City, county unemployment rates hold steady

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The unemployment rate didn’t change much from November to December. In fact, for the city of Denton and Denton County, it didn’t change at all. But the numbers remain below the same time last year.

The city unemployment rate remained at 4.8 percent from November to December, with 3,053 people looking for work, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. It is down seven-tenths of a percentage point over the same time last year when it was 5.5 percent.

The county unemployment rate held steady at 5.2 percent, with 19,976 people looking for work, according to the workforce commission. Denton County’s rate is down nine-tenths of a percentage point from December 2011, when it was 6.1 percent.

Natalie Moffitt, workforce development manager with Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas, said unemployment showed improvement in 2012, and she expects it to continue in 2013.

“We have a diverse economy here in the region,” Moffitt said. “That better positions us to recover better than other parts of the country.”

Health care, construction and information-technology industries continue to add jobs, she said. But there continues to be a decline in public-sector jobs, she said.

“Texas overall is still really strong,” Moffitt said.

The Texas unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point, from 5.8 percent in November to 6 percent in December.

It added 4,100 nonfarm jobs in December, totaling 260,800 jobs for the year, the commission reported. Professional and business services had the highest growth in December, adding 13,300 jobs.

The national unemployment rate also increased two-tenths of a percentage point, from 7.4 percent in November to 7.6 percent in December, according to information from the commission.

 

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is rmehlhaff@dentonrc.com.


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