Unemployment in Washington County rose slightly during the month of May.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the county’s unemployment rate grew from 3.5 percent in April to 3.7 percent last month.

Countywide unemployment numbers increased from 525 in April to 552 in May.

Meanwhile, the county’s number of employed residents and its civilian labor force both dropped in May.  Employment declined to 14,300 from 14,410 in April, while the civilian labor force fell to 14,852 from April’s total of 14,935.

In May 2021, the county’s jobless rate was 5.0 percent, with 759 people out of work.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased from 4.3 percent in April to 4.2 percent last month.

Area counties’ unemployment rates include:

  • Austin County – 3.8 percent, up from 3.5 percent in April.
  • Brazos County – 2.9 percent, up from 2.7 percent.
  • Burleson County – 3.4 percent, up from 3.2 percent.
  • Fayette County – 3.2 percent, up from 3 percent in April.
  • Grimes County – 4.7 percent, up from 4.4 percent.
  • Lee County – 3.1 percent, up from 3 percent.
  • Waller County – 4.2 percent, up from 4.1 percent.
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  1. Every single business needs employees…those who are unemployed have chosen that…most likely getting free stuff. Until people go back to having pride and doing whatever it takes to put food on the tablet instead of depending on the government or other free handouts things won’t change.

    1. A 3.7% unemployment rate is very low by historical standards. You have to go back to the fifties and sixties to see unemployment levels this low. I don’t think it’s going to get better. Not having enough affordable places for younger or less skilled workers to live means that they’ll keep moving away and putting down roots elsewhere. City council really shouldn’t have voted down those apartments off Prairie Lea or the community on Pecan Street.

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