Hale County's economic woes continue with an unemployment rate of 12.3 percent, signaling major problems following the closing of the Cargill Meat Processing Plant in Plainview.
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The Texas Workforce Commission and local partners are responding to the April 17th disaster in West by helping affected workers apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits.
Locally, the unemployment rate for Lubbock was up slightly for March 2013 at 5.3 percent, up from February’s 5.1 percent, but still down from March 2012’s 5.8 percent.
Texas’ Goods Producing sector, comprised of Construction, Mining and Logging, and Manufacturing, has seen positive growth with 21,200 jobs added over the month.
Lubbock County’s unemployment rate for January 2013 was at 5.4 percent for January 2013, up from December’s 4.7 percent, but still down from the 5.9 percent rate posted in January 2012.
Alcantar currently serves as chair of the Texas Workforce Commission, which oversees and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers throughout the state.
Emergency unemployment benefits provide temporary income for those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Major job gains in Lubbock were in retail trade and government.
The unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in Lubbock, down from last month’s 5 percent.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state dipped to 6.8 percent for September 2012, down from August’s 7.1 percent, and down from September 2011’s 7.9 percent.