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May 4th, 2012
Hays County gained nearly 1,000 jobs in first quarter


The Hays County economy added 970 jobs in the first quarter of the calendar year and watched its unemployment rate drop to 5.8 percent in March, the lowest since April 2009.

Unemployment as a percentage of the labor force in Hays County and its two largest cities, San Marcos and Kyle, continues to be substantially lower than the state as a whole, according to Texas Workforce Commission data. Texas’ unemployment rate stood at 7 percent in March, an improvement of nearly a percentage point over this time last year.

In March, 4,921 county residents were looking for work out of a total labor force of 85,082. The Hays County economy picked up 211 jobs and 108 workers across all sectors.

In San Marcos, the March unemployment rate held steady at 5.3 percent, the same as in February. (The workforce commission initially reported San Marcos’ unemployment rate as 5.4 percent in February but adjusted the number later).

San Marcos employers added 291 jobs in the first quarter of 2012. As of the end of March, 1,347 people in the city were looking for work out of a labor force of 25,462.

The Kyle labor market continued to outperform both San Marcos and the county as a whole. In March, unemployment fell slightly to 4.7 percent with 647 people seeking jobs out of a total labor force of 13,548.

San Marcos monthly unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted):

2011 San Marcos 2012 San Marcos
% diff from same
month last year
January 6.1 percent 5.8 percent
February 5.8 percent 5.3 percent
March 5.5 percent 5.3 percent

April 5.2 percent

May 5.2 percent

June 6.6 percent

July 6.4 percent

August 6.0 percent

September 5.9 percent

October 5.5 percent

November 5.1 percent

5 percent

SOURCE: Texas Workforce Commission

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