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  • Saturday, October 22, 2016
    County jobless rate down slightly
    Washington County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in September, as the number of people with jobs grew by 41.
    The jobless rate last month was 5.5 percent, compared to 5.6 percent in August, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission show.

    The September labor force totaled 15,419, with 14,313 employed.
    The August work force was 15,126, with employment totaling 14,272.
    Texas grew by an estimated 38,300 nonfarm jobs in September, the TWC said.
    The state has added jobs in 17 of the last 18 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.8 percent in September, up slightly from 4.7 percent in August, and remained below the national rate of 5 percent.
    “Texas employers continue demonstrating their competitiveness by adding 38,300 jobs in September, for a total of 206,800 jobs added over the year,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar. “This continued growth in a diverse range of industries creates valuable opportunities for our state’s world-class workforce and builds on Texas’ continued success as a global economic leader.”
    The leisure and hospitality industry recorded the largest industry employment gain over the month with 17,900 jobs added.
    Professional and business services employment grew by 6,000 jobs in September. Construction employment expanded for the third consecutive month with the addition of 3,400 jobs.
    “Private-sector employment was strong over the year with the overall job growth of 162,600 and 31,600 jobs added in September,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas is a state that continues to welcome new employers and work with our homegrown businesses, offering them the tools they need to grow and succeed.”
    Jobless rates for surrounding counties were (the August rates are in parentheses):
    • Austin County — 5.7 percent (5.9).
    • Brazos County — 3.6 percent (3.9).
    • Burleson County — 4.9 percent (5.2).
    • Fayette County — 4.1 percent (4.1).
    • Grimes County — 7.2 percent (7.6).
    • Lee County — 4.1 percent (4.2).
    • Waller County — 6 percent (6.4).

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press