February sales-tax revenue, unemployment rate remains low

Pleasanton Express Graphic

Pleasanton Express Graphic

A majority of Atascosa County cities received an increase in sales-tax revenue for February, including Pleasanton, Poteet and Lytle. Both Jourdanton and Charlotte saw slight decreases in revenue this year as compared to February 2019.

On February 12, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced he would send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $1.04 billion in local sales tax allocations for February, which was 9.4% more than the amount distributed for February 2019.

In his announcement, Hegar pointed out that Christmas shopping typically occurring in November was shifted into December due to the relatively late date of Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), helping make the February allocations substantially higher than in previous months.

Atascosa County remains down in revenue this month, however, sitting just below Karnes County.

Unemployment rate

The most recent data released by the Texas Workforce

Commission for December 2019 indicates that the Atascosa County unemployment rate is 3.4%. There are 21,870 in the Labor Force, with 21,134 employed and 736 unemployed. The unemployment rate for December 2019 is lower than the rate of 3.5% reported in November 2019. The over-the-year change from December 2018 to December 2019 indicates a decrease in the unemployment rate from 3.7% to 3.4%.

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