Washington County jobless rate at 4.7%

It was a decline from 4.8 percent in September.  The county has a lot of ranching and some oil and gas production.  But Brenham has a surprising number of manufacturing jobs, from Blue Bell ice cream to Sealy mattresses.  It is also becoming a big box retail center.

This is an indication of the strength of the Texas economy even in smaller communities.  We are not in the area directly effected by the production in the Eagle Ford formation.  Most of that activity is south and swest of us.

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