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October 27, 2012

Jobless rate continues to drop locally

ORANGE — The jobless rate in Orange County was lower in September compared to the previous month as well as one year ago, according to information released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The unemployment rate in Orange Country dropped from 10.5 percent in August t0 9.9 percent in September. This is also lower than the 11.4 percent unemployment rate experienced in Orange County in September 2011.

The statewide unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in September, down from 7.1 percent in the largest one-month drop in nearly 30 years, according to the Associated Press.

Unemployment rates in other counties across the region for the month of September were: Jasper County, 9.3 percent, compared to 10.1 percent in August and 11.5 percent a year ago; Newton County, 11.4 percent, compared to 12.4 in August and 13.9 percent a year ago; Sabine County, 14.4 percent, compared to 15.1 percent in August and 15.5 percent a year ago; San Augustine County, 10.1 percent, compared to 10.7 percent in August and 11.9 percent a year ago; and Tyler County, 9.9 percent, compared to 10.6 percent in August and 11.8 percent a year ago.

The unemployment rate in Jefferson County dropped to 10.2 percent in September, down from 11.3 percent in August and 11.4 percent one year ago. The Hardin County unemployment rate also fell in September to 7.7 percent, which is down from 8.5 percent in August and 9.5 percent in September 2011.

As a whole, the Southeast Texas unemployment rate decreased from 10.7 percent in August to 9.8 percent in September. This is also down from the 11.1 percent unemployment rate in September 2011.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in September, down from 7.1 percent in August, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. The state’s unemployment rate is down from 7.9 percent a year ago, and is below the national unemployment rate in September of 7.8 percent. Texas added 21,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in September for a total of 262,700 jobs added since last year.

Seven of the 11 major industries in Texas expanded in September, with the largest gain in professional and business services, growing by 13,600 jobs. The industry has grown by 47,200 positions over the past year.

Jobs in trade, transportation and utilities grew as employers added 9,100 positions in September for a total of 54,700 positions since last year. Education and health services reported 6,600 additional jobs in September, totaling 39,000 jobs added in that industry since September 2011. Employment in leisure and hospitality increased by 3,700 jobs in September for a total of 50,300 jobs added over the year.

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