By Alicia Lacy

Killeen Daily Herald

GATESVILLE – Coryell County's unemployment rate has caught the attention of the commissioners court.

During Tuesday's court meeting, members discussed requesting an assessment from the Texas Workforce Commission regarding the rising unemployment rate in the county.

"If you factor out Copperas Cove, the rest of the county has a significantly higher unemployment average than the nation," County Judge John Firth told the court.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor statistics, the county's unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in August. The national rate was at 9.8 percent.

"We do need their cooperation here," Commissioner Jack Wall said about requesting help from

the Texas Workforce Commission. "I've noticed they were talking about retired citizens having to go back to work."

Janice Gray, 52nd Judicial District clerk said, representatives from the Texas Workforce Commission used to come and meet with residents in the county.

With the nearest work force center in Killeen, "the trip can be difficult to unemployed residents of the county," she said.

Following the discussion, the court passed a resolution that calls for assessing the county's unemployment challenges and developing ways to address them.

In other news, Firth discussed vaccinations for the H1N1 flu.

Firth said some state agencies have yet to receive the vaccination and other agencies received less than what was expected.

"The vaccines are coming in slower," Firth said.

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