Weslaco Unemployment Rate Highest in Valley


POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:29pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 23, 2011 - 8:29am

City Officials Say Numbers Are Deceiving

The unemployment rate in Weslaco took a slight dip last month but at 13.4 % its still the highest in the valley.

Hernan Gonzalez , Executive Director of the Weslaco Economic Development Council, says the unemployment numbers are deceiving.

"They show a picture but i don't think its indicative of the big picture of how dynamic weslaco and the region is," he said. "We have an economy that is diversifying. It's growing and expanding."

He says the economic outlook for weslaco is better than it seems. As a matter of fact, he says its pretty great.

The unemployment may be pretty high in Weslaco but city officials say those numbers will change. It's all because of several projects  that will create thousands of jobs within the next year.

A new development along Expressway 83 has created over a thousand jobs within the last year. As new stores and restaurants continue to pop up even more jobs will be available.
Gonzalez says the opportunities are endless because Weslaco is in the heart of the valley.

The unemployment rate in Weslaco may be higher than most of the state but city officials here insist things will change going into the new year.

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