Texas Economy Adds 27,200 Positions in June

The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent.

Total Nonag Annual Employment Growth (Seasonally Adjusted)

“Recognition of Texas as the premier place to do business in the country is reinforced by employers adding another 27,200 jobs in June and an impressive 359,500 jobs over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Broad-based growth across our industries remains solid with ten of eleven industries adding jobs in the dynamic and prolific job creating Texas economy.”

June’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 5.8 percent. Over the month, Mining and Logging added 4,900 jobs, followed by the Construction industry with 2,900 positions, while Manufacturing employment expanded by 2,600 positions.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Professional and Business added 7,300 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for June.  Also within this sector, Education and Health Services added 6,000 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 3,500 positions.

Texas-U.S. CES Seasonally Adjusted Comparison Sheet Annual Growth - June 2018

“Private-sector employment remained strong with Texas employers adding 351,700 jobs over the year and 26,400 jobs added in June,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “TWC is committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

View the Texas Labor Market highlights from Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs:

Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.4 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 3.1 percent. The Austin-Round Rock, and Odessa MSAs recorded the third lowest rate of 3.2 percent for June.

“All Goods Producing industries showed positive employment growth in Texas, including Construction, which expanded by 2,900 jobs in June,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The Texas labor force has continued to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing.”

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.

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Highest % Job Growth-Post Recession

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it’s a natural time to reflect on all the good in our lives. With that in mind, it seems appropriate to talk about the positive job growth seen by many areas in the wake of the Great Recession. And the good news, three of the top 10 are right here in Texas.

“There is a close correlation between the top locations for job growth and the concentration of fast-growing industries in those markets,” said Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO. “Technology hiring is a big contributor for growth in the Bay Area and Raleigh, while Texas cities, Oklahoma and Salt Lake are benefiting from strong oil and gas activity. The rebound in manufacturing helped to land Detroit in the top 10 while healthcare continues to thrive in Phoenix.”

The 10 areas with the highest percent of job growth from 2010 to 2012 are:

  1. San Jose, CA (includes Sunnyvale and Santa Clara) – 63,290 jobs added since 2010, signifying 7% growth
  2. Houston (includes Sugar Land and Baytown) – 165,969 jobs added, up 6%
  3. Austin (includes Round Rock and San Marcos) – 49,131 jobs added, up 6%
  4. Detroit, MI (includes Warren and Livonia) – 92,407 jobs added, up 5%
  5. Salt Lake City, UT – 34,137 jobs added, up 5%
  6. Oklahoma City, OK – 28,992 jobs added, up 5%
  7. Raleigh, NC (includes Cary)– 24,725 jobs added, up 5%
  8. Dallas (includes Forth Worth and Arlington) – 128,644 jobs added, up 4%
  9. San Francisco, CA (includes Oakland and Fremont) – 84,014 jobs added, up 4%
  10. Phoenix, AZ (includes Mesa and Glendale) – 81,606 jobs added, up 4%

And just for grins, following is a list of specific industries where percent of job growth has increased by double digits from 2010 to 2012:

  1.  Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals – 28,333 jobs added since 2010, signifying 30% growth
  2. Drilling Oil and Gas Wells – 21,970 jobs added, up 29%
  3. Electronic Shopping – 25,327 jobs added, up 23%
  4. Crude Petroleum and Natural Gas Extraction – 32,715 jobs added, up 21%
  5. Temporary Help Services – 438,116 jobs added, up 21%
  6. Machine Shops – 44,754 jobs added, up 18%
  7. Marketing Consulting Services – 27,113 jobs added, up 13%
  8. Computer Systems Design Services – 88,740 jobs added, up 12%
  9. Specialized Freight (except used goods) Trucking, Local – 22,936 jobs added, up 11%
  10. Home Health Care Services – 116,360 jobs added, up 10%

Understanding The Available Labor Pool

Are you an employer considering relocating your operation in Texas? Are you opening yet another location? Are you opening your very first location? Regardless of the reason, if you’re wondering about the level and amount of potential talent in a particular type of job and area of the state, we can help.

In a cooperative effort between WorkInTexas.com and the TWC Labor Market and Career Information department, we have developed a tool to help current and prospective employers better gauge the potential labor pool available to them. Using the WorkInTexas.com database of job seekers as the basis, this tool not only shows you how many people have a certain skill set in a given region of the state, but it also lets you view their resumes to see their skills and qualifications. And, if you find some you like, it will allow you to get their contact information and reach out to them, right then and there.

The tool is called the Labor Availability Estimator and can be found on the Texas Industry Profiles website under the Workforce Supply tab. To use it, click Begin Here, select a search option (we suggest Keyword Search), enter a term, and click Search. This will give you a list of industries to which your search term is related. Next, click the Availability link on the right, select a location (specific or statewide), and click Continue.

Don’t let the details on the results page scare you, it’s pretty simple. On the right is a list of job titles that include some amount of the skills you just searched on, from most to least. Choose the one closest to the labor pool you’re seeking. The number shown in the TWC Appl. Trans. column represents how many people available to you via WorkInTexas.com are interested in that type of work. And if you want to view their resumes, simply click on that number and there you go.

Good luck, and as always, if you have questions or problems please contact a workforce professional near you.

Answering Job Trend Questions

One of the common themes you’ll find throughout this blog is a firm belief that an informed job seeker is a much better job seeker. The more you understand about what you’re facing, the more likely you are to set reasonable personal expectations and better cope with daily job search frustrations.

To that end, we talk a lot about how job seekers can become and stay informed about the job market, and some of the most common questions we get are about trends in it: What jobs are coming; what jobs are going; where are the most opportunities; what jobs pay the most, etc.

The good folks in our Labor Market and Career Information department have a number of tools that provide a ton of data on these topics, but there’s one in particular for job seekers I’d like to call out. 

TexasCARES is a website that lets you explore job opportunities based on your interests and work values, match characteristics of your most recent job with other similar jobs, and find specific job trend and related information. And the cool part, the site links to WorkInTexas.com so you can see actual open jobs, posted in WorkInTexas.com, in the career field you’re researching or interested in. 

Below is a list of job trend questions that TexasCARES can help answer, and instructions to help you quickly navigate the pages to get to the jobs themselves.

Click one of the links below, then select an Occupation title (you may have to select twice if there’s more than one), then click TX Openings in the lower right hand corner, and that will take you to the list of jobs.