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Hockley County’s unemployment rate was 5.4 percent in September, better than the state’s unemployment rate of 5.6 percent.
The monthly unemployment rate was released by the Texas Workforce Commission last week.
In September, Hockley County’s unemployment report was the best for 2021 at 5.4 percent and an improvement from the 6.0 percent reported for August.
The TWC report showed 10,068 people in the county’s labor force, 9,523 working and 545 unemployed.
The number of people working increased by 58 from the month before and the number unemployed declined by 61.
In September, 2020, the county’s unemployment rate was 8.8 percent with 9,555 people working and 917 unemployed. In September, 2019, the unemployment rate was 2.8 percent with 10,874 people working and 313 unemployed. In September, 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.0 percent with 11,098 people working and 340 unemployed.
Cochran County’s unemployment rate also improved from 6.6 percent in August to 6.5 percent in September. TWC reported 1,056 people in the labor force, 987 working and 69 unemployed last month.
In September, 2020, Cochran County’s unemployment rate was 8.0 percent with 1,021 people working and 89 unemployed. In September, 2019, the county’s unemployment rate was 3.0 percent with 1,098 people working and 34 unemployed. In September, 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent with 1,074 people working and 44 unemployed.
TWC reported Lamb County’s unemployment rate was improved from 4.9 percent in August to 4.7 percent in September with 5,093 people in the county’s labor force, 4,854 working and 239 unemployed.
In September, 2020, the unemployment rate was 5.1; in September, 2019, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent and in September, 2018, the rate was 4.4 percent.
Terry County’s unemployment rate was 5.6 percent with 4,692 people in the labor force, 4,429 working and 263 unemployed. The unemployment rate was the same as in August.
Terry County’s unemployment rate in September, 2020 was 8.2 percent completed to 3.4 percent in September, 2019 and 3.7 percent in September, 2018.
Lubbock County’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in September, improved from 4.3 percent in August and 5.8 percent in September, 2020. That county’s unemployment rate in September, 2019 was 2.7 percent and in 2018, it was 3.0 percent
In September, the Texas unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from August 2021. Texas added 95,800 total nonagricultural jobs over the month, making gains in 16 of the last 17 months. Texas added a total of 711,500 jobs since September 2020.
“The improvement we see in the unemployment rate this month continues the trend we’ve experienced the last six months,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “Businesses in Texas continue to create jobs, which creates career opportunities for Texans.”
In September, the Leisure and Hospitality industry gained 31,900 jobs over the month. Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 16,700 positions. Also of note, Professional and Business Services added 16,400 jobs.
“From rural Texas towns to our big cities, job opportunities continue to grow for Texans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC has programs to help Texans in all areas of the state and all career levels, from scholarships for childcare to job training, with the goal of providing a path to upward mobility for all.”
The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded September’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.4 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock MSA at 3.5 percent and Abilene, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs each at 3.9 percent.
“Each month, we see more employers relocating their operations to the great state of Texas, creating new jobs, careers and opportunities for all,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “To assist these new Texas employers, TWC is committed to offering a number of programs that will help grow, thrive, and sustain their businesses here in Texas.”
Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision.