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

Date: September 20, 2019

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Phone: 512-463-8556

Economy Adds 18,200 Jobs in August

AUSTIN ⎯ In August, the Texas economy added 18,200 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent matching the all-time record low set in June. This record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976.

“Our businesses in Texas continue to thrive every day in a strong economy, and this three-month historic low unemployment rate is encouraging for all Texans,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “Texas has created an environment for success, thanks to Governor Abbott’s leadership, and it should continue to support additional business expansion for our broad range of industry employers.”

Texas employers added 303,500 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.4 percent in August and has held at or above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

“Our economy is robust, and our workforce is thriving,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “At TWC, we’re working hard to provide each member of our 14 million strong workforce with opportunities to sharpen their skills, build their careers and keep Texas one of the best places in the country to live and work.”

Leading job growth in August was the Education and Health Services industry adding 8,800 jobs, followed by the Government sector adding 3,400 jobs and then Financial Activities which added 3,200 jobs.

“Texas employers have continued to contribute to our state’s success by adding over 300,000 jobs this year and upholding the historic unemployment rate,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Our employers commitment to this great state, through their investment and unwavering entrepreneurial spirit, is what makes Texas the best state in the country to do business.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded August’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA at 2.7. The Austin-Round Rock and Odessa MSAs each recorded the third lowest rate at 2.8 percent.

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Demerson 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 September is scheduled to be released on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  August 2019 July 2019 August 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,019.0 157,816.0 6,203.0 3.8 164,941.0 158,385.0 6,556.0 4.0 161,909.0 155,539.0 6,370.0 3.9
Texas 14,015.6 13,508.8 506.8 3.6 14,063.7 13,539.9 523.9 3.7 13,768.5 13,222.4 546.1 4.0
Abilene 76.1 73.7 2.5 3.2 76.6 74.1 2.6 3.3 76.2 73.6 2.6 3.4
Amarillo 131.5 127.9 3.6 2.7 132.0 128.2 3.7 2.8 130.6 126.9 3.8 2.9
Austin-Round Rock 1,211.3 1,177.6 33.7 2.8 1,218.2 1,183.2 35.0 2.9 1,191.9 1,155.3 36.6 3.1
Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.2 164.9 10.3 5.9 176.3 165.7 10.6 6.0 174.5 163.7 10.8 6.2
Brownsville-Harlingen 164.3 155.1 9.2 5.6 165.8 156.1 9.7 5.8 165.0 154.7 10.3 6.2
College Station-Bryan 130.1 126.2 3.9 3.0 131.2 127.1 4.1 3.1 129.5 125.3 4.2 3.2
Corpus Christi 207.2 198.1 9.1 4.4 206.8 197.5 9.3 4.5 206.7 196.4 10.3 5.0
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,986.1 3,853.7 132.4 3.3 4,003.8 3,866.9 136.9 3.4 3,884.4 3,743.2 141.3 3.6
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,703.5 2,614.3 89.2 3.3 2,711.1 2,618.9 92.1 3.4 2,620.7 2,525.1 95.5 3.6
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,282.5 1,239.4 43.1 3.4 1,292.8 1,248.0 44.8 3.5 1,263.7 1,218.0 45.7 3.6
El Paso 358.9 344.6 14.3 4.0 358.8 344.2 14.6 4.1 357.5 341.8 15.7 4.4
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,429.3 3,295.2 134.2 3.9 3,448.1 3,311.4 136.7 4.0 3,364.4 3,216.2 148.3 4.4
Killeen-Temple 177.4 170.7 6.7 3.8 178.9 171.8 7.1 4.0 174.2 166.7 7.5 4.3
Laredo 117.1 112.7 4.3 3.7 117.4 112.8 4.7 4.0 116.5 112.1 4.4 3.8
Longview 96.4 92.6 3.8 3.9 96.9 93.0 3.9 4.0 97.3 93.3 4.1 4.2
Lubbock 163.2 158.4 4.8 2.9 163.8 158.4 5.4 3.3 162.0 156.8 5.2 3.2
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 349.8 327.3 22.4 6.4 348.2 324.8 23.3 6.7 343.1 320.3 22.8 6.6
Midland 107.1 104.7 2.4 2.2 107.6 105.2 2.4 2.2 106.1 103.8 2.3 2.1
Odessa 86.6 84.1 2.4 2.8 87.2 84.8 2.4 2.8 84.9 82.6 2.3 2.7
San Angelo 55.7 53.9 1.7 3.1 55.8 54.0 1.8 3.3 55.5 53.7 1.8 3.3
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,205.2 1,166.5 38.6 3.2 1,204.9 1,164.8 40.1 3.3 1,185.6 1,144.5 41.1 3.5
Sherman-Denison 64.3 62.2 2.0 3.2 64.5 62.4 2.0 3.2 63.6 61.5 2.1 3.3
Texarkana 64.2 61.4 2.9 4.4 64.8 61.7 3.0 4.7 63.9 60.6 3.3 5.2
Tyler 107.7 104.0 3.7 3.4 108.8 105.0 3.8 3.5 107.3 103.3 4.0 3.7
Victoria 46.1 44.5 1.6 3.5 46.1 44.4 1.7 3.6 46.3 44.6 1.8 3.8
Waco 126.3 121.8 4.4 3.5 126.7 122.0 4.6 3.7 125.2 120.6 4.6 3.7
Wichita Falls 65.6 63.5 2.1 3.2 65.8 63.5 2.3 3.5 65.2 63.0 2.2 3.4
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Aug 2019* Jul 2019 Aug 2018 Jul '19 to Aug '19 Aug '18 to Aug '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,856,100 12,837,900 12,552,600 18,200 0.1 303,500 2.4
Total Private 10,890,400 10,875,600 10,594,600 14,800 0.1 295,800 2.8
Goods Producing 1,952,900 1,951,800 1,877,600 1,100 0.1 75,300 4.0
     Mining and Logging  254,200 256,000 249,500 -1,800 -0.7 4,700 1.9
     Construction 787,400 785,200 743,500 2,200 0.3 43,900 5.9
     Manufacturing 911,300 910,600 884,600 700 0.1 26,700 3.0
Service Providing 10,903,200 10,886,100 10,675,000 17,100 0.2 228,200 2.1
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,535,300 2,533,600 2,488,300 1,700 0.1 47,000 1.9
     Information 201,400 202,400 203,400 -1,000 -0.5 -2,000 -1.0
     Financial Activities 808,300 805,100 780,100 3,200 0.4 28,200 3.6
     Professional and Business Services 1,777,100 1,778,500 1,746,200 -1,400 -0.1 30,900 1.8
    Education and Health Services 1,753,000 1,744,200 1,702,800 8,800 0.5 50,200 2.9
    Leisure and Hospitality 1,409,100 1,407,300 1,362,800 1,800 0.1 46,300 3.4
    Other Services 453,300 452,700 433,400 600 0.1 19,900 4.6
    Government 1,965,700 1,962,300 1,958,000 3,400 0.2 7,700 0.4

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