Henderson County saw its best unemployment rate in almost two years in April, according to information released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The county had a rate of 8 percent, the lowest since May, 2009. The figure was an improvement over the 8.5 percent last month. The state also posted an 8-percent unemployment rate in April, down from 8.1 percent in March.

“Texas has demonstrated its ability to bounce back from the effects of the national recession through strong and consistent job growth over the past year,” TWC Chairman Tom Pauken said. “Over the past five years, Texas added more than 500,000 jobs, the largest gain for any state in the nation.”

Henderson County had a decrease in its total labor force in April, with 35,980, down from 36,112 the month before. The county had 33,084 on the job and 2,896 unemployed. The total unemployed in March had been 3,064.

“When more Texans are employed and providing for themselves and their families, it’s good news,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Although much remains to be done, we’ve seen significant job growth over last year.”

Seven of Texas’ 11 major industries gained jobs in April. Employment, trade, transportation and utilities accounted for 17,900 new jobs. Education and health services added 11,300 new jobs.

“TWC has allocated millions in federal spending dollars to support training, and to help Texans find jobs,” Congleton said. “Workforce centers across the state are ready to help job seekers with work search, skills training and other services.”

Henderson County’s neighbors also had improved unemployment rates in April. The following list included unemployment rates for April, followed by March.

• Anderson - 9.1 percent, 9.8 percent.

• Kaufman - 8.3 percent, 8.9 percent.

• Navarro - 8.9 percent , 9.5 percent

• Van Zandt - 7.0 percent, 7.5 percent.

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