Texas Economy Adds 14,800 Jobs in May

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Date: June 16, 2017

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

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy expanded in May with the addition of 14,800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, down from 5.0 percent in April.

“Texas employers created 266,600 jobs over the past year and the Texas economy continues to provide competitive advantages to large and small business owners across the state,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC remains committed to fostering innovative partnerships that equip Texas students and workers with in-demand skills.”

Mining and Logging recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 6,600 jobs added. Construction employment grew by 3,400 jobs in May and Financial Activities employment expanded by 3,200 jobs.

“Employers in Texas have created more than 233,200 private-sector jobs over the year, including 11,100 jobs in May,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth Hughs. “We want to ensure all Texas employers have the resources they need to continue to grow their businesses, and I encourage employers to take advantage of the TWC programs we offer to help them create jobs and train workers with the skills needed for today’s job market.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.1 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 3.2 percent. The Midland MSA registered a rate of 3.4 percent for May.

“All Goods Producing industries showed positive employment growth in Texas, including Manufacturing, which expanded by 1,800 jobs in May,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I encourage our labor force to tap into TWC’s training resources like our apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a well-paying career.”

An audio download with comments from Commissioner Alvarez on the latest labor market data is available on the TWC 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.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for June is scheduled to be released on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  May 2017 April 2017 May 2016
  C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 159,979.0 153,407.0 6,572.0 4.1 159,817.0 153,262.0 6,555.0 4.1 158,800.0 151,594.0 7,207.0 4.5
Texas 13,449.2 12,857.2 592.0 4.4 13,506.9 12,895.1 611.7 4.5 13,245.5 12,679.1 566.4 4.3
Abilene 74.4 71.4 3.0 4.0 75.0 72.2 2.9 3.8 74.0 71.2 2.8 3.7
Amarillo 133.4 129.2 4.1 3.1 133.6 129.5 4.1 3.0 132.1 128.3 3.7 2.8
Austin-Round Rock 1,131.6 1,095.5 36.0 3.2 1,138.1 1,101.9 36.2 3.2 1,104.6 1,072.2 32.4 2.9
Beaumont-Port Arthur 172.9 160.9 12.1 7.0 174.8 161.8 12.9 7.4 173.0 162.2 10.8 6.2
Brownsville-Harlingen 168.0 156.2 11.7 7.0 169.0 156.3 12.6 7.5 165.6 154.5 11.1 6.7
College Station-Bryan 129.4 125.2 4.2 3.2 128.6 124.5 4.1 3.2 127.1 122.9 4.2 3.3
Corpus Christi 208.8 196.8 12.0 5.7 209.8 196.9 12.9 6.1 205.5 194.2 11.3 5.5
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,767.3 3,624.9 142.4 3.8 3,771.3 3,626.6 144.7 3.8 3,658.9 3,528.8 130.0 3.6
   Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,542.8 2,447.0 95.8 3.8 2,544.2 2,446.8 97.4 3.8 2,461.5 2,376.1 85.5 3.5
   Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,224.5 1,177.9 46.6 3.8 1,227.1 1,179.8 47.3 3.9 1,197.3 1,152.7 44.6 3.7
El Paso 357.5 340.6 17.0 4.8 359.4 342.1 17.3 4.8 349.4 333.5 15.9 4.6
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,312.2 3,144.6 167.6 5.1 3,335.8 3,160.1 175.7 5.3 3,273.8 3,114.0 159.9 4.9
Killeen-Temple 178.5 171.0 7.5 4.2 179.1 171.4 7.7 4.3 174.6 167.4 7.2 4.1
Laredo 113.9 108.9 5.0 4.4 114.9 109.7 5.2 4.6 112.8 107.6 5.3 4.7
Longview 96.8 91.6 5.2 5.4 98.2 92.6 5.6 5.7 98.2 92.6 5.6 5.7
Lubbock 159.9 154.7 5.2 3.2 159.6 154.4 5.1 3.2 159.0 154.1 4.9 3.1
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 340.6 315.1 25.5 7.5 343.1 315.6 27.5 8.0 336.4 312.4 24.0 7.1
Midland 86.4 83.5 2.9 3.4 86.8 83.8 3.0 3.5 86.5 82.6 3.9 4.5
Odessa 74.0 70.5 3.4 4.7 74.8 71.1 3.7 4.9 75.2 70.3 4.9 6.5
San Angelo 54.6 52.5 2.2 4.0 54.7 52.5 2.2 3.9 55.4 53.1 2.4 4.3
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,154.0 1,112.3 41.7 3.6 1,156.8 1,115.2 41.6 3.6 1,130.4 1,091.5 38.9 3.4
Sherman-Denison 61.7 59.4 2.3 3.7 61.8 59.5 2.3 3.7 60.9 58.7 2.2 3.6
Texarkana 65.1 62.2 2.9 4.5 65.0 62.1 2.9 4.4 65.4 62.8 2.6 4.0
Tyler 107.0 102.7 4.3 4.1 107.4 102.9 4.4 4.1 105.3 101.0 4.3 4.1
Victoria 46.8 44.6 2.3 4.8 47.2 44.7 2.4 5.1 47.1 44.6 2.5 5.2
Waco 122.3 117.4 4.9 4.0 123.3 118.5 4.8 3.9 121.3 116.8 4.5 3.7
Wichita Falls 63.2 60.7 2.5 3.9 63.6 61.1 2.5 3.9 64.0 61.4 2.6 4.1
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE May 2017* Apr 2017 May 2016 Apr '17 to May '17 May '16 to May '17
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,261,500 12,246,700 11,994,900 14,800 0.1 266,600 2.2
Total Private 10,308,300 10,297,200 10,075,100 11,100 0.1 233,200 2.3
Goods Producing 1,813,700 1,801,900 1,769,900 11,800 0.7 43,800 2.5
   Mining and Logging 235,900 229,300 221,800 6,600 2.9 14,100 6.4
   Construction 711,300 707,900 700,700 3,400 0.5 10,600 1.5
   Manufacturing 866,500 864,700 847,400 1,800 0.2 19,100 2.3
Service Providing 10,447,800 10,444,800 10,225,000 3,000 0.0 222,800 2.2
   Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,443,200 2,444,200 2,414,000 -1,000 0.0 29,200 1.2
   Information 192,700 193,600 202,100 -900 -0.5 -9,400 -4.7
   Financial Activities 752,100 748,900 731,000 3,200 0.4 21,100 2.9
   Professional and Business Services 1,671,300 1,673,700 1,620,800 -2,400 -0.1 50,500 3.1
   Education and Health Services 1,674,600 1,678,600 1,624,900 -4,000 -0.2 49,700 3.1
   Leisure and Hospitality 1,322,700 1,320,700 1,285,500 2,000 0.2 37,200 2.9
   Other Services 438,000 435,600 426,900 2,400 0.6 11,100 2.6
   Government 1,953,200 1,949,500 1,919,800 3,700 0.2 33,400 1.7

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