Athens Review, Athens, Texas

December 26, 2012

County jobless numbers take dip

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

ATHENS — The Henderson County unemployment rate dropped to its lowest point in 2012 in November, hitting 6.4 percent — its best mark since December 2008.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the county unemployment figure fell from 6.8 percent in October. The number of unemployed workers also fell for Henderson County, from 2,472 to 2,294,

The TWC reports the Texas unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October and 7.3 percent at the start of 2012. Texas’ rate was also its lowest since December 2008.

“Texas is showing sustained economic strength, and our unemployment rate is now the lowest that it has been since December 2008,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said.

Henderson County began the year with an 8.4 percent unemployment rate

“Private sector employers continue to lead the way to growth and prosperity in Texas,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Tom Pauken said. “We’ve seen 266,400 private sector jobs added in Texas over the past year, and we’re maintaining a 3.0 percent annual growth rate.”

Henderson County saw growth in the number on the job during 2012. The county had 33,304 employed in January, which had grown to 33,810 in November.

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 November unemployment rate followed by the October rate:

• Anderson - 6.8, 7.3   • Kaufman - 6.1, 6.5

• Van Zandt - 5.6, 6.0  • Navarro - 6.6, 7.3