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Edinburg’s August 5.1 percent unemployment rate is city’s best showing for that month since 2007, almost 35,000 people employed, says Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Edinburg City Councilmember J.R. Betancourt and fellow Councilmember David Torrres celebrate the ongoing success

Featured, from left: Edinburg City Councilmember J.R. Betancourt and fellow Councilmember David Torres celebrate the ongoing successes of their hometown’s economy following the State of the City Address delivered by Mayor Richard García at the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium State on Wednesday, May 27.
Photograph By MARK MONTEMAYOR

In the most recent showing of jobs in the city, Edinburg’s unemployment rate for August 2015 was 5.1 percent, the best performance for that month for the city since August 2007 (five percent), the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced, noting that almost 35,000 people were employed in the city. The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council. The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Ruppert as Members. The unemployment rate is a key indicator of the strength of the local economy. Edinburg was edged out by McAllen, which posted a five percent unemployment rate, for the top spot in August among the Valley’s major economies. The city’s latest unemployment rate was the same as than the U.S. unemployment rate for August 2015, which also came in at 5.1 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000). Edinburg’s August 2015 figure of 5.1 percent continues a year-long pattern of positive reports: July (5.4 percent); June (5.1 percent); May 2015 (4.8 percent); April 2015 (4.6 percent); March 2015 (4.8 percent); February 2015 (4.8 percent); and January 2015 (5.1 percent). Edinburg’s August 2015 unemployment rate of 5.1 percent remained close to the Texas statewide average, which was 4.4 percent in August, 4.6 percent in July, 4.4 percent in June, 4.1 percent for May 2015, four percent for April 2015, 4.2 percent for March 2015, 4.3 percent for February 2015, and 4.6 percent for January 2015, according to Texas Workforce Commission figures. The data represents an increase of 217 jobs in Edinburg when comparing the employment figures for August 2015 and August 2014. In August 2015, there were 34,908 persons employed in Edinburg, compared with 34,691 in August 2014. The August 2015 unemployment rate of 5.1 percent for Edinburg is also better than the annual unemployment rate in Edinburg for 2014, which was 5.8 percent – and that yearly rate was the best 12-month average from January through December since 2008. The Texas Workforce Commission data on all entities in the state, including cities and counties, is available online at: http://www.tracer2.com/cgi/dataanalysis/AreaSelection.asp?tableName=Labforce. In a related development, individuals interested in a job with the City of Edinburg have several options available in order to submit an electronic job application beginning on Monday, October 5. Effective as of that date, The City of Edinburg Human Resources Department will no longer accept paper job applications. Applicants will now have the convenience of online access and will no longer need to stop by City Hall for an application. This new policy will also minimize paper waste and streamline service for more expedited processing. Find the online link to apply on the City of Edinburg homepage at http://www.cityofedinburg.com. Applicants are also able to use mobile devices to access the online job form. Spanish speakers may select the option to utilize the Google translate function. Applicants without Internet access are advised to use computers available at the Dustin Sekula Memorial Library, 1906 S. Closner, or the Human Resources Department in City Hall at 415 W. University Drive. City Hall is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Edinburg city government is a significant economic force in the community, with a 700-member staff and a $100 million operational budget. Potential applicants may call the City of Edinburg Human Resources Department at 956/388-1873 with questions or for more information.

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As new EEDC board members – Rolando “Ronnie” Guerra, Sr., Mark Iglesias, Harvey Rodríguez, and Richard W. Ruppert– begin their latest public service, Edinburg is primed for more successes, says Mayor Richard García

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Four new members of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation are now bringing their vision and considerable skills to one of the most influential public bodies in deep South Texas, Mayor Richard H. García has announced. García also serves as President of the five-member governing board for the EEDC, which is the jobs-creation arm for the Mayor and Edinburg City Council. Under the bylaws of the EEDC, the Mayor is always President of the EEDC Board of Directors, while the four other members of that leadership group are appointed by the mayor and city council. Rolando “Ronnie” Guerra, Sr., Broker/Dealer with Voya Financial Advisors, Mark Iglesias, Environmental Manager at S&B Infrastructure, Ltd., and Harvey Rodríguez, South Texas Operations Manager with CAS Companies, LP, were selected by the mayor and city council on Thursday, May 21. On Tuesday, June 2, Richard W. Ruppert, owner of Santa Cruz Land Sales, became the fourth new appointee to the EEDC Board of Directors, following the required approval of the mayor and city council, and setting into motion the most recent team of EEDC board members to their respective two-year terms. “I congratulate these outstanding community leaders who have agreed to serve our city as Edinburg continues this incredible journey of landmark advances and proven progress,” said García. “But I also want to thank our immediate past board members, whose legacies will feature helping make Edinburg one of the best cities in Texas in which to live, work, and play.” Business leader Fred Palacios, Dr. Havidan Rodríguez, the President Ad Interim for The University of Texas-Pan American, prominent attorney Felipe García, and Steven Cruz, II, Director of Operations for Precinct 4 County Commissioner Joseph Palacios, are coming off very successful terms on the EEDC Board of Directors, the mayor noted. “From our legislative efforts that have helped result in the completed and ongoing construction of the $42.7 million Performing Arts Complex, the $54 million Medical Education Building, and the $70 million Science Building at the University of Texas-Pan American to the upcoming construction of the $68 million Bert Ogden Arena – and many other very important achievements – Fred Palacios, Havidán Rodríguez, Felipe García, and Steven Cruz, II, under the leadership of the Edinburg City Council, have made a tremendous positive impact on our hometown,” the mayor said. “Now come Rolando “Ronnie” Guerra, Sr., Mark Iglesias, Harvey Rodríguez, and Richard Richard W. Ruppert, who surely will add their distinguished names as the latest architects of Edinburg’s great and immediate future,” García predicted with pride and confidence. “They will bring honor to themselves and their families through this public service, and that is why they were chosen to serve our community.”

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