Unemployment rate drops to 3.4% in Gonzales County


By BETTY COHN, Gonzales Inquirer

Unemployment in Gonzales County rose by 3.6 percent in January 2022 to 3.4 percent in February 2022, the lowest rate of the seven counties that make up the Golden Crescent Workforce Development Area, according to state Labor Market Information (LMI) figures released by Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

For the Golden Crescent Workforce Development Zone as a whole, the unemployment rate for January 2022 was 4.8percent, or equal to the state average of 4.6 percent. This represented a total of 4,247 residents of Gonzales, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria counties seeking employment out of a total workforce of 87,469.

After Gonzales County, Dewitt County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent, followed by Jackson & Lavaca County at 4.0 percent, then Calhoun County at 4.1 percent. Victoria County had 5.4% and Goliad County connected at 5.5 percent.

For February 2022, there was 336 people in Gonzales County looking for work out of a workforce of 9,778with 9,442 declared employed. In January 2022, there were 344 people seeking employment in Gonzales County out of a labor force of 9.129 for a total unemployment rate of 3.6 percent.

In February 2021, Gonzales County had an unemployment rate of 5.2 percent like 506 people were looking for work out of an active population of 9,713.

The 3.2 unadjusted percentage unemployment rate for DecemberMarch 2021 has been the lowest seen in Gonzales County as it was just 2.8% in February 2020 – a month before the COVID-19 shutdowns began in the state of Texas.

The unemployment rates since January 2020 for Gonzales County are:
• January 2020, 3.0%.

• February 2020, 2.8%.

• March 2020, 4.0%.

• April 2020, 6.7%.

• May 2020, 7.8%.

• June 2020, 7.1%.

• July 2020, 6.8%.

• August 2020, 4.8%.

• September 2020, 5.9%.

• October 2020, 5.3%.

• November 2020, 5.7%.

• December 2020, 5.2%.

• January 2021, 5.6%.

• February 2021, 5.7%.

• March 2021, 5.4%.

• April 2021, 4.7%.

• May 2021, 4.5%.

• June 2021, 5.1%.

• July 2021, 4.3%.

• August 2021, 3.9%.

• September 2021, 3.8%.

• October 2021, 3.6%.

• November 2021, 3.5%

December 2021, 3.2%

• January 3, 2022.6 percent

The Workforce Solutions Golden Crescent Board of Directors serves as the board of directors for the Regional Workforce System, a network of service providers and contractors that brings people and jobs together in the seven county region of the Golden Crescent.

The Golden Crescent area is less than two hours from the major cities of Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi and has a population of 183,000. Among the counties, Victoria County is the largest with a population of 85,648 and is centrally located in the region. There are a total of eight One-Stop Workforce Centers in the Golden Crescent region, serving the following counties: Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, and Victoria.

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