WASHINGTON COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN AGAIN

The Washington County unemployment dropped to 4.6 percent for the month of October.  The September rate had been 4.9 percent.  The county’s jobless rate matches the rate of unemployment from one year ago.

The three-tenths of a percent drop was reflected in several of the area counties in October.

Austin County’s jobless rate fell to 5.3 percent in October after being 5.6 percent in September. Burleson County had an unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in October, dropping from 6.1 percent in  September.

It was the same story for Colorado County where the October rate was 4.9 percent after being 5.2 percent in  September.

Fayette County also saw a good drop in its unemployment rate.  That county recorded a 4.1 percent unemployment rate in October, down from 4.5 percent in September.

Grimes County also saw a solid drop in their unemployment rate.  That county recorded a 5.7 jobless rate in October after seeing a 6.3 percent unemployment rate in September.

Clint Kolby, the project manager of the Washington County Economic Development Foundation says unemployment usually shows a drop in the autumn months but this time, it shows signs of a good, strong economy.   He also says we have a solid base for industry and technical education training.

Ten of the state’s 254 counties had double digit unemployment.  Starr County had the highest jobless rate in the state with a 14 percent unemployment rate.

Hemphill County had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas with a 2.2 percent jobless rating.

There was not much change in the statewide unemployment rate.  The seasonally adjusted rate for October was 6.2 percent, down by one tenth of a percentage point from September.