Historic Low: Texas Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall to 3.4 Percent

Date: July 19, 2019

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

Economy Adds 45,000 Jobs in June

AUSTIN – In June, the Texas economy added 45,000 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. After shattering the all-time low in May of 2019, the unemployment rate fell again to 3.4 percent. This new record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976.

“June’s unemployment rate is a historic win for employers and workers across the state,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “It is a reflection of our excellent businesses, skilled workforce and the hard work of every Texan.”

Texas employers added 315,600 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.5 percent in June and has held above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

 “It’s a great day to be a member of the Texas workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The skills of Texas workers are in high demand, allowing more individuals to find stable employment, earn a paycheck and invest in this great state. As unemployment continues to fall Texas must continue to invest in job training that meets the needs of in-demand industries across the state.”

Leading job growth this month was the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry adding 10,500 jobs in June followed by Leisure and Hospitality which added 10,000 jobs and Other Services adding 6,600 jobs.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded June’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo, Austin-Round Rock, and Odessa MSAs which recorded at 2.7 for the second lowest rate.

Audio downloads with comments from Chair Hughs 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.

View the Labor Market Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwbZtQFxuRU

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for July is scheduled to be released on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
Area June 2019 May 2019 June 2018
  C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,120.0 157,828.0 6,292.0 3.8 162,655.0 157,152.0 5,503.0 3.4 163,277.0 156,465.0 6,812.0 4.2
Texas 14,043.4 13,542.3 501.1 3.6 13,967.0 13,558.5 408.5 2.9 13,866.7 13,281.8 584.9 4.2
Abilene 76.9 74.5 2.5 3.2 76.8 74.9 2.0 2.6 77.3 74.5 2.8 3.6
Amarillo 132.5 129.0 3.6 2.7 132.4 129.6 2.8 2.1 132.1 128.0 4.1 3.1
Austin-Round Rock 1,215.8 1,182.6 33.2 2.7 1,210.0 1,183.0 27.0 2.2 1,201.1 1,162.6 38.6 3.2
Beaumont-Port Arthur 176.2 166.4 9.9 5.6 175.1 167.2 7.9 4.5 175.9 164.9 11.0 6.3
Brownsville-Harlingen 165.9 156.5 9.4 5.6 164.5 156.9 7.6 4.6 167.0 155.4 11.7 7.0
College Station-Bryan 130.2 126.2 4.0 3.1 135.1 132.0 3.1 2.3 128.2 123.6 4.6 3.6
Corpus Christi 207.8 198.8 9.1 4.4 207.2 199.8 7.4 3.6 209.9 198.7 11.2 5.4
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,989.7 3,858.3 131.3 3.3 3,951.7 3,843.9 107.8 2.7 3,901.5 3,751.7 149.8 3.8
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,699.9 2,611.5 88.4 3.3 2,674.5 2,601.5 73.0 2.7 2,631.4 2,530.3 101.2 3.8
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,289.8 1,246.8 42.9 3.3 1,277.3 1,242.5 34.8 2.7 1,270.1 1,221.4 48.7 3.8
El Paso 360.5 346.2 14.2 3.9 362.3 350.6 11.7 3.2 358.0 341.3 16.7 4.7
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,441.4 3,310.9 130.5 3.8 3,419.2 3,311.2 108.0 3.2 3,395.5 3,237.9 157.6 4.6
Killeen-Temple 178.2 171.3 6.9 3.8 177.8 172.2 5.6 3.1 175.1 167.2 7.9 4.5
Laredo 118.0 113.4 4.6 3.9 117.1 113.3 3.8 3.2 116.2 111.2 5.0 4.3
Longview 96.3 92.7 3.6 3.8 95.9 92.9 3.0 3.1 98.2 93.9 4.3 4.4
Lubbock 163.7 158.6 5.2 3.2 163.2 159.5 3.8 2.3 162.7 156.8 5.9 3.6
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 353.8 331.8 22.1 6.2 351.3 333.5 17.7 5.0 349.4 324.3 25.1 7.2
Midland 106.5 104.3 2.2 2.1 106.1 104.3 1.8 1.7 104.8 102.3 2.4 2.3
Odessa 86.0 83.8 2.3 2.7 86.2 84.3 1.8 2.1 85.0 82.5 2.5 2.9
San Angelo 55.8 54.0 1.8 3.2 55.9 54.5 1.4 2.5 55.7 53.8 1.9 3.5
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,200.0 1,161.7 38.2 3.2 1,196.6 1,165.9 30.7 2.6 1,193.9 1,150.6 43.3 3.6
Sherman-Denison 64.1 62.1 2.0 3.1 64.1 62.5 1.6 2.6 63.4 61.1 2.3 3.6
Texarkana 65.3 62.4 2.9 4.4 64.7 62.3 2.4 3.7 65.4 61.7 3.7 5.7
Tyler 108.2 104.6 3.7 3.4 108.2 105.2 3.0 2.8 107.9 103.6 4.3 4.0
Victoria 46.3 44.7 1.6 3.5 46.2 44.8 1.3 2.9 46.7 44.8 1.9 4.2
Waco 126.0 121.5 4.5 3.5 125.3 121.9 3.4 2.7 126.2 121.0 5.2 4.1
Wichita Falls 65.9 63.7 2.2 3.4 65.3 63.6 1.7 2.6 66.2 63.7 2.5 3.8
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Jun 2019* May 2019 Jun 2018 May '19 to Jun '19 Jun '18 to Jun '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,808,400 12,763,400 12,492,800 45,000 0.4 315,600 2.5
Total Private 10,847,900 10,803,800 10,540,800 44,100 0.4 307,100 2.9
Goods Producing 1,943,500 1,934,200 1,862,800 9,300 0.5 80,700 4.3
     Mining and Logging 260,700 259,600 245,300 1,100 0.4 15,400 6.3
     Construction 777,100 771,000 737,600 6,100 0.8 39,500 5.4
     Manufacturing 905,700 903,600 879,900 2,100 0.2 25,800 2.9
Service Providing 10,864,900 10,829,200 10,630,000 35,700 0.3 234,900 2.2
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,529,600 2,519,100 2,483,300 10,500 0.4 46,300 1.9
     Information 202,700 201,300 204,500 1,400 0.7 -1,800 -0.9
     Financial Activities 799,600 797,500 776,800 2,100 0.3 22,800 2.9
     Professional and Business Services 1,774,900 1,775,200 1,735,500 -300 0.0 39,400 2.3
     Education and Health Services 1,739,600 1,735,100 1,694,900 4,500 0.3 44,700 2.6
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,401,700 1,391,700 1,350,800 10,000 0.7 50,900 3.8
     Other Services 456,300 449,700 432,200 6,600 1.5 24,100 5.6
     Government 1,960,500 1,959,600 1,952,000 900 0.0 8,500 0.4

 

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