Texas Economy Adds 21,400 Jobs in August

State has experienced job growth in 16 of the past 17 months

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas grew by an estimated 21,400 nonfarm jobs in August. The state has added jobs in 16 of the last 17 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.7 percent in August, up slightly from 4.6 percent in July, and remained below the national rate of 4.9 percent.

“Texas employers added 190,600 jobs over the past year, with the diversity of our economy highlighted by nine out of eleven industries adding jobs,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to build partnerships that provide workers with in-demand skills to boost job creation.”

The Financial Activities industry recorded the largest industry employment gain over the month with 6,200 jobs added. Trade, Transportation and Utilities employment added 4,000 jobs in August. Construction employment expanded for the second consecutive month with the addition of 1,300 jobs.

“Private-sector employment was strong over the year with the overall job growth of 150,900 and 18,500 jobs added in August,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The fact that our state has added jobs for 16 of the last 17 months is a credit to the diversity and resilience of employers in Texas.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the lowest unemployment rate for August with a 3.4 percent rate for the month. The Austin-Round Rock MSA had the second-lowest rate at 3.5 percent followed by the Lubbock MSA with a rate of 3.8 percent.

 “Texas workers have much to offer and there are resources available to help them find the perfect occupational fit, I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Hughs 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.

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
        August 2016     July 2016       August 2015
        C.L.F.  Emp.    Unemp.  Rate    C.L.F.  Emp.    Unemp.  Rate    C.L.F.  Emp.    Unemp.  Rate
  United States 159,800.0       151,804.0       7,996.0 5.0     160,705.0       152,437.0       8,267.0 5.1     157,390.0       149,228.0       8,162.0 5.2
  Texas 13,378.9        12,709.7        669.2   5.0     13,386.1        12,706.6        679.4   5.1     13,047.6        12,447.6        600.0   4.6
  Abilene       75.7    72.5    3.2     4.2     76.1    72.8    3.3     4.3     74.6    71.7    2.9     3.9
  Amarillo      131.1   126.7   4.5     3.4     131.8   127.1   4.7     3.6     129.2   125.1   4.2     3.2
  Austin-Round Rock     1,107.3 1,068.6 38.7    3.5     1,114.9 1,075.1 39.8    3.6     1,069.6 1,033.4 36.2    3.4
  Beaumont-Port Arthur  178.0   164.7   13.3    7.5     177.5   164.3   13.2    7.4     174.7   162.5   12.2    7.0
  Brownsville-Harlingen 169.2   156.3   12.9    7.6     169.8   156.7   13.1    7.7     163.7   152.1   11.7    7.1
  College Station-Bryan 122.5   117.4   5.0     4.1     122.6   117.5   5.2     4.2     117.0   112.7   4.3     3.7
  Corpus Christi        212.3   199.2   13.1    6.2     212.4   199.2   13.2    6.2     207.1   196.0   11.1    5.4
  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington   3,727.7 3,574.8 153.0   4.1     3,721.2 3,565.0 156.3   4.2     3,595.4 3,447.9 147.5   4.1
  Dallas-Plano-Irving MD        2,513.0 2,412.3 100.7   4.0     2,506.2 2,403.3 102.9   4.1     2,409.7 2,313.0 96.7    4.0
  Fort Worth-Arlington MD       1,214.7 1,162.5 52.2    4.3     1,215.0 1,161.6 53.4    4.4     1,185.8 1,135.0 50.8    4.3
  El Paso       352.7   333.5   19.2    5.4     351.9   332.7   19.2    5.4     343.2   325.0   18.1    5.3
  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land      3,306.4 3,115.3 191.0   5.8     3,311.5 3,120.2 191.2   5.8     3,245.8 3,088.0 157.8   4.9
  Killeen-Temple        174.3   165.9   8.3     4.8     173.9   165.3   8.7     5.0     169.9   162.0   7.9     4.7
  Laredo        116.0   110.0   6.0     5.2     115.7   109.4   6.3     5.4     111.6   106.1   5.5     4.9
  Longview      102.4   95.5    7.0     6.8     102.3   95.3    7.0     6.8     100.0   94.7    5.4     5.4
  Lubbock       157.5   151.6   5.9     3.8     157.4   150.9   6.5     4.1     153.5   148.0   5.5     3.6
  McAllen-Edinburg-Mission      338.3   309.9   28.3    8.4     335.4   306.8   28.6    8.5     328.5   301.4   27.1    8.3
  Midland       90.3    86.1    4.2     4.6     90.7    86.5    4.3     4.7     89.5    86.2    3.3     3.7
  Odessa        79.2    73.8    5.4     6.8     79.5    74.0    5.4     6.8     78.5    74.6    3.9     5.0
  San Angelo    56.5    53.8    2.7     4.7     56.3    53.6    2.8     4.9     54.8    52.5    2.3     4.2
  San Antonio-New Braunfels     1,124.0 1,078.0 46.1    4.1     1,128.6 1,081.1 47.5    4.2     1,098.0 1,055.5 42.5    3.9
  Sherman-Denison       61.9    59.5    2.5     4.0     62.1    59.5    2.6     4.2     60.7    58.1    2.6     4.2
  Texarkana     64.9    61.6    3.2     4.9     65.2    61.8    3.4     5.2     64.5    61.3    3.2     4.9
  Tyler 106.0   100.6   5.4     5.1     105.9   100.6   5.2     4.9     103.4   98.6    4.8     4.6
  Victoria      50.9    48.0    2.9     5.7     50.9    48.1    2.9     5.6     49.2    47.1    2.2     4.4
  Waco  122.3   117.0   5.4     4.4     122.5   116.9   5.6     4.6     119.6   114.6   5.0     4.2
  Wichita Falls 64.9    61.9    3.0     4.6     65.3    62.1    3.2     4.8     64.5    61.7    2.8     4.3

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT
SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
INDUSTRY TITLE  Aug 2016*       Jul 2016        Aug 2015        Jul '16 to Aug '16      Aug '15 to Aug '16
                                Absolute Change Percent Change  Absolute Change Percent Change

Total Nonagricultural   12,053,400      12,032,000      11,862,800      21,400          0.2     190,600         1.6
Total Private   10,154,900      10,136,400      10,004,000      18,500          0.2     150,900         1.5
Goods Producing 1,762,300       1,761,400       1,818,200       900     0.1     -55,900         -3.1
Mining and Logging      224,400         224,600         260,200         -200    -0.1            -35,800         -13.8
Construction    693,600         692,300         684,800         1,300   0.2     8,800   1.3
Manufacturing   844,300         844,500         873,200         -200    0.0     -28,900         -3.3
Service Providing       10,291,100      10,270,600      10,044,600      20,500          0.2     246,500         2.5
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities    2,440,900       2,436,900       2,403,400       4,000   0.2     37,500          1.6
Information     203,600         201,800         201,700         1,800   0.9     1,900   0.9
Financial Activities    746,500         740,300         722,300         6,200   0.8     24,200          3.4
Professional and Business Services      1,624,300       1,621,900       1,598,300       2,400   0.1     26,000          1.6
Education and Health Services   1,652,800       1,654,900       1,591,300       -2,100          -0.1            61,500          3.9
Leisure and Hospitality 1,296,700       1,296,900       1,248,300       -200    0.0     48,400          3.9
Other Services  427,800         422,300         420,500         5,500   1.3     7,300   1.7
Government      1,898,500       1,895,600       1,858,800       2,900   0.2     39,700          2.1
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