Paris’ unemployment rate drops from 10.0% to 7.6% over past year

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The unemployment rate has dropped from 10.0 percent to 7.6 percent in Paris and from 8.5 percent to 7.0 percent in Lamar County over the past 12 months, according to the Texas Workforce Commission’s Workforce Solutions of Northeast Texas.

“It appears people are getting jobs,” said Steve Gilbert, former executive director of the Paris Economic Development Corporation.

“The city unemployment rate comparison is compelling. I’d like to think I had a small part in helping folks have access to job opportunities,” added Gilbert, who stepped down in January to become vice president of business development for the HWH Group in Paris.

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.