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  • Saturday, March 26, 2016
    County's jobless rate at 4.8%
    Washington County’s jobless rate dropped during February as more people found jobs.
    The unemployment rate last month was 4.8 percent, with a labor force totaling 15,243 and 733 without jobs, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

    That was the lowest jobless rate since May 2015’s 3.9 percent.
    The January jobless rate for Washington County was 5.1 percent. The county’s labor force that month totaled 14,880, with 755 unemployed.
    The February 2015 unemployment rate for Washington County was 3.9 percent (labor force of 15,727, 612 unemployed).
    TWC said the state added 2,100 nonfarm jobs in February. The state has now expanded its seasonally adjusted employment for 11 consecutive months.
    “Texas gained 170,900 jobs over the past year,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar. “We continue to build local partnerships to equip the current and future workforce with the skills needed for the jobs being created by Texas employers.”
    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in February, down from 4.5 percent in January, and remained below the national average of 4.9 percent.
    “Private employers have expanded their payrolls by 142,800 jobs in Texas over the past year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We are pleased to see that trend continue because it reflects the strength and resiliency of our state’s economy.”
    Texas saw employment growth in seven of the 11 major industries, including increases in all but one of the service providing industries. Some of those gains were offset by losses in goods producing industries.
    Employment in the education and health services industry was up in February with the addition of 6,100 jobs, continuing this industry’s upward trend for 37 consecutive months.
    Solid growth also continued in trade, transportation and utilities which added 5,500 jobs over the month and recorded a 2.3 percent annual growth rate.
    February jobless rates for surrounding counties were (the January comparisons are in parentheses):
    • Austin County — 4.8 percent (4.8).
    • Brazos County — 3.2 percent (3.3).
    • Burleson County — 4.3 percent (4.5).
    • Fayette County — 3.4 percent (3.4).
    • Grimes County — 5.6 percent (5.8).
    • Lee County — 3.4 percent (3.5).
    • Waller County — 5.1 percent (5.2).