Texas Economy Adds 23,500 Positions in July

The Texas economy added 23,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July, which marked 25 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 377,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 3.1 percent.

TWC July Texas Labor Data showing 23,500 jobs added and 4.0 percent unemployment

“Private-sector employers continue to boost the Texas economy adding another 25,900 jobs in July and 372,700 jobs over the year, said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Thanks to the innovation and expansion by employers in a wide range of industries, Texans continue to be offered more opportunities to demonstrate their first-class skills and start a career in the nation’s #1 state for business.”

July’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.2 percent. Over the month, Construction led all major industries, adding 10,500 jobs.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 7,500 positions over the month.  Also within this sector, Education and Health Services added 6,400 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 5,700 positions.

TWC July Texas Labor Data jobs growth by industries: 7,500 in trade, transportation and utilities, 6,400 in education and health services and 5,700 in leisure and hospitality.

“The Texas labor force continues to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC is continually committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

View the July 2018 Texas Labor Market Highlights from TWC Labor Commissioner Julian Alvarez:

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo and Odessa MSAs with a rate of 2.9 percent, each. The Austin-Round Rock MSA recorded the fourth lowest rate of 3.1 percent for July.

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.

To see the full July Texas Labor Market release, please visit the TWC website.

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Workforce Month

September is quite a month in the world of Workforce Development. Not only does it begin with a holiday celebrating the working individual, but it has also been designated by the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) as Workforce Development Month.

Labor Day

There is no debate as to why, on the first Monday in September, the nation pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers. The message of Labor Day has been the same since it began, informally in 1882, and officially as a federal holiday in 1894: the great American worker is what makes America great!

However, there is an ongoing debate about who first proposed the holiday. All agree it was Mr. McGuire, but which one is the real question (no, it wasn’t Jerry).

In 1882, Matthew Maguire, a machinist from New Jersey, is said to have first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union of New York. Others argue it was first proposed by Peter McGuire, a carpenter from New York and member of the American Federation of Labor, also in 1882, after attending an annual labor festival in Toronto. In the end it doesn’t matter. Both were hard-working men who well represented what the holiday was all about.

Workforce Development Month

This designation is intended to honor all those workforce professionals who play such a vital role in our nation’s economic recovery efforts. Additionally, NAWB hopes this call for recognition will strike a chord with businesses, educational agencies, economic development organizations, labor unions, customers and even political leadership, all of whom benefit from workforce development services across the country. Here’s to you all!

For more information about Workforce Development Month, read this.