LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - July jobless rates for Angelina and Nacogdoches counties spiked slightly in comparison to the June numbers.
"In the Deep East Texas development area, unemployment has gone up,' said John Riley, Lufkin's Workforce Solutions Site Manager.
However, the recently released unemployment numbers at the state and county levels are still better than they were in July 2014 for the most part.
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Lone Star State had an available workforce of 13.08 million, and of that number, 12.49 million were employed in July. The statewide unemployment rate of 4.6 percent is up slightly from the 4.4 percent reported in June.
The numbers indicate that in the 12-counties that make up the Deep East Texas Workforce Development Area, the job sector that saw growth in the first quarter of 2015 included construction, education and health services, and financial activities. However, the 12 counties lost a total of 1,005 jobs in the first quarter of this year.
"That's to be expected with the lay off we've has recently," Riley said.
During the first quarter of 2015, the average weekly wage in the 12-county area was $709.60. At the statewide level, the average weekly wage was $1,089.18.
Angelina County had an available workforce of 37,750. Of that number, 35,546 were employed last July. The county's 5.8 percent jobless rate was a .1 increase over the number reported in June. In July 2014, Angelina County had a 5.7 percent unemployment rate.
Nacogdoches County also saw a slight increase in its jobless rate. In all, 26,452 people of an available workforce of 27,950 were employed in July, resulting in a jobless rate of 5.4 percent. In June, the county's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Back in July 2014, Nacogdoches' jobless rate was 6.3 percent.
Lufkin's jobless rate was 5.6 percent in July, compared to the 5.5 percent reported in in June. Back in July 2014, the city's unemployment rate was 5.6 percent.
The jobless rate for the City of Nacogdoches held steady at 5.3 percent in July, compared to the 5.3 percent unemployment figure reported in June. The city's July 2014 jobless rate was 6.7 percent.
Riley says though jobless numbers have increased, more skilled employees will be added into the local workforce which proves as a plus.
Here are the jobless rates for the other counties in the Deep East Texas WDA. The June figures are listed in parenthesis.
Houston County: 4.8 percent (4.9 percent)
Jasper County: 7.4 percent (7.2 percent)
Newton County: 7.4 percent (7.1 percent)
Polk County: 6.3 percent (5.9 percent)
Sabine County: 9.0 percent (9.1 percent)
San Augustine County: 9.4 percent (9.3 percent)
San Jacinto County: 5.8 percent (5.6 percent)
Shelby County: 5.6 percent (5.4 percent)
Trinity County: 6.2 percent (6.0 percent)
Tyler County: 7.0 percent (6.8 percent)