Texas Maintains Record Low Unemployment Rate of 3.4 Percent for Fourth Consecutive Month

Date: October 18, 2019

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

Economy Adds 7,600 Jobs in September

AUSTIN ⎯ In September, the Texas economy added 7,600 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. The unemployment rate held steady for the fourth month in a row at 3.4 percent matching the all-time record low first set in June. This record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976.

"Texas' fourth straight month of record-setting low unemployment rates highlights the competitive strength of Texas businesses, whose broad-based growth across industries provides exceptional opportunities for our highly skilled workforce," said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. "Texas continues to be a national leader in job creation and the premier place to do business."

Texas employers added 300,000 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.4 percent in September and has held at or above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

"Texas' labor force is made up of hard-working individuals who are eager to obtain the skills that our employers need," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. "Positive economic growth means continued opportunities for the expanding labor force in Texas."

Leading job growth in September was the Professional and Business Services adding 9,600 jobs, followed by Construction adding 7,200 jobs and Education and Health Services which added 1,800 jobs.

"Our Texas employers continue to thrive and grow in our strong and resilient economy," said Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. "Texas has created an environment for success and we continue to support local business expansion efforts over an array of industries."

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded September's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.0 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA at 2.5. The Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Odessa MSAs each recorded the third lowest rate at 2.6 percent.

Audio downloads with comments from Chairman Daniel 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 October is scheduled to be released on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  September 2019 August 2019 September 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 163,943 158,478 5,465 3.3 164,019 157,816 6,203 3.8 161,958 156,191 5,766.0 3.6
Texas 14,112.7 13,641.1 471.6 3.3 14,015.6 13,508.8 506.8 3.6 13,849.9 13,337 512.8 3.7
Abilene 77.1 74.8 2.3 3.0 76.2 73.7 2.5 3.2 77.0 74.5 2.5 3.2
Amarillo 132.0 128.7 3.3 2.5 131.5 127.9 3.6 2.7 131.4 127.9 3.5 2.7
Austin-Round Rock 1,217.8 1,185.9 31.9 2.6 1,209.5 1,175.8 33.7 2.8 1,200.2 1,165.6 34.6 2.9
Beaumont-Port Arthur 177.4 168.1 9.3 5.3 175.3 165 10.3 5.9 176.1 166.1 9.9 5.6
Brownsville-Harlingen 164.8 156.3 8.5 5.2 164.5 155.3 9.2 5.6 164.4 155.1 9.3 5.7
College Station-Bryan 135.8 132.2 3.6 2.6 130.3 126.5 3.9 3.0 134.4 130.6 3.8 2.8
Corpus Christi 208.2 199.7 8.5 4.1 207.2 198.1 9.1 4.4 206.2 196.5 9.7 4.7
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,014.6 3,891.4 123.2 3.1 3,986.7 3,854.2 132.4 3.3 3,908.7 3,775.9 132.8 3.4
Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,720.4 2,637.4 83.1 3.1 2,704 2,614.8 89.3 3.3 2,636.4 2,546.4 90.1 3.4
Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,294.2 1,254 40.1 3.1 1,282.6 1,239.5 43.1 3.4 1,272.3 1,229.5 42.7 3.4
El Paso 363.8 350.3 13.5 3.7 358.5 344.3 14.3 4.0 361.4 346.5 15.0 4.1
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,453.6 3,328.9 124.7 3.6 3,428.7 3,294.6 134.1 3.9 3,385.5 3,245.9 139.6 4.1
Killeen-Temple 178.5 172.2 6.4 3.6 177.7 171.0 6.8 3.8 175.5 168.4 7.1 4.1
Laredo 118.0 114.1 4.0 3.4 117.0 112.6 4.3 3.7 116.2 112.1 4.1 3.6
Longview 97.0 93.4 3.5 3.7 96.4 92.7 3.7 3.9 97.8 94.0 3.8 3.9
Lubbock 164.3 159.9 4.4 2.7 163.4 158.6 4.8 2.9 162.4 157.5 4.8 3.0
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 352.7 332.1 20.6 5.9 350.5 328.0 22.4 6.4 344.5 323.6 21.0 6.1
Midland 107.9 105.7 2.2 2.0 107.4 105.0 2.4 2.2 107.1 105.0 2.2 2.0
Odessa 87.2 84.8 2.3 2.6 86.6 84.2 2.4 2.8 86.2 84.0 2.1 2.5
San Angelo 56.0 54.4 1.6 2.9 55.7 54.0 1.7 3.1 55.8 54.1 1.7 3.1
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,216.4 1,180.5 35.9 3.0 1,205.2 1,166.6 38.7 3.2 1,190.4 1,151.9 38.5 3.2
Sherman-Denison 64.5 62.6 1.9 3.0 64.4 62.3 2.0 3.2 63.6 61.6 2.0 3.1
Texarkana 64.7 62.0 2.6 4.1 64.1 61.2 2.9 4.5 65.0 61.6 3.4 5.2
Tyler 108.1 104.7 3.4 3.2 107.9 104.2 3.7 3.4 107.4 103.7 3.7 3.5
Victoria 46.1 44.6 1.5 3.3 46.0 44.4 1.6 3.5 46.7 45.1 1.7 3.6
Waco 126.3 122.3 4.0 3.2 126.2 121.8 4.4 3.5 125.6 121.3 4.3 3.4
Wichita Falls 65.5 63.5 2.0 3.0 65.5 63.3 2.1 3.2 65.4 63.3 2.1 3.2
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Sep 2019* Aug 2019 Sep 2018 Aug '19 to Sep '19 Sep '18 to Sep '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,860,000  12,852,400  12,560,000  7,600  0.1    300,000  2.4     
Total Private 10,895,200  10,886,500  10,604,700  8,700  0.1    290,500  2.7     
Goods Producing 1,962,700  1,955,600  1,882,500  7,100  0.4    80,200  4.3     
Mining and Logging 253,700  254,800  252,000  -1,100  -0.4    1,700  0.7     
Construction 795,600  788,400  743,600  7,200  0.9    52,000  7.0     
Manufacturing 913,400  912,400  886,900  1,000  0.1    26,500  3.0     
Service Providing 10,897,300  10,896,800  10,677,500  500  0.0    219,800  2.1     
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,524,500  2,531,900  2,495,000  -7,400  -0.3    29,500  1.2     
Information 200,800  201,900  204,400  -1,100  -0.5    -3,600  -1.8     
Financial Activities 809,100  807,900  780,800  1,200  0.1    28,300  3.6     
Professional and Business Services 1,785,000  1,775,400  1,746,700  9,600  0.5    38,300  2.2     
Education and Health Services 1,753,500  1,751,700  1,704,700  1,800  0.1    48,800  2.9     
Leisure and Hospitality 1,407,100  1,409,300  1,354,700  -2,200  -0.2    52,400  3.9     
Other Services 452,500  452,800  435,900  -300  -0.1    16,600  3.8     
Government 1,964,800  1,965,900  1,955,300  -1,100  -0.1    9,500  0.5     

 

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