In figures released today(Friday), from the Texas Workforce Commission, the county’s jobless rate continued its decline with 4.5 percent of the workforce out of work. Washington County’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent in October.
The statewide seasonally adjusted rate also dropped to 6.1from the 6.2 unemployment rate recorded in October.
There were slight drops in the unemployment rate in several of the area counties for November.
Austin County dropped one tenth of a percent in its jobless rate for November. That county had a 5.2 percent jobless rate last month.
Burleson County had a more significant drop, to 5.3 percent, down from 5.8 percent in October.
Colorado County had a 4.7 percent jobless rate in November, down from 4.9 percent in October.
Fayette County also had a drop in its jobless rate to an even 4 percent, down from 4.1 the previous month.
Grimes County’s jobless rate for November was 5.5 percent, down from 5.7 percent.
Waller County saw another decline in its unemployment rate for November,, with 5.3 unemployment rate. That county had a 5.5 percent rate in October.
Oil and gas rich Hemphill County in north Texas had the lowest jobless rate in the state with a 2.3 percent. That was actually a slight rise from October when the rate was 2.2 percent. Reagan County had the second lowest unemployment rate with a 2.6 percent rate.
Only nine of the state’s 254 counties had unemployment rates in the double digits. Most of them were along with Texas/Mexican border. Starr County had the highest unemployment rate in the state with a 14.9 percent jobless rate.