December 2016 Labor Market Data

Texas Ends 2016 with 210,200 Jobs Added Over the Year
State unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in December

Date - January 20, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas has added an estimated 210,200 seasonally adjusted jobs since December 2015 with the addition of 800 nonfarm jobs this December. The state has added jobs in 20 of the past 21 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate maintained a 4.6 percent rate in December.

“Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 210,200 over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Thanks to the innovation and efforts of employers in a range of industries, Texas workers continue to have more opportunities to demonstrate their world-class work ethic and skills.”

The Education and Health Services industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 7,300 jobs added. Leisure and Hospitality employment grew by 3,900 jobs in December, and Manufacturing employment expanded by 1,400 jobs.

“Private-sector employment has been strong over the year with overall job growth of 172,600 jobs added,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “These numbers are a testament to the perseverance and resilience of our Texas employers and the diversity of our Texas economy.”

The Amarillo, Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.2 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan MSA with a rate of 3.4 for December.

“The Texas labor force has continued to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC and the 28 local workforce boards are committed to connecting Texas workers with available jobs.”

An audio download with comments from Chairman Alcantar on the latest labor market data is available on the TWC website press release page. Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit tracer2.com.

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
 

 

December 2016

November 2016

December 2015

 

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

 United States

158,968.0

151,798.0

7,170.0

4.5

159,451.0

152,385.0

7,066.0

4.4

157,245.0

149,703.0

7,542.0

4.8

 Texas

13,398.8

12,788.9

609.9

4.6

13,390.5

12,823.8

566.7

4.2

13,136.9

12,580.2

556.7

4.2

 Abilene

76.0

73.1

2.9

3.8

76.1

73.4

2.7

3.6

74.7

72.1

2.6

3.5

 Amarillo

131.8

127.7

4.2

3.2

132.0

128.1

4.0

3.0

130.2

126.5

3.7

2.8

Austin-Round Rock

1,108.3

1,072.8

35.5

3.2

1,110.5

1,076.8

33.7

3.0

1,083.6

1,050.9

32.7

3.0

Beaumont-Port Arthur

178.1

165.0

13.1

7.4

177.1

165.7

11.4

6.4

177.2

165.5

11.7

6.6

Brownsville-Harlingen

168.8

156.4

12.4

7.3

167.5

156.4

11.1

6.6

164.0

152.8

11.2

6.8

College Station-Bryan

126.6

122.3

4.3

3.4

127.9

123.8

4.1

3.2

123.2

119.3

3.9

3.2

Corpus Christi

213.2

200.3

12.9

6.1

212.3

200.5

11.8

5.6

208.9

197.8

11.0

5.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,749.2

3,610.6

138.7

3.7

3,752.3

3,621.9

130.4

3.5

3,625.1

3,493.3

131.8

3.6

Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,531.3

2,439.4

92.0

3.6

2,532.4

2,446.0

86.4

3.4

2,434.9

2,348.4

86.5

3.6

Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,217.9

1,171.2

46.7

3.8

1,219.9

1,175.9

44.0

3.6

1,190.1

1,144.8

45.3

3.8

El Paso

355.5

338.2

17.3

4.9

355.4

339.1

16.2

4.6

347.3

330.9

16.4

4.7

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,310.3

3,135.0

175.3

5.3

3,305.4

3,143.3

162.1

4.9

3,261.3

3,110.9

150.3

4.6

Killeen-Temple

174.9

167.3

7.6

4.3

175.0

167.8

7.2

4.1

171.3

164.1

7.2

4.2

Laredo

116.4

111.1

5.3

4.5

116.3

111.5

4.8

4.1

113.8

108.7

5.1

4.5

Longview

101.8

95.9

5.9

5.8

101.8

96.2

5.6

5.5

100.2

95.2

5.0

5.0

Lubbock

156.2

151.2

5.0

3.2

156.8

152.0

4.8

3.0

154.4

149.6

4.7

3.1

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

344.7

316.5

28.2

8.2

338.7

314.7

24.0

7.1

333.6

307.3

26.4

7.9

Midland

89.9

86.5

3.4

3.8

90.0

86.7

3.3

3.6

89.6

86.3

3.2

3.6

Odessa

78.5

74.2

4.2

5.4

78.3

74.2

4.1

5.3

78.3

74.3

4.0

5.1

San Angelo

56.2

53.9

2.3

4.1

56.4

54.2

2.2

3.9

55.3

53.1

2.2

4.0

San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,129.7

1,087.9

41.8

3.7

1,128.6

1,089.2

39.4

3.5

1,102.6

1,063.9

38.7

3.5

Sherman-Denison

61.7

59.5

2.2

3.6

62.0

59.9

2.1

3.4

60.8

58.6

2.2

3.7

Texarkana

64.7

61.7

3.0

4.6

65.0

62.2

2.8

4.3

64.9

62.0

2.9

4.5

Tyler

105.3

100.7

4.7

4.4

105.0

100.6

4.4

4.2

103.7

99.2

4.5

4.4

Victoria

50.7

48.2

2.5

4.9

50.8

48.4

2.4

4.7

49.6

47.5

2.1

4.1

Waco

121.8

117.0

4.7

3.9

121.9

117.4

4.5

3.7

118.8

114.5

4.3

3.7

Wichita Falls

64.3

61.6

2.7

4.2

64.3

61.8

2.5

3.9

64.6

61.9

2.7

4.2

 

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
 

INDUSTRY TITLE

Dec 2016*

Nov 2016

Dec 2015

Nov '16 to Dec '16

Dec '15 to Dec '16

        Absolute
Change
Percent
Change
Absolute
Change
Percent
Change

Total Nonagricultural

12,141,300

12,140,500 

11,931,100

800

0.0

210,200

1.8 

Total Private

10,236,700

10,238,600 

10,064,100

-1,900

0.0

172,600

1.7 

Goods Producing

1,766,500

1,768,500 

1,812,200

-2,000

-0.1

-45,700

-2.5 

Mining and Logging

228,800

228,100 

255,300

700

0.3

-26,500

-10.4 

Construction

693,700

697,800 

698,200

-4,100

-0.6

-4,500

-0.6 

Manufacturing

844,000

842,600 

858,700

1,400

0.2

-14,700

-1.7 

Service Providing

10,374,800

10,372,000 

10,118,900

2,800

0.0

255,900

2.5 

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,455,200

2,463,400 

2,413,600

-8,200

-0.3

41,600

1.7 

Information

201,500

201,700 

199,700

-200

-0.1

1,800

0.9 

Financial Activities

746,700

747,600 

728,400

-900

-0.1

18,300

2.5 

Professional and Business Services

1,634,800

1,636,800 

1,607,100

-2,000

-0.1

27,700

1.7 

Education and Health Services

1,679,700

1,672,400 

1,604,400

7,300

0.4

75,300

4.7 

Leisure and Hospitality

1,320,500

1,316,600 

1,276,100

3,900

0.3

44,400

3.5 

Other Services

431,800

431,600 

422,600

200

0.0

9,200

2.2 

Government

1,904,600

1,901,900 

1,867,000

2,700

0.1

37,600

2.0 

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