The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) released their monthly report showing Somervell County with a 4.8 percent unemployment rate in August, compared to the national rate of 6.1.

Somervell County has a reported labor force of 4,040 with 3,846 employed, meaning 194 people in the county are unemployed.

The county recorded the lowest decline in unadjusted unemployment rates at .1 percent in August.

Lynn Young, director of North Texas Work Force in Stephenville, said the center stays busy and people outside the area have started coming by to find work.

“We’re just starting to see an increase (in people),” she said. “So many people are working, they’re just looking for better jobs.”

The center offers a variety of programs to help people look and train for employment, including people who receive welfare benefits and a second-chance program for anyone with a criminal history.

Last year at this time, the county and national unemployment rates were 4.6 percent.

The August 2007 numbers showed 3,883 in the labor force with 3,707 employed.

Between August 2007 and 2008, the unadjusted unemployment rate for the 16-county NCTCOG region and the state was 4.4 percent, .7 percent less than the national rate of 5.1 percent.

Somervell unemployment rate has stayed fairly close to the state and national rate since August 2007.

In April, the county dipped to a 3.5 percent unemployment rate, the lowest it has been in two years. It then spiked in June at 5 percent, above the state average of 4.8 percent, before finally dropping to 4.8 percent in August.

Productivity nationwide was up 4.3 percent in the 2008 second quarter.

More information on regional economic indicators can be found at www.nctcog.org.

Texas Work Force has nearby offices in Stephenville, Cleburne and Granbury.

Contact numbers are: Stephenville, (254) 965-5100; Cleburne, (817) 641-6201; Granbury, (817) 573-4284.