Rosenberg Economic Development Director Jeremy Heath said unemployment is up in Rosenberg. But so are sales.

At the RDC meeting Wednesday, Heath presented an update regarding March’s economic development activities and contacts.

“March sales are up from last year,” he revealed to the board. “It may be an anomaly.

“Out local unemployment rate jumped up to 4.9%, which is a little bit higher than the county.

“On the positive side, we’re still working with people looking to invest. Our staff is working diligently to make sure they do everything they can to (bring businesses) to Rosenberg.

“It looks like we’re going to have some growth if we handle our business and do our jobs right.”

Board member and Rosenberg councilman Richard Olson asked to what Heath attributes the uptick in sales revenue.

“There were some businesses that helped us overcome those that by mid-month were forced to limit operations,” Heath replied.

“Looking at January and February, we were on pace to have another record year. There could be a lag in reporting. If there is a negative impact, we’ll see it in April’s (numbers).”

Board member Herb Phelan told Heath to keep up the good work.

“I’m a business man by trade,” Phelan told the board. “Expect good stuff, but plan for the bad stuff.

“I see a hit coming. I totally hope I’m wrong. In any case, we need o get in front of a hit instead of hoping for record things to happen.

“We have to be planning for the reverse.”

The RDC is funded by a one-half cent sales tax.

The board engages in projects related to primary job creation in the city.

The next RDC meeting will be held June 3 at 5:30 p.m. The public toll-free dial-in numbers to participate in the telephonic meeting are 877-853-5247 and 888-788-0099.

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