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Slight Rise in S.A. Jobless Rate

By Bill O'Neil

A slight increase for the San Antonio area's jobless rate during the month of January--but the experts said the overall jobs picture remains strong.   

The area saw more than 20-thousand jobs added to the rolls over the last year--with the oil and gas industry posting a gain of some 25%. The manufacturing sector is the only major one that is measured that lost workers over that same period. 

"When we looked at where those job losses were occurring, we saw it was in non-durable goods. Non-durable goods are food and clothing" said Eva Esquivel with Workforce Solutions Alamo. On the whole, she told 550 KTSA News there is strength in the numbers--which put the local jobless rate at 5.4%.  

"The (State's) unemployment rate--which is reported as adjusted--is 5.7%, and the nation is at 6.6%.... that's a good sign" Esquivel said.  


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