Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas hosts hiring event as employment rate improves

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) – Deep East Texas employment rates are following an improving trend seen across Texas.

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas has data showing the unemployment rate for each county: how many people are both employed and unemployed and how many people are employed.

Mark Durand, executive director of Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas, said the unemployment rate fell from August through September for all counties they cover.

“With the number of vacancies we see an increase in our workforce, so in September we recorded a decrease compared to the month of August. Between the months of July and August we saw a slight increase, but in September the numbers went down,” Durand said.

The table below shows the unemployment rates for several counties in Deep East Texas between 2021 and 2022.

district Sep 2021 Sep 2022
angelina 5.9% 4.5%
Nacogdoches 4.9% 4.0%
Polk 7.1% 5.7%
sabine 8.3% 6.9%
trinity 6.7% 5.3%

“In September 2021, the unemployment rate for Deep East Texas was 6.3%, so that’s down from 1.4% to 4.9%. It shows that our employers are continuing to hire people,” Durand said.

The state of Texas as a whole had an unemployment rate of 5.1% last September and this year it’s at 3.8%.

“We know Texas jobs continue to grow. Our economic developers in Nacogdoches and Lufkin continue to recruit employers and if they continue to do so it will put people into work and impact the decline in our unemployment numbers,” Durand said.

Workforce Solutions is hosting a recruitment event next Thursday from 10am to 2pm in Nacogdoches

The first hour is dedicated only to veterans and their families, but after that the event is open to the general public.

For more information about this event, click here.

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