Texas Economy Adds 5,500 Jobs in August

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy expanded for the 14th consecutive month with the addition of 5,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in August. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in July. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year.

“Texas employers added 298,600 jobs over the year in the diverse and competitive Texas economy,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC is dedicated to building and deploying the partnerships necessary to support the rebuilding of our Texas communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to put our fellow Texans back to work.”

The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities Industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 9,100 jobs added. Construction expanded by 2,600 jobs, adding 15,200 jobs over the year. Manufacturing saw an increase of 2,200 jobs in August, representing a 4.2 percent employment growth rate over the year, the industry’s highest annual growth rate since March 2012.

“Private-sector employment was strong over the year with an increase in overall jobs of 270,800, including 4,400 jobs added in August,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “After the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey, TWC and our Workforce Solutions partners are committed to ensuring our state resources and services are provided to impacted Texas businesses, individuals, and communities to help get Texans get back to work and regain their lives.”

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 Midland MSA with a rate of 3.2 percent and the Austin-Round Rock MSA with a rate of 3.4 percent for August.

“Several Goods Producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including Construction, which has added 15,200 jobs over the year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “If you have been unable to work due to Hurricane Harvey, go to http://texasworkforce.org for more information on disaster recovery resources.”

An audio download with comments from Commissioner Hughs 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 September is scheduled to be released on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  August 2017 July 2017 August 2016
  C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 160,863.0 153,576.0 7,287.0 4.5 161,911.0 154,470.0 7,441.0 4.6 159,800.0 151,804.0 7,996.0 5.0
Texas 13,406.8 12,802.0 604.8 4.5 13,434.6 12,850.6 584.0 4.3 13,295.2 12,639.0 656.2 4.9
Abilene 73.6 70.6 3.0 4.1 73.8 70.9 2.9 4.0 74.3 71.2 3.1 4.2
Amarillo 131.4 127.3 4.1 3.1 131.7 127.5 4.2 3.2 130.8 126.4 4.3 3.3
Austin-Round Rock 1,126.1 1,088.3 37.8 3.4 1,132.3 1,095.9 36.4 3.2 1,110.4 1,072.2 38.2 3.4
Beaumont-Port Arthur 171.3 158.9 12.3 7.2 171.4 159.6 11.7 6.8 173.2 160.2 13.0 7.5
Brownsville-Harlingen 167.5 155.3 12.3 7.3 167.4 155.6 11.8 7.0 166.7 154.1 12.6 7.5
College Station-Bryan 124.0 119.5 4.5 3.6 124.4 120.1 4.4 3.5 121.2 116.2 4.9 4.1
Corpus Christi 208.2 196.1 12.1 5.8 207.9 196.5 11.4 5.5 205.0 192.2 12.8 6.2
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,773.6 3,626.8 146.7 3.9 3,782.9 3,641.3 141.6 3.7 3,699.8 3,549.5 150.3 4.1
    Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,547.0 2,448.6 98.3 3.9 2,550.4 2,455.7 94.7 3.7 2,494.0 2,394.9 99.1 4.0
    Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,226.6 1,178.2 48.4 3.9 1,232.5 1,185.6 46.9 3.8 1,205.8 1,154.6 51.2 4.2
El Paso 355.5 338.4 17.1 4.8 355.9 339.4 16.5 4.6 351.0 332.4 18.6 5.3
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,307.7 3,137.2 170.6 5.2 3,319.7 3,157.0 162.7 4.9 3,286.9 3,099.0 187.9 5.7
Killeen-Temple 178.7 171.1 7.6 4.2 178.9 171.5 7.4 4.1 175.4 167.2 8.2 4.6
Laredo 113.6 108.6 5.0 4.4 114.3 109.5 4.8 4.2 113.5 107.7 5.8 5.2
Longview 96.7 91.7 5.0 5.2 96.7 91.8 4.9 5.1 98.6 91.8 6.8 6.9
Lubbock 160.0 154.2 5.8 3.6 159.3 153.5 5.8 3.6 158.7 152.8 5.8 3.7
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 335.1 308.4 26.7 8.0 334.2 308.7 25.5 7.6 333.9 306.2 27.7 8.3
Midland 86.4 83.6 2.8 3.2 86.8 84.0 2.8 3.2 86.5 82.4 4.1 4.7
Odessa 74.0 70.8 3.2 4.3 74.2 71.1 3.1 4.2 75.4 70.1 5.3 7.0
San Angelo 53.7 51.6 2.1 3.8 53.6 51.6 2.1 3.9 54.8 52.2 2.6 4.8
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,156.4 1,113.3 43.1 3.7 1,155.1 1,112.8 42.3 3.7 1,140.4 1,095.1 45.3 4.0
Sherman-Denison 61.7 59.4 2.3 3.7 61.7 59.5 2.2 3.5 61.2 58.7 2.4 4.0
Texarkana 64.5 61.5 3.0 4.7 65.0 61.9 3.0 4.7 65.2 61.9 3.2 5.0
Tyler 106.7 102.4 4.3 4.1 107.3 103.1 4.2 3.9 106.3 101.0 5.3 5.0
Victoria 46.7 44.4 2.3 4.8 46.5 44.3 2.2 4.7 47.2 44.4 2.8 6.0
Waco 121.9 116.5 5.4 4.5 122.7 117.2 5.4 4.4 122.9 117.7 5.2 4.2
Wichita Falls 62.9 60.4 2.5 3.9 63.3 60.9 2.5 3.9 63.9 61.0 2.9 4.5

 

Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Aug 2017* Jul 2017 Aug 2016 Jul '17 to Aug '17 Aug '16 to Aug '17
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,333,900 12,328,400 12,035,300 5,500 0.0 298,600 2.5
Total Private 10,374,700 10,370,300 10,103,900 4,400 0.0 270,800 2.7
Goods Producing 1,836,100 1,830,300 1,755,800 5,800 0.3 80,300 4.6
     Mining and Logging 243,900 242,900 214,400 1,000 0.4 29,500 13.8
     Construction 714,800 712,200 699,600 2,600 0.4 15,200 2.2
     Manufacturing 877,400 875,200 841,800 2,200 0.3 35,600 4.2
Service Providing 10,497,800 10,498,100 10,279,500 -300 0.0 218,300 2.1
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,452,500 2,443,400 2,424,300 9,100 0.4 28,200 1.2
     Information 191,400 193,300 202,100 -1,900 -1.0 -10,700 -5.3
     Financial Activities 757,800 758,200 734,100 -400 -0.1 23,700 3.2
     Professional and Business Services 1,679,400 1,680,300 1,631,500 -900 -0.1 47,900 2.9
     Education and Health Services 1,686,600 1,688,800 1,640,300 -2,200 -0.1 46,300 2.8
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,328,700 1,327,300 1,294,100 1,400 0.1 34,600 2.7
     Other Services 442,200 448,700 421,700 -6,500 -1.4 20,500 4.9
     Government 1,959,200 1,958,100 1,931,400 1,100 0.1 27,800 1.4

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