Washington County’s jobless rate averaged just under five percent for the entire year and its labor force was averaging 17,581 workers.
The surrounding counties also showed improvement on the jobless front.
Austin County’s jobless rate fell to 4.8 percent from 5.2 percent. Burleson County had a 4.4 jobless rate in December, down from 4.6 percent in November. Fayette County’s jobless rate fell to 3.7 percent, down from 4 percent in November. Grimes County had a slight drop in its unemployment rate to 5.4 percent, it had been 5.5 percent in November. Lee County had a 4.1 jobless rate down from 4.2 percent. Waller County also recorded a drop in its unemployment rate from 5.3 percent in November to 5.1 percent in December.
The jobless figures for the entire state also looked very good. The state recorded a 6.1 percent rate recorded in December was significantly lower than the nationwide rate of 6.7 percent.
Over the month, nine of the 11 major industries in Texas added jobs. The Texas Workforce Commission says trade, transportation and utilities expanded by 8100 jobs.