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Six Historic Months: Texas Maintains Record Low Unemployment Rate of 3.4 Percent in November 2019

Date: December 20, 2019

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

Unemployment Rate Holds at 3.4 Percent as Economy Adds 37,500 Jobs

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent in November 2019. This marks the sixth consecutive month of record low unemployment in the state starting in June 2019. It is the lowest unemployment rate since series tracking began in 1976.

“Six months with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate is a tribute to hard-working Texans statewide,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel. “As 2019 comes to a close, we will continue to implement innovative solutions to enhance worker training and allow continued growth for businesses in the new year.”

Texas employers added 336,700 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.7 percent in November and has held at or above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

“Texas added 35,200 private sector jobs over the last month, marking 115 months of consecutive growth for our great state,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We’re putting people to work, including individuals with disabilities, transitioning foster youth and our military veterans. This is what Texas does best”.

Leading job growth in November was Education and Health Services with 10,200 jobs added, followed by the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry adding 8,000 jobs, and Manufacturing which added 6,300 jobs.

“Eight major industries added jobs in Texas over the last month,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Texas employers are the backbone of the state’s ever-growing economy and TWC is dedicated to ensuring they have the support they need to grow.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded November’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock MSAs each with an adjusted rate of 2.5 percent. The College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs each recorded the third lowest rate at 2.6 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 December is scheduled to be released on Friday, January 24, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  November 2019 October 2019 November 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,386.0 158,945.0 5,441.0 3.3 164,576.0 159,067.0 5,510.0 3.3 162,665.0 157,015.0 5,650.0 3.5
Texas 14,265.6 13,788.5 477.0 3.3 14,190.8 13,723.1 467.7 3.3 13,961.9 13,476.0 486.0 3.5
Abilene 78.0 75.8 2.3 2.9 77.6 75.4 2.2 2.9 77.3 74.9 2.4 3.0
Amarillo 133.4 130.1 3.3 2.5 133.0 129.7 3.2 2.4 132.7 129.3 3.4 2.6
Austin-Round Rock 1,234.8 1,203.4 31.4 2.5 1,230.5 1,199.1 31.4 2.6 1,207.1 1,174.2 32.9 2.7
Beaumont-Port Arthur 177.9 168.7 9.2 5.2 178.2 169.3 8.8 5.0 176.8 167.7 9.2 5.2
Brownsville-Harlingen 165.6 156.7 8.9 5.4 164.7 156.2 8.5 5.1 164.7 155.9 8.8 5.3
College Station-Bryan 139.2 135.6 3.6 2.6 138.8 135.2 3.6 2.6 136.4 132.8 3.6 2.6
Corpus Christi 210.6 202.1 8.5 4.0 209.9 201.7 8.2 3.9 209.0 200.1 8.9 4.3
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,061.7 3,938.4 123.3 3.0 4,030.4 3,906.6 123.8 3.1 3,948.4 3,821.8 126.6 3.2
Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,751.1 2,668.2 82.9 3.0 2,732.1 2,649.6 82.5 3.0 2,665.5 2,579.9 85.6 3.2
Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,310.6 1,270.2 40.4 3.1 1,298.3 1,256.9 41.4 3.2 1,282.9 1,241.9 41.0 3.2
El Paso 368.9 355.2 13.6 3.7 365.9 352.3 13.5 3.7 362.7 348.7 14.0 3.9
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,500.1 3,373.7 126.4 3.6 3,476.4 3,353.4 123.0 3.5 3,420.6 3,290.1 130.5 3.8
Killeen-Temple 181.6 175.2 6.4 3.5 180.1 173.8 6.3 3.5 177.5 170.7 6.8 3.9
Laredo 118.9 114.7 4.2 3.5 118.1 114.1 4.0 3.4 117.3 113.3 4.0 3.4
Longview 97.6 94.0 3.6 3.7 97.5 94.0 3.5 3.6 98.5 94.8 3.7 3.7
Lubbock 165.7 161.4 4.3 2.6 165.3 160.9 4.4 2.6 163.4 158.9 4.5 2.7
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 358.4 336.5 21.9 6.1 355.6 335.8 19.8 5.6 349.0 328.7 20.3 5.8
Midland 108.5 106.1 2.3 2.1 108.0 105.8 2.2 2.1 107.7 105.7 2.1 1.9
Odessa 87.9 85.3 2.5 2.9 87.7 85.4 2.4 2.7 86.9 84.9 2.0 2.4
San Angelo 56.3 54.6 1.6 2.9 56.2 54.6 1.6 2.9 56.1 54.4 1.7 3.0
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,230.3 1,194.4 36.0 2.9 1,226.4 1,190.8 35.7 2.9 1,196.8 1,160.0 36.8 3.1
Sherman-Denison 65.2 63.3 1.9 2.9 64.9 63.0 1.9 2.9 64.3 62.4 1.9 3.0
Texarkana 65.2 62.6 2.6 3.9 65.0 62.4 2.6 4.0 65.4 62.3 3.1 4.7
Tyler 109.5 106.0 3.5 3.2 108.9 105.5 3.4 3.1 108.8 105.1 3.7 3.4
Victoria 46.7 45.0 1.6 3.5 46.3 44.8 1.5 3.3 47.1 45.4 1.6 3.4
Waco 127.3 123.4 3.9 3.1 126.5 122.6 3.9 3.1 126.0 121.9 4.1 3.3
Wichita Falls 66.2 64.3 1.9 2.9 65.9 64.0 1.9 2.9 66.1 64.0 2.1 3.1
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Nov 2019* Oct 2019 Nov 2018 Oct '19 to Nov '19 Nov '18 to Nov '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,951,400  12,913,900  12,614,700  37,500  0.3    336,700  2.7     
Total Private 10,979,900  10,944,700  10,658,800  35,200  0.3    321,100  3.0     
Goods Producing 1,976,100  1,964,600  1,898,300  11,500  0.6    77,800  4.1     
     Mining and Logging 254,900  255,500  254,800  -600  -0.2    100  0.0     
     Construction 804,000  798,200  748,000  5,800  0.7    56,000  7.5     
     Manufacturing 917,200  910,900  895,500  6,300  0.7    21,700  2.4     
Service Providing 10,975,300  10,949,300  10,716,400  26,000  0.2    258,900  2.4     
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,544,900  2,536,900  2,511,200  8,000  0.3    33,700  1.3     
     Information 202,100  202,800  205,200  -700  -0.3    -3,100  -1.5     
     Financial Activities 811,200  809,400  781,700  1,800  0.2    29,500  3.8     
     Professional and Business Services 1,795,000  1,795,400  1,748,100  -400  0.0    46,900  2.7     
     Education and Health Services 1,775,900  1,765,700  1,710,700  10,200  0.6    65,200  3.8     
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,416,900  1,415,700  1,366,200  1,200  0.1    50,700  3.7     
     Other Services 457,800  454,200  437,400  3,600  0.8    20,400  4.7     
     Government 1,971,500  1,969,200  1,955,900  2,300  0.1    15,600  0.8     

 

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