LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When the unemployment numbers for April were released, Angelina and Nacogdoches counties both saw improvements in their jobless numbers.
The unemployment numbers for the two counties were a bit higher than the statewide figure, which was at 4.2 percent for the month of April.
Angelina County's jobless rate for the month of April was 5.3 percent, which was down from the 5.7 percent reported in March. It was also down a tenth of a percentage point from the unemployment rate reported in April 2015.
In Angelina County, 35,281 people of an available workforce of 37,272 were in employed in April. Back in March, 35,140 people from an available workforce were employed.
Nacogdoches County's jobless rate dropped from 4.5 percent in March to 4.3 percent in April. The April rate was a tenth of a percentage point higher than the number reported in April 2015.
Nacogdoches County had an available workforce of 28,329 in April, and 27,106 were employed that month. For a little comparison the county had a workforce of 28,494 in March, and of that number, 27,198 had jobs.
In Lufkin, the unemployment rate improved from 5.4 percent in March to 5.0 percent in April. Nacogdoches, the Oldest Town in Texas, received similar good news. Nacogdoches' jobless rate went from 4.3 percent in March to 4.1 percent in April. Both towns' unemployment numbers were also an improvement over the numbers reported in April 2015.
Here are the jobless rates for the other counties in the Deep East Texas Workforce Development Area. The March figures are listed in parenthesis.
Houston County: 4.3 percent (5.0 percent)
Jasper County: 7.2 percent (7.5 percent)
Newton County: 6.5 percent (6.9 percent)
Polk County: 6.0 percent (6.3 percent)
Sabine County: 8.3 percent (9.1 percent)
San Augustine County: 8.9 percent (9.3 percent)
San Jacinto County: 5.8 percent (6.0 percent)
Shelby County: 5.5 percent (5.7 percent)
Trinity County: 6.2 percent (6.3 percent)
Tyler County: 6.7 percent (7.2 percent)