Athens Review, Athens, Texas

April 25, 2013

Jobless rate holds steady

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — The Henderson County unemployment rate held at 7.1 percent in March, despite a slight drop from the previous month in the number of those without jobs.

Figures from the Texas Workforce Commission showed Henderson County with 2,500 unemployed job seekers in March after recording 2,519 unemployed in February. The March total workforce was 35,243, up by 243 from February.

The Henderson County unemployment rate continues to track higher than the state’s. Texas reported 6.4 percent unemployed in March, equaling the February percentage. 

“Across the country and around the world, the word is out that in Texas, we work hard to welcome businesses with open arms,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. “Our growing labor force should encourage businesses to continue investing in the Lone Star State.”

The TWC reports the Leisure and Hospitality field continued to see improved job growth in the state, gaining 5,500 jobs during the month. That’s good news for Henderson County. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, with Cedar Creek Lake and other recreational destinations, the county has 12 percent of its workers in leisure and hospitality related jobs. Statewide, the number is 9.5 percent.

The TWC reminds anyone who needs work that it has facilities to help with work-search assistance, skills training and other services. Job seekers can take advantage of the many services available at no cost from local workforce development boards throughout the state. The local office is located at 205 North Murchison Street in Athens.

The following is a list of Henderson County’s neighbors, the March unemployment rate, followed by the rate for February.

  • Anderson - 7.1, 7.3

  • Ellis - 6.4, 6.5

  • Kaufman - 6.5, 6.4

  • Navarro - 7.9, 8.0

  • Van Zandt - 6.0, 6.1