Unemployment drops in WacoUnemployment drops in Wacohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=73422013-05-22T14:59:00Z2013-05-21T00:00:00Z

WACO - About 800 more people had jobs locally in April than in March, forcing the unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reports.

Toss out jobless rates in November and December, when retailers were hiring extra help for the holidays, and that is the lowest unemployment rate for the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area since April of 2009, said Mark Lavergne, a labor analyst for the workforce commission.

The county’s labor force, which includes those with and without jobs, rose from 116,300 in March to 116,900 in April. But the number of people with jobs increased from 109,300 to 110,100, dropping the jobless rate from 6 percent to 5.8 percent, according to non-seasonally adjusted numbers released Friday.

A separate report shows that the total number of people working in McLennan County is considerably higher than a year ago. This would include people who live in other counties but work in McLennan County, according to the TWC, which works with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to arrive at estimates.

Citing that report, Collins said local employment in the leisure and hospital industry grew by 900 during the past year; business and professional services, 600; education and health services, 500; construction, 400; transportation and utilities, 300; and manufacturing, 200.

The oil-patch communities of Midland and Odessa had the lowest unemployment rates in the state in April, at 3.7 and 4.4 percent, respectively.

For all Texas areas, see the Texas Workforce Commission's monthly report.

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