PERC Staff Speak on Local Unemployment Rate, Employment in The Eagle Article

Jul 06, 2020
Summary: On Thursday, June 2, 2020, PERC’s Director Dennis Jansen and Andrew Rettenmaier, executive associate director, were interviewed by The Eagle reporter Kenny Wiley on employment, local travel, and the unemployment rate across Texas metro areas.
In May, the local area’s unemployment rate declined to 8.9% - which is tied with Amarillo for the lowest rate among all of the Texas metro areas. “The unemployment rate, although falling, remains sky-high by historical standards for our area,” said Jansen.
The College Station-Bryan MSA added 3,513 jobs, a healthy 3.3% increase from April. From the article, “Andy Rettenmaier said that since January, employment in the Bryan-College Station area has declined by 11.7%. Rettenmaier added that the three metro areas with the highest unemployment rates in the state, as of the end of May, were McAllen-Edinburg-Mission at 18.3%, Beaumont-Port Arthur at 18.2% and Brownsville-Harlingen at 16.9%.”
The information for the article was sourced from Economic Indicators, a monthly publication created by the Private Enterprise Research Center.
To read the article in The Eagle, click here.
To read the June edition of Economic Indicators, click here.