Job Trends In Texas (Part 2)

News last week from the Texas Workforce Commission shows that the unemployment rate in Texas dropped to 7.8%, the lowest rate the state has seen since July 2009. And even better news is that Texas has now experienced positive job growth for the last 20 consecutive months, with annual growth rates at or above 2% for the last seven months. All good news for Texans, especially those who are unemployed. And again, this state jobs report got us thinking about job trends in Texas, though from a bit different angle.  

Last time we talked about the top eight most frequently posted jobs found in, but in no particular order. This time, we looked at the top 10 most frequently posted jobs found in, in rank order (1-10), and compared that to the top 10 most frequently posted jobs on any website (where the jobsite was in Texas), in rank order. The idea being to try and understand what employers come to the Texas workforce system for versus what they go to the universe for. The results are interesting. Below is a comparison of those two lists, with the overall percent of jobs each category represents.

This is not to say that can’t help with any type of job search; it can. As you can see the top 10 makes up about 75% of the total jobs posted, but when you’re talking 100,000+ total jobs, that’s still 25,000 other jobs not accounted for above (the top 10 for anywhere on the web makes up about 87%).  But, understanding what online job search tools can offer you and which might be a better fit for your needs is key to finding a job or recruiting for one.  The more you know, the more efficient you’ll be and the less likely you are to be disappointed in the results you get from those tools.

2 thoughts on “Job Trends In Texas (Part 2)

  1. Older Unemployed Worker March 1, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Low unemployment rates in Texas since 2009? I do not think that is accurate! What is not being taken in to account is that most people have RUN OUT of benefits and can no longer claim unemployment so those people are not being counted any longer. These long term unemployed, mostly the older working population need help, but at least we need to be counted.


  2. Scott Eychner March 6, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    You’re right, the Unemployment Rate methodology doesn’t account for UI benefit exhaustees or other ‘discouraged’ workers. But, keep in mind, unemployment rates are only one indicator for the current economic climate. And, even though the rate doesn’t account for those folks, we (TWC) know they’re out there and we’re doing our best to make sure they know there is always help available at any Workforce Solutions office.


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