Karnes County’s unemployment rate dropped from 5.2 percent in November to 4.9 percent in October, according to information from the agency.
The unemployment rate for Karnes County reached a recent highpoint of 7.3 percent in June, 2013 and has been steadily declining each month since then.
The San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area (SAMSA) job market experienced job gains from November to December as Total Non-Agricultural Wage and Salary Employment increased by 3,000 jobs (0.3%) to 898,800. Since December 2012, an increase of 6,200 jobs was added to the MSA for an annual growth rate of 0.7%. Jobless rates for the region decreased to 5.3% in December, down from 5.6% reported in November.
“Should these preliminary estimates hold, our unemployment rate will have averaged to 6.1 percent for 2013,” said Patrick W. Newman, executive director for Workforce Solutions Alamo, “much better than it has been the last five years. We continue to sit strong with job opportunities available in our region.”
Almost all industries reported job gains in December. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities reported an additional 1,900 jobs (1.2%) since November and an annual change of an additional 1,800 jobs (1.2%). Leisure and Hospitality gained 700 jobs (0.6%) and reports 3,100 jobs (2.9%) over-the-year. Other industries reporting job gains in December included Education and Health Services with 500 additional jobs (0.4%); Financial Activities with 500 jobs (0.7%): Construction with 400 jobs (1.0%); and, Government with 200 jobs (0.1%).
There were few job losses by industry over the month. Professional and Businesses Services lost -1,100 jobs (-1.0%) and reports the same number of annual job losses (-1.0%). Meanwhile, Other Services reports -200 jobs (-0.6%) over-the-month, but sits at a positive job gain of 600 jobs (1.8%) since the same time last year.