LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - While the jobless rate at the state level held steady at 4.2 percent from April to May, it went down a tenth of a percentage point in Angelina County and went up by that same amount in Nacogdoches County.
Angelina County saw its jobless rate go from 5.4 percent in April to 5.3 percent in May. Of an available workforce of 36,892, 34,946 were employed in May. Angelina County had an unemployment rate of 5.7 percent in May of 2015.
The May jobless figures may not recent the latest round of job cuts announced by GE Oil and gas in regard to its Lufkin plants.
Nacogdoches County saw a slight spike in its jobless rate, going from 4.3 percent in April to 4.4 percent in May. That county had an available workforce of 28,113 in that month, and of that number, 26,876 were employed.
Nacogdoches County's unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in May of 2015.
Lufkin saw its unemployment rate go down two tenths of a percentage point, going from 5.0 percent in April to 4.8 percent in May. The town had a jobless rate of 5.5 percent in May of 2015.
The City of Nacogdoches saw its unemployment rate go from 4.1 percent in April to 4.3 percent in May. In May of 2015, the Oldest Town in Texas had a jobless rate of 4.7 percent.
Here are the jobless rates for the other 10 counties in the Deep East Texas Workforce Development Area. The April figures are listed in parenthesis.
Houston: 4.3 percent (4.3 percent)
Jasper: 7.0 percent (7.2 percent)
Newton: 6.6 percent (6.5 percent)
Polk: 5.8 percent (6.0 percent)
Sabine: 8.5 percent (8.1 percent)
San Augustine: 8.5 percent (8.8 percent)
San Jacinto: 5.8 percent (5.7 percent)
Shelby: 5.7 percent (5.6 percent)
Trinity: 6.0 percent (6.2 percent)
Tyler: 6.3 percent (6.7 percent)