Historic Low Continues in October 2019: Texas Adds Fifth Month of Record Low Unemployment

Date: November 15, 2019

Media Contact: Cisco Gamez
Phone: 512-463-8556

Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.4 Percent as Economy Adds 30,100 Jobs

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent in October 2019. This marks the fifth consecutive month of record low unemployment in the state starting in June 2019. It is the lowest unemployment rate since series tracking began in 1976.

“This is yet another historic moment for Texas. For the past five months, our unemployment rate has remained at a record low,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “It’s no surprise that our innovative businesses, hardworking labor force and strong state leadership continue to yield economic results to highlight Texas as one of the best places to work in the country.”

Texas employers added 297,100 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.4 percent in October and has held at or above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

“October Labor market data is great news for Texas workers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Their skills continue to be in high demand and more and more individuals are finding employment. These numbers are a wonderful reminder of why I am proud to be a Texan.”

Leading job growth in October was the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry adding 9,700 jobs, followed by Professional and Business Services adding 6,300 jobs and Education and Health Services which added 5,300 jobs.

 “Thanks to the hard work of Texas businesses our state’s vast economy continues to thrive with employers adding over 290,000 jobs in the last year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson “By continuing to support local businesses, we can ensure our industries continue to flourish and set new records.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded October’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA at 2.4. The Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs each recorded the third lowest rate at 2.6 percent.

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Alvarez on the latest labor market data are available on the TWC webpage for recent press releases. 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 TexasLMI.com.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for November is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
Area October 2019 September 2019 October 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,576.0 159,067.0 5,510.0 3.3 163,943.0 158,478.0 5,465.0 3.3 162,723.0 156,952.0 5,771.0 3.5
Texas 14,189.1 13,721.1 468.0 3.3 14,113.1 13,641.6 471.5 3.3 13,901.1 13,411.9 489.2 3.5
Abilene 77.6 75.4 2.3 2.9 77.1 74.9 2.3 2.9 77.2 74.8 2.4 3.1
Amarillo 133.0 129.8 3.2 2.4 132.0 128.7 3.3 2.5 132.1 128.7 3.4 2.6
Austin-Round Rock 1,230.5 1,199.1 31.4 2.6 1,220.4 1,188.5 31.9 2.6 1,203.1 1,169.7 33.4 2.8
Beaumont-Port Arthur 177.5 168.6 8.8 5.0 177.1 167.7 9.3 5.3 177.3 168.2 9.1 5.1
Brownsville-Harlingen 164.3 155.9 8.5 5.2 164.8 156.3 8.5 5.2 163.9 155.2 8.7 5.3
College Station-Bryan 138.9 135.3 3.6 2.6 135.8 132.2 3.6 2.6 136.4 132.7 3.7 2.7
Corpus Christi 209.4 201.2 8.2 3.9 208.1 199.7 8.5 4.1 207.5 198.5 8.9 4.3
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,025.2 3,901.3 123.9 3.1 4,010.4 3,887.2 123.2 3.1 3,928.9 3,800.5 128.4 3.3
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,728.3 2,645.7 82.5 3.0 2,718.9 2,635.8 83.1 3.1 2,650.9 2,563.9 87.0 3.3
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,296.9 1,255.5 41.4 3.2 1,291.6 1,251.4 40.1 3.1 1,278.0 1,236.6 41.4 3.2
El Paso 366.3 352.8 13.5 3.7 363.9 350.4 13.5 3.7 362.4 348.1 14.3 3.9
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,476.7 3,353.7 123.1 3.5 3,455.7 3,331.0 124.7 3.6 3,403.8 3,272.3 131.5 3.9
Killeen-Temple 180.2 173.8 6.3 3.5 178.9 172.5 6.4 3.6 176.0 169.1 7.0 4.0
Laredo 118.4 114.3 4.0 3.4 117.8 113.8 4.0 3.4 116.4 112.3 4.1 3.5
Longview 97.7 94.2 3.5 3.6 97.2 93.6 3.5 3.6 98.2 94.5 3.8 3.8
Lubbock 165.2 160.8 4.4 2.6 164.2 159.8 4.4 2.7 163.0 158.4 4.6 2.8
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 356.2 336.4 19.8 5.6 352.8 332.1 20.6 5.8 345.3 326.3 19.0 5.5
Midland 108.1 105.9 2.2 2.1 108.0 105.8 2.2 2.0 107.5 105.3 2.1 2.0
Odessa 87.3 85.0 2.4 2.7 87.3 85.0 2.3 2.6 86.9 84.8 2.1 2.4
San Angelo 56.2 54.6 1.6 2.9 56.1 54.5 1.6 2.9 55.9 54.2 1.7 3.0
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,228.4 1,192.7 35.7 2.9 1,215.2 1,179.3 35.9 3.0 1,191.4 1,154.2 37.2 3.1
Sherman-Denison 65.0 63.2 1.9 2.9 64.6 62.7 1.9 2.9 63.9 61.9 1.9 3.0
Texarkana 65.1 62.5 2.6 4.0 64.9 62.3 2.6 4.1 65.1 62.0 3.1 4.8
Tyler 108.8 105.4 3.4 3.1 108.3 104.9 3.4 3.2 108.4 104.6 3.8 3.5
Victoria 46.3 44.7 1.5 3.3 46.2 44.7 1.5 3.3 46.7 45.1 1.6 3.4
Waco 127.3 123.3 4.0 3.1 126.7 122.7 4.0 3.1 125.4 121.3 4.1 3.3
Wichita Falls 65.7 63.8 1.9 2.9 65.6 63.6 1.9 3.0 65.7 63.7 2.0 3.1
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Oct 2019* Sep 2019 Oct 2018 Sep '19 to Oct '19 Oct '18 to Oct '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,897,400 12,867,300 12,600,300 30,100 0.2 297,100 2.4
Total Private 10,928,500 10,902,300 10,643,900 26,200 0.2 284,600 2.7
Goods Producing 1,959,500 1,962,100 1,887,900 -2,600 -0.1 71,600 3.8
     Mining and Logging 253,400 255,400 254,600 -2,000 -0.8 -1,200 -0.5
     Construction 796,300 794,800 744,900 1,500 0.2 51,400 6.9
     Manufacturing 909,800 911,900 888,400 -2,100 -0.2 21,400 2.4
Service Providing 10,937,900 10,905,200 10,712,400 32,700 0.3 225,500 2.1
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,535,100 2,525,400 2,499,300 9,700 0.4 35,800 1.4
     Information 202,400 201,300 202,900 1,100 0.5 -500 -0.2
     Financial Activities 809,100 809,000 782,100 100 0.0 27,000 3.5
     Professional and Business Services 1,793,600 1,787,300 1,751,600 6,300 0.4 42,000 2.4
     Education and Health Services 1,762,800 1,757,500 1,709,200 5,300 0.3 53,600 3.1
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,412,000 1,407,100 1,373,700 4,900 0.3 38,300 2.8
     Other Services 454,000 452,600 437,200 1,400 0.3 16,800 3.8
     Government 1,968,900 1,965,000 1,956,400 3,900 0.2 12,500 0.6

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