities offered by Texas’ diverse economy.”

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 neighboring counties, their October unemployment rate, followed by the September rate.

• Anderson - 7.3, 7.4

• Ellis - 6.4, 6.2

• Kaufman - 6.5, 6.5

• Navarro - 7.3, 7.5

• Van Zandt - 6.0, 6.1