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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