Texas Economy Adds 32,000 Positions in August

September 21, 2018

Media contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy added 32,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in August, which marked 26 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 394,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 3.2 percent. Private-sector employers added 32,800 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent in August, down slightly from 4.0 in July 2018.

“We are encouraged to see the Texas economy continue to expand with private-sector employers adding 32,800 jobs in August and accounting for an impressive 390,100 jobs over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Texas’ world-class employers and highly-skilled workforce continues to demonstrate competitive advantages and provide marketplace opportunities that keep our state the best in the country to do business.”

August’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.4 percent. Manufacturing led the three Goods Producing industries, adding 3,200 jobs followed by Mining and Logging with 2,700 jobs and Construction, which added 900 jobs over the month.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Professional and Business Services led all major industries and added 10,300 positions over the month.  Also within this sector, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 8,700 positions followed by Education and Health Services with a gain of 5,300 positions.

“The Texas labor force continues to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC is continually committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo and Odessa MSAs with rates of 2.8 and 2.9 percent, respectively. The Austin-Round Rock MSA recorded the fourth lowest rate of 3.0 percent for August. 

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 tracer2.com.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for September is scheduled to be released on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
Areas include Texas, U.S. and Metropolitan Divisions August 2018 July 2018 August 2017
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 161,909.0 155,539.0 6,370.0 3.9 163,734.0 157,004.0 6,730.0 4.1 160,863.0 153,576.0 7,287.0 4.5
Texas 13,751.9 13,212.4 539.4 3.9 13,840.8 13,284.2 556.6 4.0 13,522.8 12,921.8 601.0 4.4
Abilene 76.0 73.4 2.6 3.5 76.5 73.8 2.7 3.5 75.2 72.2 3.0 4.0
Amarillo 132.2 128.4 3.7 2.8 133.2 129.3 3.9 2.9 129.7 125.7 4.0 3.1
Austin-Round Rock 1,179.2 1,143.4 35.8 3.0 1,186.1 1,149.5 36.6 3.1 1,151.4 1,113.5 37.9 3.3
Beaumont-Port Arthur 171.2 160.4 10.7 6.3 172.3 161.4 10.9 6.3 172.3 160.1 12.2 7.1
Brownsville-Harlingen 165.7 155.5 10.2 6.2 167.8 156.9 11.0 6.5 166.6 154.5 12.1 7.2
College Station-Bryan 127.2 123.0 4.2 3.3 129.3 125.0 4.3 3.3 123.5 119.0 4.5 3.6
Corpus Christi 205.2 194.9 10.3 5.0 206.5 195.8 10.7 5.2 207.0 195.0 12.0 5.8
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,894.8 3,756.2 138.6 3.6 3,919.2 3,776.7 142.4 3.6 3,806.0 3,659.5 146.5 3.8
Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,637.0 2,543.4 93.6 3.5 2,651.3 2,555.2 96.1 3.6 2,568.5 2,470.3 98.2 3.8
Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,257.8 1,212.8 45.0 3.6 1,267.9 1,221.6 46.3 3.7 1,237.5 1,189.2 48.3 3.9
El Paso 356.3 340.8 15.6 4.4 358.2 342.4 15.8 4.4 352.0 335.0 17.0 4.8
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,393.7 3,247.1 146.6 4.3 3,418.9 3,268.5 150.4 4.4 3,321.0 3,151.0 170.0 5.1
Killeen-Temple 177.9 170.5 7.4 4.1 178.2 170.7 7.5 4.2 175.0 167.5 7.5 4.3
Laredo 114.4 110.1 4.3 3.8 115.2 110.6 4.6 4.0 114.6 109.8 4.9 4.3
Longview 95.9 91.9 4.0 4.2 96.7 92.6 4.1 4.3 97.1 92.1 5.0 5.1
Lubbock 164.6 159.4 5.2 3.2 165.1 159.4 5.7 3.4 161.5 155.7 5.8 3.6
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 339.3 316.8 22.5 6.6 340.7 317.0 23.7 7.0 337.8 311.4 26.4 7.8
Midland 100.2 98.0 2.3 2.2 100.7 98.5 2.3 2.2 93.3 90.6 2.8 3.0
Odessa 80.0 77.7 2.3 2.9 80.6 78.3 2.4 2.9 78.7 75.6 3.1 3.9
San Angelo 55.1 53.3 1.8 3.3 55.1 53.3 1.9 3.4 54.6 52.6 2.0 3.7
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,174.1 1,133.6 40.5 3.5 1,183.1 1,141.7 41.4 3.5 1,167.8 1,124.8 43.0 3.7
Sherman-Denison 63.5 61.4 2.1 3.2 64.0 61.9 2.1 3.3 62.2 59.9 2.3 3.6
Texarkana 64.3 61.1 3.2 5.0 65.3 61.8 3.5 5.3 64.1 61.0 3.1 4.8
Tyler 108.7 104.7 4.0 3.7 109.2 105.2 4.0 3.7 105.6 101.3 4.3 4.1
Victoria 44.8 43.0 1.8 4.0 45.1 43.3 1.8 4.1 45.9 43.6 2.2 4.9
Waco 125.5 121.0 4.6 3.7 126.5 121.5 4.9 3.9 125.1 119.8 5.4 4.3
Wichita Falls 64.8 62.6 2.2 3.4 65.5 63.1 2.4 3.7 64.5 62.1 2.4 3.8
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Aug 2018* Jul 2018 Aug 2017 Jul '18 to Aug '18 Aug '17 to Aug '18
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,626,500 12,594,500 12,232,000 32,000 0.3 394,500 3.2
Total Private 10,684,400 10,651,600 10,294,300 32,800 0.3 390,100 3.8
Goods Producing 1,904,900 1,898,100 1,791,100 6,800 0.4 113,800 6.4
     Mining and Logging 260,400 257,700 226,100 2,700 1.0 34,300 15.2
     Construction 766,000 765,100 709,900 900 0.1 56,100 7.9
     Manufacturing 878,500 875,300 855,100 3,200 0.4 23,400 2.7
Service Providing 10,721,600 10,696,400 10,440,900 25,200 0.2 280,700 2.7
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,525,600 2,516,900 2,459,400 8,700 0.3 66,200 2.7
     Information 196,000 196,900 201,600 -900 -0.5 -5,600 -2.8
     Financial Activities 775,200 775,000 759,200 200 0.0 16,000 2.1
     Professional and Business Services 1,761,700 1,751,400 1,669,300 10,300 0.6 92,400 5.5
     Education and Health Services 1,712,200 1,706,900 1,666,500 5,300 0.3 45,700 2.7
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,372,100 1,369,200 1,323,100 2,900 0.2 49,000 3.7
     Other Services 436,700 437,200 424,100 -500 -0.1 12,600 3.0
     Government 1,942,100 1,942,900 1,937,700 -800 0.0 4,400 0.2

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