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  • Saturday, December 17, 2016
    Jobless rate drops to 4.6%
    Washington County’s jobless rate in November matched the year-long low of 4.6 percent, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission show.
    The county last month had a labor force of 14,887, with unemployment at 691. The October jobless rate was 5 percent, with the county’s labor force totaling 14,996 and 741 unemployed.

    Washington County’s November 2015 unemployment rate was 5.4 percent.
    Texas added an estimated 210,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 20,900 nonfarm jobs in November, the TWC said. The state has added jobs in 19 of the past 20 months.
    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent in November, down slightly from 4.7 percent in October.
    “I am encouraged by our state’s continued job growth, with Texas employers adding jobs in nine of 11 industries over the past year,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to focus on the workforce needs of our diverse industries and build education and training partnerships that support jobs created by Texas employers.”
    The leisure and hospitality industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 5,700 jobs added. Education and health services employment grew by 4,700 jobs in November, and construction employment expanded by 2,500 jobs.
    “Private-sector employment has been strong over the year with the overall job growth of 171,800 including 15,800 jobs added in November,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The fact that our state has added jobs for 19 of the last 20 months is a credit to the diversity and resilience of employers in Texas.”
    Jobless rates for surrounding counties in November were (the October comparisons are in parentheses):
    • Austin County — 4.7 percent (4.9).
    • Brazos County — 3 percent (3.2).
    • Burleson County — 4.1 percent (4.4).
    • Fayette County — 3.5 percent (3.7)
    • Grimes County — 6.2 percent (6.4).
    • Lee County — 3.6 percent (3.8).
    • Waller County — 4.9 percent (5.3).

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press