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  • Monday, September 26, 2016
    Jobless rate drops slightly
    Washington County’s jobless rate dropped slightly in August, when its labor force dropped slightly and a few more people found work.
     
    Last month’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, with a labor force of 15,124 and 14,270 employed, according to figures from the Texas Workforce Commission.

    That compares to a July rate of 5.8 percent, when the county had a work force of 15,147 and 14,266 people having jobs.
     
    In August 2015, the jobless rate was 5.3 percent (labor force of 15,443, 14,629 employed).
     
    Texas grew by an estimated 21,400 nonfarm jobs in August. The state has added jobs in 16 of the last 17 months.
     
    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent in August, up slightly from 4.6 percent in July, and remained below the national rate of 4.9 percent.
     
    “Texas employers added 190,600 jobs over the past year, with the diversity of our economy highlighted by nine out of 11 industries adding jobs,” said Texas Workforce Commission chairman Andres Alcantar.
     
    The financial activities industry recorded the largest industry employment gain over the month with 6,200 jobs added.
     
    Trade, transportation and utilities employment added 4,000 jobs in August.
     
    Construction employment expanded for the second consecutive month with the addition of 1,300 jobs.
     
    “Private sector employment was strong over the year with the overall job growth of 150,900 and 18,500 jobs added in August,” said TWC commissioner Ruth R. Hughs, representing employers. “The fact that our state has added jobs for 16 of the last 17 months is a credit to the diversity and resilience of employers in Texas.”
     
    August jobless rates for surrounding counties were (the July comparisons are in parentheses):
     
    • Austin County — 5.9 percent (6).
     
    • Brazos County — 3.9 percent (4).
     
    • Burleson County — 5.2 percent (5.1).
     
    • Fayette County — 4.1 percent (4.1).
     
    • Grimes County — 7.6 percent (7.8).
     
    • Lee County — 4.2 percent (4.3).
     
    • Waller County — 6.4 percent (6.4).

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press