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The Henderson County unemployment rate dropped to 3 percent in April, its lowest mark for the year.

Information from Texas Workforce Commission shows the rate dropped from 3.5 percent in March.

The Labor Market Review, published by the TWC shows the non-seasonably adjusted rate for Texas was also 3.0 percent in April.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell once more to 3.7 percent, returning to an all-time record low last held in December of 2018. April marked the 108th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment.“Our state’s ongoing success is linked to the innovation and competitiveness of employers in a range of industries providing Texans more opportunities to demonstrate their world-class skills,” TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs said “In fact, Chief Executive Magazine has named Texas the Best State for Business for the 15th year in a row.”

The number unemployed in Henderson County dropped from 1,322 to 1,092 from March to April. That was brought about partially by a decrease in the size of the labor force, from 37,281 to 36,786.

Over the past 12 months, the civilian labor force increased in 145 counties, while 109 counties in the state experienced a decline, according to the May report.

“As the Texas labor force reaches a historic number, TWC and our 28 local workforce boards are as committed as ever to connecting Texas workers with available jobs,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez said.. “Through career and technical education and training incentives Texas can continue to produce the country’s most skilled workers.”

Assistance in finding employment is available at the East Texas Workforce Solutions, at 205 Murchison St., Suite 101, in Athens.

The following is a list of including Henderson and neighboring counties, their April unemployment rate, followed by their March rate.

• Anderson – 2.4, 2.9

• Cherokee – 3.2, 3.8

• Ellis – 2.6, 3.2

• Kaufman – 2.8, 3.4

• Navarro – 3.0, 3.7

• Van Zandt – 2.7, 3.3