2010-06-10 / Front Page

Lee County Jobless Rate Optimistic

Lee County’s jobless rate for April was set at 7.0%, which is good news considering the national seasonally adjusted rate is 9.9% and Texas, as a whole, has a seasonally adjusted jobless rate of 8.3%, which is up from 8.2% in March. Unfortunately, we are affected by Milam County’s jobless rate of 10.5%, which is above the state and US levels. This, as we all know, has much to do with the Alcoa plant closing in 2008. However, Milam County’s unemployment is less than it was in March of this year, having fallen .03%,

Texas total nonagricultural employment grew for the fourth consecutive month gaining 32,500 jobs in April. Texas employers have added 79,000 jobs since the beginning of 2010. The Texas Civilian Labor Force grew by another 51,000 workers in April. More Texans are employed than ever before at 11.2 million workers.

“The employment results were mixed in Texas for the month of April. While the unemployment rate in our state increased from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent, we did experience job growth in a number of industries,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Texas had employment gains in such sectors as Construction, Mining and Logging along with Manufacturing.”

Construction employment displayed impressive growth in April with an increase of 10,600 jobs. Mining and Logging grew for the third consecutive month with 2,800 jobs added in April. Manufacturing employment increased by 700 jobs in April.

“The Texas labor force is expanding at a record pace, and there is stiff competition for all these new jobs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Texans searching for work can look to TWC for assistance at workforce centers across the state and on WorkInTexas.com.”

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