Wilson County's unemployment rate in November was 2.7 percent, a 0.3 percent increase from October and a 1.1 percent decrease from the same time previous year.
In November, there were 7,055 considered to be in the county's labor force, with 6,897 being employed and 158 people considered to be unemployed.
Statewide, November unemployment remained flat from the same time past year at 4.5 percent, and nationwide, the rate fell from 4.4 percent to 3.9 percent. Lee County to the south saw its unemployment figures remain stagnant during the October to November period at a rate of 3.2% for both months.
Posting 3.1 percent jobless rates in November besides Hancock County were Wyandot, Auglaize and DE counties.
The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.6 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 2.7 percent.
The county tends to have a higher rate compared to the rest of the state because "our economy is just less active", Mr. Gardner said. Only information, wholesale trade and other services showed a slight drop since November 2016.
The number of those on the job actually increased by 201 from October, but that was offset by the increase in the number unemployed, which rose from 1,223 to 1,277.
"Private-sector employers added 52,000 jobs in November and have accounted for the addition of 294,600 positions in Texas over the past year", said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs.
The estimates of job gains and losses are based on a survey of businesses.
In November there were 18,945 online job openings in Idaho compared with 22,215 in November 2016.
The two other sectors that posted job declines for the month were Government and Professional and Business Services.
The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.3 percent.
"Employment demand continues to be high in well-paying industries such as Manufacturing, Construction, and Mining and Logging", said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. The rate is down from a year ago when it was 6.1 percent, not a statistically significant decline.