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  • Saturday, May 28, 2016
    Jobless rate drops to 4.7%
    Washington County’s unemployment rate in April was 4.7 percent, its lowest rate in almost a year, figures from the Texas Workforce Commission show.
    Last month’s jobless rate was the lowest since May 2015’s 4.1 percent.

    The March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent.
    The county had a labor force of 15,328 in April, with 723 out of work. The March work force was 15,414, with 753 unemployed.
    Texas employers expanded their payrolls in April with the addition of 8,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. The state has added jobs in 12 of the last 13 months.
    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.4 percent in April, up slightly from 4.3 percent in March but below the national average of 5 percent.
    “Texas employers added 189,600 jobs over the past year, creating opportunities for workers in a range of industries,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar.
    Texas offers many competitive advantages to employers who do business in Texas, including a highly skilled workforce.”
    Employment in the education and health services industry was up in April with the addition of 10,900 jobs.
    Growth also continued in professional and business services which added 6,600 jobs over the month and recorded a 1.9 percent annual growth rate.
    April jobless rates for surrounding counties were (the March comparisons are in parentheses):
    • Austin County — 5 percent (5.2).
    • Brazos County — 3 percent (3.2).
    • Burleson County — 4.2 percent (4.5).
    • Fayette County — 3.4 percent (3.6).
    • Grimes County — 6.2 percent (5.8).
    • Lee County — 3.4 percent (3.5).
    • Waller County — 5.1 percent (5.2).

    Source: Brenham Banner-Press