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  • Saturday, September 16, 2017
    Jobless rate holds at 4.6%

    The county’s unemployment rate last month was third-highest in the eight-county region, lower only than Grimes County at 5.8 percent and Waller County at 5.4 percent.

    The August labor force in Washington County totaled 14,446, with 666 unemployed.

    The July jobless rate, also 4.6 percent, included a work force of 14,469 and 665 unemployed.

    The Texas economy expanded for the 14th consecutive month with the addition of 5,500 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in August, according to the TWC.

    Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in July.

    Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year.

    “Texas employers added 298,600 jobs over the year in the diverse and competitive Texas economy,” said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar.

    The trade, transportation and utilities industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 9,100 jobs added.

    Construction expanded by 2,600 jobs, adding 15,200 jobs over the year. Manufacturing saw an increase of 2,200 jobs in August, representing a 4.2 percent employment growth rate over the year, the industry’s highest annual growth rate since March 2012.

    August jobless rates for surrounding counties were (the July comparisons are in parentheses):

    • Austin County — 4.4 percent (4.4).

    • Brazos County — 3.4 percent (3.4).

    • Burleson County — 4.5 percent (4.4).

    • Grimes County — 5.8 percent (5.6).

    • Lee County — 3.5 percent (3.6).

    • Waller County — 5.4 percent (5.1).

    Source: Brenham Banner Press