Texas Economy Adds 19,600 Jobs in July

Date: August 18, 2017

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

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy expanded for the 13th consecutive month with the addition of 19,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent in June. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.4 percent, which was double the annual growth rate as compared to a year ago.

“Texas employers created 293,400 jobs over the past year and the dynamic Texas economy continues to provide competitive advantages to employers across the state,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to focus on the workforce needs of our growing industries and build partnerships that enhance the skills of our world class workforce.”

The Leisure and Hospitality Industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 7,000 jobs added. Financial Activities expanded by 5,200 jobs and recorded a 3.6 percent annual growth rate—the industry’s highest since August 2013. Professional and Business Services saw an increase of 5,000 jobs in July.

“Texas employers continue to keep our state’s economy strong with private-sector employment expanding over the year with overall job-growth of 266,000 including 20,500 jobs added in July,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth Hughs. “Texas is a state that continues to welcome new employers and work with our homegrown businesses, offering them the tools they need to grow and succeed.”

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 and Midland MSAs with a rate of 3.2 percent. The College Station-Bryan and Sherman-Denison MSAs registered a rate of 3.5 percent for July.

“Several Goods Producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including Manufacturing, which expanded by 2,900 jobs in July,” 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 good-paying career.”

An audio download with comments from Chairman Alcantar 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 August is scheduled to be released on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

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

 

July 2017

June 2017

July 2016

 

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

United States

161,911.0

154,470.0

7,441.0

4.6

161,337.0

154,086.0

7,250.0

4.5

160,705.0

152,437.0

8,267.0

5.1

Texas

13,433.4

12,849.5

584.0

4.3

13,462.3

12,831.1

631.1

4.7

13,356.8

12,681.9

675.0

5.1

Abilene

73.8

70.9

2.9

4.0

74.4

71.2

3.2

4.3

74.6

71.4

3.2

4.4

Amarillo

132.1

128.0

4.2

3.1

132.4

128.0

4.4

3.4

131.6

126.9

4.6

3.5

Austin-Round Rock

1,132.9

1,096.5

36.4

3.2

1,134.2

1,095.5

38.6

3.4

1,117.7

1,077.9

39.8

3.6

Beaumont-Port Arthur

171.6

159.8

11.7

6.8

173.1

160.4

12.7

7.3

174.0

160.9

13.1

7.5

  Brownsville-Harlingen

167.6

155.7

11.8

7.0

168.2

155.0

13.2

7.8

168.2

155.2

12.9

7.7

College Station-Bryan

124.1

119.7

4.4

3.5

124.9

120.1

4.8

3.8

122.1

117.0

5.2

4.2

Corpus Christi

208.1

196.6

11.4

5.5

209.6

197.1

12.4

5.9

206.2

193.2

13.0

6.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,783.3

3,641.8

141.5

3.7

3,772.1

3,620.5

151.6

4.0

3,711.3

3,555.9

155.5

4.2

Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,550.8

2,456.2

94.7

3.7

2,544.8

2,443.0

101.8

4.0

2,500.7

2,398.3

102.4

4.1

Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,232.5

1,185.6

46.9

3.8

1,227.3

1,177.5

49.8

4.1

1,210.7

1,157.6

53.1

4.4

El Paso

355.2

338.7

16.5

4.6

355.9

337.9

18.0

5.1

350.8

332.1

18.8

5.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,319.6

3,157.0

162.6

4.9

3,323.4

3,147.0

176.4

5.3

3,310.8

3,120.3

190.5

5.8

Killeen-Temple

178.9

171.5

7.4

4.1

178.0

170.1

7.9

4.4

176.1

167.5

8.6

4.9

Laredo

114.2

109.4

4.8

4.2

114.6

109.1

5.4

4.7

114.2

108.0

6.2

5.4

Longview

96.8

91.9

4.9

5.1

96.9

91.5

5.4

5.6

98.9

92.0

6.9

7.0

Lubbock

159.2

153.5

5.8

3.6

160.2

154.0

6.2

3.9

158.6

152.2

6.5

4.1

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

333.7

308.2

25.5

7.7

341.5

313.0

28.5

8.3

332.3

304.0

28.4

8.5

Midland

86.9

84.1

2.8

3.2

86.7

83.7

3.0

3.5

87.2

82.9

4.3

4.9

Odessa

74.2

71.0

3.1

4.2

73.9

70.4

3.4

4.7

75.8

70.3

5.5

7.2

San Angelo

53.7

51.6

2.1

3.9

54.2

51.9

2.3

4.2

55.0

52.3

2.7

5.0

San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,154.3

1,112.0

42.3

3.7

1,154.0

1,109.1

44.9

3.9

1,145.9

1,098.5

47.4

4.1

Sherman-Denison

61.8

59.6

2.2

3.5

61.8

59.4

2.4

3.9

61.5

58.9

2.6

4.2

Texarkana

65.0

61.9

3.0

4.7

66.1

62.9

3.2

4.9

65.9

62.6

3.4

5.1

Tyler

107.2

103.0

4.2

3.9

107.2

102.6

4.6

4.3

106.3

101.1

5.2

4.9

Victoria

46.5

44.3

2.2

4.7

46.8

44.4

2.4

5.1

47.4

44.5

2.9

6.0

Waco

122.6

117.2

5.4

4.4

122.2

116.4

5.9

4.8

122.9

117.4

5.6

4.5

Wichita Falls

63.3

60.8

2.5

3.9

63.4

60.8

2.6

4.1

64.6

61.5

3.1

4.8

 

Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted

INDUSTRY TITLE

July 2017*

June 2017

July 2016

June '17 to July '17

July '16 to July '17

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonagricultural

12,326,300 

12,306,700 

12,032,900 

19,600 

0.2   

293,400 

2.4     

Total Private

10,368,000 

10,347,500 

10,102,000 

20,500 

0.2   

266,000 

2.6     

Goods Producing

1,829,000 

1,824,900 

1,762,600 

4,100 

0.2   

66,400 

3.8     

Mining and Logging

242,000 

239,900 

215,800 

2,100 

0.9   

26,200 

12.1     

Construction

713,000 

713,900 

702,600 

-900 

-0.1   

10,400 

1.5     

Manufacturing

874,000 

871,100 

844,200 

2,900 

0.3   

29,800 

3.5     

Service Providing

10,497,300 

10,481,800 

10,270,300  

15,500 

0.1   

227,000 

2.2     

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,442,000 

2,439,000 

2,424,500 

3,000 

0.1   

17,500 

0.7     

Information

192,800 

194,000 

202,200 

-1,200 

-0.6   

-9,400 

-4.6     

Financial Activities

759,100 

753,900 

733,000 

5,200 

0.7   

26,100 

3.6     

Professional and Business Services

1,683,300 

1,678,300 

1,631,500 

5,000 

0.3   

51,800 

3.2     

Education and Health Services

1,687,200 

1,688,300 

1,636,600 

-1,100 

-0.1   

50,600 

3.1     

Leisure and Hospitality

1,327,600 

1,320,600 

1,290,300 

7,000 

0.5   

37,300 

2.9     

Other Services

447,000 

448,500 

421,300 

-1,500 

-0.3   

25,700 

6.1     

Government

1,958,300 

1,959,200 

1,930,900 

-900 

0.0   

27,400 

1.4     

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