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Regional unemployment rate decreases to 3.5%

Waco, Texas ⎯ The Heart of Texas unadjusted unemployment rate for September 2022 was 3.5 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from August 2022. This rate is comprised of 6,057 unemployed residents in the region. Three hundred jobs were added in September for the region, and continued unemployment claims saw a decrease (605), Texas Workforce Commission’s reports.

At 3.4%, McLennan and Bosque County recorded the lowest rate, followed by Hill (3.7%), Falls (3.8%), and Limestone (4.4%).  Freestone County recorded the highest rate at 5.4%. The 3.5% unemployment rate for the region was below Texas’ (3.8%) and above the national rate (3.3%).

For more information on August 2022 Regional Labor Market data, view our Regional Labor Market Information page. For in-depth information about the Heart of Texas region’s unemployment claims, visit Want the latest local labor market information delivered to your inbox? Opt-in here.

Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas works to contribute to a declining unemployment rate by hosting multi-employer hiring fairs. The next event is our 11th annual Hiring Red, White & You! Hiring Fair on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brazos Hall in the Waco Convention Center located at 100 Washington Ave.

The Hiring, Red, White, & You! Hiring Fair connects employers to transitioning service members, military spouses, National Guard, Reserve, veterans/their family members, and general job seekers. This event is at no-cost to businesses or job seekers. Businesses can register online here to participate. This event is hosted by Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and Texas Medical Center (TMC). 

Source: Texas Workforce Commission
Note: All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted. All data reported based on latest Labor Market data release as of Oct. 21, 2022.

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