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Unemployment rate increased in deep East Texas

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Marilyn Hartsook, TWC (Source: KTRE) Marilyn Hartsook, TWC (Source: KTRE)

The Texas Workforce Commission said the unemployment rate has increased by point five percent for areas that include Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine county and more.

This information is compared to the end of 2016 where across the 12 counties, it was at 6.3 percent.

The agency said a key reason was the continued dip in several big sectors on Monday.

"It could be from layoffs from temporary hiring in November or December or another likely culprit is the continued layoffs in oil and gas," said Marilyn Hartsook, executive director at TWC.

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Deep East Texas Workforce Development Area

Deep East Texas LAUS Data

There is hope that new businesses opening in the area will bring with it more jobs as well.

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