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7/17/09

Lubbock's June unemployment numbers spike

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New numbers released Friday show Lubbock's unemployment rate jumped from 4.6 percent in May to 6.0 percent in June.

No increase in unemployment numbers is good so, for some perspective on the spike, NewsChannel 11 spoke with Work Force Solutions CEO Martin Aguirre. Aguirre said he actually anticipated the increase and that a lot of it has to do with the simple fact that it's summer.

Aguirre says a percentage of the increase is a direct result of school and university scheduling.  Mayor Tom Martin had similar words to say about the jump in unemployment numbers. "It's historical in Lubbock that the numbers do jump during the summer because of the way they are kept. School employees, teachers, and librarians, and people who aren't on a 12 month contract with the school during summertime are technically considered unemployed," says Mayor Martin.

It's also important to note that the numbers released by Texas Workforce Commission are not seasonally adjusted and don't take into consideration what both men site as a key factor in the spike in unemployment.

Though the number is high, Lubbock still has the second lowest unemployment rate in Texas, just behind Amarillo. The new numbers released for the month of June show Lubbock at 6.0 percent compared to the state average of 7.5 percent and both of those numbers fare better than the national average of 9.5 percent.

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