Texas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.4 Percent

Date: August 16, 2019

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

Economy Adds 35,200 Jobs in July

AUSTIN ⎯ In July, the Texas economy added 35,200 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.

“It is remarkable and a testament to the strength of our industries that Texas continues to maintain a historic low unemployment rate of 3.4%,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Our economy remains strong as a result of the continuing growth of our Texas employers and our thriving industries.”

Texas employers added 323,300 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.6 percent in July and has held above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

“I am incredibly proud of our robust and ever-growing workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Texas cannot have a record low unemployment rate without talented and skilled workers eager and ready to fill open positions.”

Leading job growth in July was the Leisure and Hospitality industry adding 8,300 jobs in July, followed by the Construction industry adding 6,300 jobs and Education and Health Services which added 6,100 jobs.

“The fact that Texas private-sector employers added 316,600 jobs this year speaks for itself,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “More jobs mean more exciting, rewarding careers for Texans which strengthens our communities and our state.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded July’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo and Odessa MSAs which each recorded at 2.8 for the second lowest rate.

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 August is scheduled to be released on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  July 2019 June 2019 July 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,941.0 158,385.0 6,556.0 4.0 164,120.0 157,828.0 6,292.0 3.8 163,734.0 157,004.0 6,730.0 4.1
Texas 14,066.1 13,542.2 523.9 3.7 14,041.6 13,540.7 500.9 3.6 13,888.0 13,320.6 567.4 4.1
Abilene 76.7 74.2 2.6 3.3 77.0 74.5 2.5 3.2 77.1 74.4 2.7 3.5
Amarillo 131.8 128.1 3.7 2.8 132.4 128.8 3.6 2.7 131.4 127.5 3.9 3.0
Austin-Round Rock 1,217.1 1,182.1 35.0 2.9 1,217.9 1,184.7 33.2 2.7 1,204.3 1,166.7 37.7 3.1
Beaumont-Port Arthur 176.1 165.5 10.6 6.0 176.5 166.7 9.9 5.6 175.3 164.3 11.1 6.3
Brownsville-Harlingen 165.9 156.3 9.7 5.8 165.6 156.3 9.3 5.6 167.6 156.5 11.1 6.6
College Station-Bryan 131.3 127.2 4.1 3.1 130.3 126.3 4.0 3.1 129.8 125.5 4.3 3.3
Corpus Christi 206.5 197.2 9.3 4.5 207.7 198.6 9.1 4.4 209.0 198.2 10.8 5.2
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,005.7 3,868.8 137.0 3.4 3,984.4 3,853.1 131.3 3.3 3,918.7 3,772.5 146.1 3.7
    Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,711.6 2,619.4 92.1 3.4 2,696.0 2,607.6 88.4 3.3 2,644.5 2,545.8 98.8 3.7
    Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,294.1 1,249.3 44.8 3.5 1,288.4 1,245.5 43.0 3.3 1,274.1 1,226.8 47.4 3.7
El Paso 359.4 344.8 14.6 4.1 360.3 346.1 14.2 3.9 358.9 342.8 16.0 4.5
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,449.2 3,312.5 136.7 4.0 3,443.7 3,313.2 130.5 3.8 3,399.3 3,246.2 153.1 4.5
Killeen-Temple 178.8 171.7 7.1 4.0 178.3 171.5 6.9 3.8 175.7 168.1 7.6 4.3
Laredo 117.6 112.9 4.7 4.0 117.9 113.3 4.6 3.9 117.5 112.8 4.7 4.0
Longview 96.8 93.0 3.9 4.0 96.3 92.7 3.6 3.8 97.9 93.8 4.2 4.3
Lubbock 163.8 158.4 5.4 3.3 163.6 158.5 5.2 3.2 162.9 157.2 5.8 3.5
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 349.0 325.7 23.3 6.7 351.7 329.6 22.1 6.3 344.3 320.1 24.2 7.0
Midland 107.5 105.2 2.4 2.2 106.8 104.5 2.2 2.1 107.1 104.8 2.3 2.1
Odessa 87.2 84.7 2.4 2.8 86.3 84.0 2.3 2.6 85.9 83.6 2.4 2.8
San Angelo 55.9 54.0 1.8 3.3 55.9 54.1 1.8 3.1 55.7 53.8 1.9 3.4
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,204.9 1,164.9 40.1 3.3 1,200.8 1,162.6 38.2 3.2 1,196.3 1,154.0 42.2 3.5
Sherman-Denison 64.4 62.4 2.0 3.2 64.2 62.2 2.0 3.1 64.2 62.0 2.2 3.4
Texarkana 64.7 61.7 3.0 4.7 65.4 62.5 2.9 4.4 64.7 61.1 3.6 5.6
Tyler 108.8 105.0 3.8 3.5 108.4 104.7 3.7 3.4 108.2 104.2 4.1 3.8
Victoria 46.0 44.4 1.7 3.6 46.2 44.6 1.6 3.5 46.7 44.9 1.8 3.9
Waco 126.7 122.0 4.6 3.7 126.2 121.7 4.5 3.5 126.5 121.5 5.0 4.0
Wichita Falls 65.8 63.5 2.3 3.5 65.8 63.6 2.2 3.4 65.9 63.5 2.5 3.7
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Jul 2019* Jun 2019 Jul 2018 Jun '19 to Jul '19 Jul '18 to Jul '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,845,900 12,810,700 12,522,600 35,200 0.3 323,300 2.6
Total Private 10,883,500 10,850,100 10,566,900 33,400 0.3 316,600 3.0
Goods Producing 1,952,900 1,946,200 1,868,500 6,700 0.3 84,400 4.5
    Mining and Logging 256,400 259,500 247,600 -3,100 -1.2 8,800 3.6
    Construction 786,500 780,200 738,100 6,300 0.8 48,400 6.6
    Manufacturing 910,000 906,500 882,800 3,500 0.4 27,200 3.1
Service Providing 10,893,000 10,864,500 10,654,100 28,500 0.3 238,900 2.2
    Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,532,800 2,528,500 2,486,400 4,300 0.2 46,400 1.9
    Information 204,000 202,500 204,100 1,500 0.7 -100 0.0
    Financial Activities 804,800 800,200 778,300 4,600 0.6 26,500 3.4
    Professional and Business Services 1,778,000 1,773,500 1,741,700 4,500 0.3 36,300 2.1
    Education and Health Services 1,746,200 1,740,100 1,699,200 6,100 0.4 47,000 2.8
    Leisure and Hospitality 1,412,000 1,403,700 1,357,400 8,300 0.6 54,600 4.0
    Other Services 452,800 455,400 431,300 -2,600 -0.6 21,500 5.0
    Government 1,962,400 1,960,600 1,955,700 1,800 0.1 6,700 0.3

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