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  • Saturday, June 18, 2016
    County's jobless rate drops slightly
    Washington County’s unemployment rate fell slightly during May as its labor force and the number of people with jobs grew.
    The Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday that the county’s jobless rate last month was 4.6 percent, its lowest in a year.

    The work force in May was 15,341, with 14,638 people employed.
    The April labor force totaled 15,320, with 14,599 having jobs.
    May’s 4.6 unemployment rate was the lowest since 3.9 percent in May 2015.
    The state’s jobless average last month remained the same as the April figure. Nationwide unemployment for May was 4.7 percent, according to the TWC.
    Texas has added an estimated 171,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year, including 200 nonfarm positions added in May. The state has added jobs in 13 of the last 14 months, the Texas Workforce Commission reported.
    Employment increased it the financial activities industry by 4,800 jobs in May. Education and health services jobs continued to be in demand with the addition of 3,700 positions and having added jobs in 39 of the last 40 months. Over the year, this industry has gained 61,700 obs.
    Amarillo had the lowest jobless rate in Texas last month at 2.8 percent. The Austin-Round Rock area had a 2.9 percent unemployment rate for May, the TWC said. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest statewide unemployment rate at 7.0 percent, commission officials said.
    May jobless rates for surrounding counties were (April comparisons are in parentheses);
    • Austin County — 5 percent (5).
    • Brazos County — 3.1 percent (3).
    • Burleson County — 4.4 percent (4.2).
    • Fayette County — 3.3 percent (3.4).
    • Grimes County — 6.6 percent (6.2).
    • Lee County — 3.5 percent (3.4).
    • Waller County — 5.2 percent (5.1).

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press