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Unemployment


The rate of unemployment in Galveston County is 8.2 percent, 2.6 percentage points higher than one year ago. The unemployment rate is higher than the state’s 8.0 percent rate and the nation’s 9.7 percent rate. Total covered employment in Galveston County was down 3,782 jobs over fourth quarter 2008, down -3.9 percent. The after effects of Hurricane Ike compounded with a slow economy continue to plaque the county with Leisure & Hospitality suffering a loss of 2,549 jobs, down -16.7 percent. The fourth quarter loss in Leisure & Hospitality was more than double than that in the previous year. Adding to losses was continued declines in State Government, down 1,240 jobs or -9.3 percent, as individuals laid off from UTMB continued to drop off of payroll. Total covered employment in the county is down 5,089 jobs or -5.2 percent over the year where the losses continue to be largest in Leisure & Hospitality and State Government, down -9.9 percent and -16.4 percent respectively. The county will continue to report declines in job growth into 2009 as a result of the devastation of Hurricane Ike, a weak economy, and reductions announced by UTMB.

 
JUN 2009
MAY 2009
JUN 2008
Civilian Labor Force
144,139
142,305
142,831
Total Employed
132,257
132,075
134,827
Unemployed
11,882
10,230
8,004
Unemployment Rate
8.2%
7.2%
5.6%
 
 
 
 
Comparative Actual Rates
 
 
 
Texas
8.0%
6.9%
5.1%
U.S.
9.7%
9.1%
5.7%
 
 
 
 

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Covered Employment


 
 employment
*Wages compiled from 1st quarter 2008 contribution and wage reports submitted to the Texas Workforce Commission by employers subject to the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act. Date source: the Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Market and Career Information Department in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

 
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