City, county unemployment rates drop significantly
Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor

Aug. 19, 2004 -- The unemployment rate in Hopkins County fell significantly from June to July, according to estimates by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The jobless rate among the 15,285 member civilian labor force was also way down from one year ago, although there were also fewer people working and seeking jobs last month.

The county's unemployment rate stood at 5.1 percent in July, according the workforce commission, down from 5.6 percent in June and 5.9 percent in July of 2003.

The tally for this July shows the civilian labor force - the count of people working or actively seeking jobs - was down from 15,336 in June. The number of jobs, however, rose from 14,474 in June to 14,511 in July.

The TWC figures, however, also show fewer people in the job pool locally. In July of 2003, according to the estimates, the county's combined businesses and governmental entities employed, 14,636 people, or 125 more than were calculated last month.

For the city of Sulphur Springs, the numbers showed similar ratios, with the unemployment rate falling from 6.7 percent in June to 6.1 percent in July. In July of 2003, the jobless rate stood at 7.1 percent.

Employment inside the city limits accounted for 6,914 of the jobs in the county, down from 6,973 in July 2003.

The figures also show a drop in the CLF inside the city over the past year. According to the estimates, Sulphur Springs had a CLF of 7,505 in July of 2003 but only 7,360 this July, a decline of 145.

The jobless rate for Hopkins County in July was not the lowest in the region but significatnly better than three other nearby counties.

Hunt County had the highest unemployment in the area at 6.4 percent, followed by Lamar County's 6.1 percent and Delta County at 5.8 percent.

Hopkins County was also ahead of Rains County, where the jobless rate was at 5.4 percent.

The lowest rates in the area were recorded in Franklin County (4.4 percent), Tituse County (4.8 percent) and Wood County (5 percent).

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