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March 11, 2014

County unemployment edges upward

Athens — Henderson County unemployment edged upward in January, falling between the state and national rates.

The January Texas Workforce Commission Report, issued on Friday, gave Henderson County a 6.1 percent reading, after a 6.0 percent rate in December. The national unemployment figure was 7.1 percent, while Texas enjoyed its lowest mark since 2008, 5.7 percent.

Governor Rick Perry applauded the economic news.

“Every day, more Texans are going to work, earning a living and supporting their families because we follow a simple recipe for job creation: We keep our taxes low, our regulations effective and predictable, our courts fair and our schools accountable, “Perry said. “That’s why Texas has been the national epicenter for job creation for more than a decade, and today’s numbers indicate we’re not slowing down anytime soon. While Washington is unable to significantly move the needle on unemployment, in Texas we free job creators to pursue success, which means more good-paying jobs for more Texans.”

Henderson County had a workforce of 35,751 in January of which 33,554 had jobs. The county had 110 more employed than in December, but an increase in the total workforce of 144 drove the unemployment rate upward. The county had 2,153 unemployed in December followed by 2,197 in January. The 33,554 employed in January was the most in the county since July 33,780 were on the job.

“I encourage everyone who is looking for work in Texas to visit one of our local Workforce Solutions offices across the state,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said.

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 January unemployment rate, followed by the rate for December.

  • Anderson — 6.5, 6.3

  • Ellis — 5.6, 5.5

  • Henderson — 6.1, 6.0

  • Kaufman — 6.0, 5.7,

  • Navarro — 6.4, 5.9

  • Van Zandt — 5.5, 5.5

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