Unemployment dips below 8 percent
Nick Todaro, [email protected]
Ellis County unemployment declined again in April, continuing a general decline in joblessness and following a statewide regression that has stretched for several months.
April’s unadjusted figures, released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission, show a 0.2-percent decline in unemployment to 7.9 percent, outpacing the state’s 8-percent unemployment rate.
The monthly decline follows a sharper dropoff of 0.4 percent in March in Ellis County.
Of a total labor force of 73,538, 67,740 were reported as working, leaving the number of unemployed residents around 5,800.
Statewide, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 8.0 percent for April, down from 8.1 percent in March, and from 8.2 percent a year ago.
Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 32,900 jobs in April for a total gain of 254,400 jobs from a year ago.
Employment in trade, transportation, and utilities increased by 17,900 jobs in April for a total of 48,700 positions added over the year; education and health services employment rose by 11,300 jobs in April for a total of 49,000 jobs added this year and an annual job growth rate of 3.6 percent.
Professional and business services employers added 8,000 jobs in April and showed strong over-the-year growth with 57,900 positions added.
April also was this industry’s third consecutive month of jobs added.
The financial activities industry added 3,900 positions in April. Businesses in this industry include insurance, real estate, rental and leasing companies; mining and logging employment rose for the sixth straight month, as employers added 3,700 jobs since last month and 32,800 jobs since April 2010.
“Texas continued to add jobs, with seven of the 11 major industries expanding this past month,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “The decrease in the unemployment rate over the month and over the year is another welcome sign.”
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area had the lowest April unemployment rate in the state at 4.4 percent.
The Amarillo MSA had the second-lowest unemployment rate in April at 5.2 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan MSA at 5.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted).