Denton County and the city of Denton unemployment rates continued to drop in December, both falling under 5 percent, according to new data from the Texas Workforce Commission.
Last month, Denton County had a 4.8 percent unemployment rate and the city’s was 4.2 percent, both well below the state’s rate of 6 percent, and the national rate of 6.7 percent.
In December, there were 17,600 jobs added in Texas, ending the year with 252,400 new jobs in the state.
“Our year certainly ended on a positive note. ... It is another positive sign that Texas is a top choice for business,” said Hope Andrade, TWC commissioner representing employees, in a press release.
Trade, transportation and the utilities industry saw the largest growth in December, adding 8,100 jobs.
Car sales finish strong in 2013
A total of 2,519 new cars and trucks were sold in Denton County in December 2013, bringing the final tally for the year to 28,377 new vehicles sold.
In December, 775 domestic passenger cars were sold in the county, bringing the end-of-year total to 9,155. Another 356 imported passenger cars were sold in December, bringing the 2013 total to 4,475.
Domestic truck sales were also strong in December, with 979 new sales, closing the year with 9,755 sold in the county. Another 409 imported trucks were sold last month, with the year closing at 4,992.
Texas Health Denton adds new chief medical officer
Timothy Harris, M.D., is the new chief medical officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, a promotion from his former position as chief of staff.
“I look forward to supporting Texas Health Denton as we work to provide high-quality care to those in Denton and surrounding areas,” Harris said in a press release.
He has been chief of staff at the hospital since 2012, and was vice chief of staff in 2010 and 2011.
Additionally, he is a member of the board of trustees at Texas Health Denton, and a member of the Texas Health Physician Leadership Council and the Texas Health Denton Physician Leadership Group.
“We are pleased to welcome a physician as accomplished as Dr. Harris to his new role as chief medical officer,” Stan Morton, president of Texas Health Denton, said in a press release. “He has already proven to be an influential leader in the community and his commitment to Texas Health Denton has been evident through his years of service to the hospital. We are looking forward to seeing how his vast experience will benefit our hospital and patients.”