Texas Adds 256,100 Jobs Over the Past Year

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas added an estimated 256,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. There were overall job decreases of 7,300 in September, due largely to effects from Hurricane Harvey. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in August and remained below the national rate of 4.2 percent. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.1 percent.

“Hurricane Harvey impacted overall job numbers in September, but the dynamic Texas economy has created jobs in 10 of 11 industries over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC remains focused on building and deploying all partnerships necessary to support the rebuilding of our communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to put our fellow Texans back to work.”

Employment in the Professional and Business Services industry increased by 5,900 jobs in September. Over the year, this industry has gained 41,700 jobs. Financial Activities employment expanded by 5,000 jobs. These gains were offset by losses in other industries including Leisure and Hospitality which lost 21,300 jobs.

“Texas’ economic growth is boosted by the resilience of our employers who have added 230,300 private-sector jobs over the past year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “TWC is committed to ensuring our state resources and services are provided to help get Texans get back to work after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.7 percent, followed by the Midland MSA with a rate of 2.8 percent. The Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs registered a rate of 2.9 percent for September.

“All Goods Producing industries showed strength in Texas in September, including Manufacturing, which has added 37,200 jobs over the year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “If you have been unable to work due to Hurricane Harvey, go to texasworkforce.org for more information on disaster recovery resources for jobseekers.”

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Alvarez on the latest labor market data are 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.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for October is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  September 2017 August 2017 September 2016
  C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 161,049.0 154,494.0 6,556.0 4.1 160,863.0 153,576.0 7,287.0 4.5 159,636.0 151,977.0 7,658.0 4.8
Texas 13,499.1 12,955.5 543.6 4.0 13,406.5 12,801.7 604.8 4.5 13,359.7 12,712.7 647.0 4.8
Abilene 74.7 72.0 2.6 3.5 73.7 70.7 3.0 4.1 74.9 71.8 3.1 4.1
Amarillo 131.9 128.3 3.6 2.7 131.4 127.3 4.1 3.1 131.2 126.7 4.5 3.4
Austin-Round Rock 1,143.1 1,109.8 33.3 2.9 1,127.3 1,089.5 37.8 3.3 1,119.2 1,080.7 38.5 3.4
Beaumont-Port Arthur 173.6 159.6 14.1 8.1 171.0 158.7 12.3 7.2 174.9 162.3 12.6 7.2
Brownsville-Harlingen 166.0 155.4 10.6 6.4 166.5 154.3 12.3 7.4 166.0 153.8 12.2 7.4
College Station-Bryan 130.5 126.7 3.8 2.9 124.5 120.1 4.5 3.6 127.3 122.7 4.7 3.7
Corpus Christi 210.6 198.3 12.3 5.8 208.8 196.7 12.1 5.8 205.2 192.3 12.9 6.3
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,806.3 3,678.2 128.1 3.4 3,770.7 3,623.9 146.7 3.9 3,720.1 3,571.5 148.6 4.0
    Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,567.8 2,481.7 86.1 3.4 2,544.7 2,446.3 98.3 3.9 2,507.7 2,409.3 98.4 3.9
    Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,238.5 1,196.5 42.0 3.4 1,226.0 1,177.6 48.4 3.9 1,212.4 1,162.2 50.2 4.1
El Paso 361.0 345.8 15.2 4.2 355.8 338.7 17.1 4.8 354.1 335.9 18.3 5.2
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,308.0 3,148.8 159.2 4.8 3,301.4 3,130.7 170.7 5.2 3,300.8 3,114.2 186.6 5.7
Killeen-Temple 179.6 172.7 6.9 3.8 178.8 171.3 7.6 4.2 176.9 168.6 8.2 4.6
Laredo 114.7 110.5 4.2 3.6 113.8 108.8 4.9 4.3 114.2 108.6 5.6 4.9
Longview 97.3 92.8 4.4 4.6 96.7 91.6 5.0 5.2 98.7 92.1 6.6 6.7
Lubbock 160.2 155.5 4.7 2.9 160.1 154.3 5.8 3.6 158.8 153.2 5.6 3.5
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 335.2 312.2 23.0 6.9 335.9 309.2 26.7 7.9 334.4 308.2 26.3 7.9
Midland 87.7 85.3 2.5 2.8 86.6 83.8 2.8 3.2 86.9 82.9 4.0 4.6
Odessa 75.1 72.4 2.8 3.7 73.9 70.7 3.2 4.3 75.9 70.8 5.1 6.7
San Angelo 53.8 52.0 1.8 3.4 53.7 51.7 2.1 3.8 54.7 52.2 2.5 4.6
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,168.0 1,130.3 37.7 3.2 1,159.1 1,116.0 43.1 3.7 1,147.3 1,102.3 45.0 3.9
Sherman-Denison 61.7 59.7 2.0 3.2 61.7 59.4 2.3 3.7 61.0 58.6 2.4 3.9
Texarkana 64.9 62.2 2.7 4.2 64.4 61.4 3.0 4.7 65.4 62.2 3.2 4.8
Tyler 107.3 103.3 4.0 3.8 106.9 102.6 4.3 4.0 106.3 101.2 5.1 4.8
Victoria 46.9 44.7 2.2 4.6 46.8 44.5 2.3 4.8 47.4 44.6 2.8 5.8
Waco 122.3 117.6 4.6 3.8 122.4 117.0 5.4 4.4 123.3 118.1 5.1 4.2
Wichita Falls 63.3 61.2 2.2 3.4 63.0 60.5 2.5 3.9 63.6 60.7 2.8 4.5
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Sep 2017* Aug 2017 Sep 2016 Aug '17 to Sep '17 Sep '16 to Sep '17
Absolute
Change
Percent
Change
Absolute
Change
Percent
Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,321,100 12,328,400 12,065,000 -7,300 -0.1 256,100 2.1
Total Private 10,361,000 10,369,200 10,130,700 -8,200 -0.1 230,300 2.3
Goods Producing 1,842,000 1,832,800 1,756,300 9,200 0.5 85,700 4.9
     Mining and Logging 248,400 243,500 214,200 4,900 2.0 34,200 16.0
     Construction 715,400 711,300 701,100 4,100 0.6 14,300 2.0
     Manufacturing 878,200 878,000 841,000 200 0.0 37,200 4.4
Service Providing 10,479,100 10,495,600 10,308,700 -16,500 -0.2 170,400 1.7
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,447,500 2,450,800 2,427,000 -3,300 -0.1 20,500 0.8
     Information 190,400 191,900 202,300 -1,500 -0.8 -11,900 -5.9
     Financial Activities 762,300 757,300 736,000 5,000 0.7 26,300 3.6
     Professional and Business Services 1,680,800 1,674,900 1,639,100 5,900 0.4 41,700 2.5
     Education and Health Services 1,682,300 1,688,300 1,643,800 -6,000 -0.4 38,500 2.3
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,309,200 1,330,500 1,296,400 -21,300 -1.6 12,800 1.0
     Other Services 446,500 442,700 429,800 3,800 0.9 16,700 3.9
     Government 1,960,100 1,959,200 1,934,300 900 0.0 25,800 1.3

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