Falling unemployment, gas prices good for pocketbooks

SA jobless rate drops to 6%; Gas dips to $3.09

SAN ANTONIO - Fall was in the air Friday as the local unemployment rate dropped to its lowest number in more than three years and gas prices dipped to numbers that had people smiling at the pump.

The jobless rate for the San Antonio multi-county region was 6 percent for September, a significant drop from August's 6.7 percent and September 2011's 7.7 percent. 

Bexar County alone was 6.1 percent, according to numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Those numbers are the lowest since April 2009.

A rebound in government jobs boosted the September numbers.

Over the past year, the region added 23,700 jobs with nearly half of those in the leisure and hospitality industry. Construction added 1,800 jobs in the past 12 months, and business and professional jobs added 4300 jobs.

Jason Castillo knows what it's like to collect unemployment and hunt for a job. He moved to San Antonio and landed a position and a paycheck.

"Five years ago, I could find a job fairly easily," he said. "Now people are telling me jobs are not there. I guess now it's starting to pick up," he said of the newly released numbers.

Other numbers getting a positive reception were at the gas pump.

At the Sam's Club at Interstate 35 and Judson Road, people were lining up to fill up for $3.09 a gallon. Costco in Selma and a handful of stations in New Braunfels were also selling gas at similar prices.

"I'm glad it's dropped finally," said Jesse Richter."Gas prices have been skyrocketing so long. This definitely doesn't hurt my pocket now."

Gas prices have dropped 7 cents in the past seven days, averaging $3.44 a gallon.

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