Friday PM June 19th, 2009

The jobless rate in Houston is rising. Rod Rice reports that May unemployment rose to 6.9 percent, up from 6.3 percent in April.


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Statewide the number of people out of work has also increased, in April it was 6.6 percent, last month it rose to 7.1 percent.

“Now, that is an increase, but we’re still definitely doing better than the national average.  The national average for May is 9.4%”

That’s Cheryl Abbott with the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas.

“As a matter of fact if you look at all 50 states Texas had the 14th best unemployment situation.”

Abbott says Texas has lost jobs over the year.  We’ve lost 2.1 percent of all of our non-farm production jobs.

“That’s still better than the national average where they’ve lost almost 4 percent over the year.  And Houston is right about at the statewide average for the same time period. Houston lost 2.2% of all jobs.  That’s a little over 56-thousand.”

The two areas hit the hardest by job losses in Houston according to Abbott were construction and manufacturing.

“With 8.6% of construction jobs disappearing over the year and about 5% in the manufacturing sector.”



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