Unemployment below 6 percent in Hood County

Unemployment in Hood County dropped to 5.9 percent in January according to reports from the Texas Workforce Commission. That’s one point below the statewide average of 6.9 percent.

Hood County was at 6.4 percent unemployment in January 2012.

Unemployment in Johnson County was at 6.6 percent for January, compared to 7.3 percent for January 2012.

Parker County unemployment dropped from 6.6 percent in January 2012 to 6 percent for January 2013.

The unemployment rate in Somervell was 6.5 percent in January, a slight drop from 6.8 percent in January 2012.

Texas employers continued to expand their payrolls in January with the addition of 10,400 total nonfarm jobs for a total of 10,900 jobs added over the year. In January 2013, Texas reported more than 11 million total nonfarm jobs.

The unemployment rate of 6.9 percent in Texas remains well below the nation’s January unemployment rate of 7.9 percent.

“The Texas economy continues to add jobs and create opportunity, with growth in all 11 major industries over the last year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar.

“I encourage job seekers and employers to visit WorkInTexas.com, or a local Workforce Solutions office, to take advantage of the quality services available to them,” Alcantar stated.

Eight out of 11 major industries saw positive growth over the month, with Leisure and Hospitality leading the way in hiring for January with 8,900 jobs added. This industry has added 62,500 jobs over the last year for a 5.9 percent annual growth rate.