Abilene employment on the riseAbilene employment on the risehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=51642014-01-27T09:17:00Z2014-01-27T00:00:00Z

ABILENE - The Abilene jobless rate decreased to 4.4 percent in December 2013, down from 4.6 percent in November 2013, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Taylor County’s jobless rate dropped to 4.3 percent in December 2013 from 4.4 in November 2013.

Nearly 82,000 people in the Abilene MSA — made up of Taylor, Jones and Callahan counties — had jobs in December 2013 out of a labor force of 85,707. The Abilene MSA unemployment rate was 4.4 percent, down slightly from 4.5 percent in November 2013.

Abilene has been experiencing increased activity from manufacturing to oil and gas, driving unemployment rates down slightly, according to Steve Collins, Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas business resource consultant.

“You’re seeing a lot of hotels full, retail and food service are busy and when it gets that way, what you’re going to see is that those businesses are going to need more staff,” said Collins.

“In Abilene alone, we have 175 open job orders, and Sweetwater, which averages about 50 job openings, now has 100,” said Collins.

The Midland MSA had the lowest jobless rate in the state at 2.8 percent, followed by the Odessa MSA at 3.4 percent.

The state unemployment rate was recorded at 6.0 percent and the national average was 6.7 percent.

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