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The challenge of low unemployment in Texoma

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When most people have jobs, employers have a harder time finding workers. (KTEN) When most people have jobs, employers have a harder time finding workers. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- While unemployment rates around Texoma have hit record lows, not everybody benefits.

The jobless rate in Grayson County stands at 3.2 percent; it's 3.3 percent in Cooke County, and just 3 percent in Fannin County, according to statistics compiled by Workforce Solutions Texoma.

"If you are considering going to work, this is your time to do it, because you can find a job and start that career ladder," said WST executive director Janie Bates.

But not everyone has it easy. Bates said low unemployment is a double-edged sword.

"It's great that there are so many people employed," she said. "It's more difficult for the employers, because they don't have people to work."

Companies are now looking to train current employees to move up to higher level positions.

Denison Development Alliance president Tony Kaai said his organization is also providing a solution by introducing "pipeline" programs to steer students to companies with critical needs.

"There are two professions that are really adding a lot of jobs: Manufacturing and health care, two great professions," Kaai said. "We are working diligently with our high schools and our colleges to build a pipeline to develop those employees so they have the skill set to go work in those two professions."

With global optical communications company Finisar now moving into Grayson County and SteelFab to Durant, Texoma is in good shape to keep those jobless rates low for a while.

If you are looking for an easy way to find available jobs, Texoma Workforce Solutions is hosting a seminar at the Sherman Municipal Building on Thursday, November 9.

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