Hill County Unemployment Rate Down From Last Year

Jobless rate unchanged for second month in Stanislaus County

Lewis County's rate rose from a record low of 5.5 percent in October to 5.9 percent in November.

Numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission indicate the county's labor force was 18,514 in November compared to the annual average of 18,825 in 2016 suggesting there are fewer people working or looking for work.

Eight of the nine regional county's employment rates have declined since last month, according to figures released Wednesday by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

In Thurston County, the unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in October to 4.4 percent in November.

St. Lawrence County tied with Oswego County for the fourth highest unemployment rate last month at 6.4 percent.

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Five out of the nine counties in this region had the 10 best unemployment rates in the state, led by Mercer County (first, 2.7 percent), Putnam County (third, 3 percent), Auglaize County (sixth, 3.1 percent), Hancock County (seventh, 3.1 percent) and Van Wert (10th, 3.4).

Scott County's jobless rate fared better than Clinton County's, which came in at 3.4 percent in November, down a point from a year ago. Keyes had a rate of 10.2 percent in November, which was a dip from the 10.4 percent posted in October. Wilson County's rate in November represented 1,880 unemployed workers compared to a 69,750-person workforce and does not include those who did not file with the labor department or no longer receive benefits.

"We always have the highest unemployment rate when it comes to metropolitan areas", she said. Leisure and hospitality was unchanged.

"The addition of 330,600 jobs over the year demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce", said TWC chairman Andres Alcantar. Private-sector losses were also estimated in professional and business services (-80) and construction (-50).

Total payroll employment fell by 230 jobs in November. Other industries showed little estimated job change in November. The rate is down from previous year when it was 6.1 percent, not a statistically significant decline. Manufacturing added 100 jobs. Job losses continue to be concentrated in government (-120 jobs). Also, the number of people employed has increased by 300, bringing the labor force to 48,200.

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