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Texas Unemployment Rate at 3.5 Percent

Date: January 24, 2020

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

Economy Adds 29,800 Jobs in December

AUSTIN ⎯ In December the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point from 3.4 percent in November 2019. Texas added 29,800 jobs over the month. In 2019, Texas set a record for the lowest unemployment rate since series tracking began in 1976.

 “As we reflect on 2019, it is clear that it was a strong year for the Texas economy thanks to the continued leadership of Gov. Abbott, and the hard work of our Texas workforce and employers,” said TWC Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel.  “Our current economic climate creates opportunities for our skilled workforce and success for employers. We look forward to continued growth in our great state throughout 2020.”  

Texas employers added 342,800 jobs over the year. Total nonfarm annual employment growth was at 2.7 percent in December and has held at or above 2.0 percent since February 2018.

“Our workforce continues to grow and is now 14,188,100 Texans strong,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “My office is committed to ensuring each and every member of our labor force has access to the resources necessary to succeed.” 

Leading monthly job growth in December was the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry adding 11,600 jobs, followed by the Professional and Business Services sector adding 10,500 jobs, and Financial Activities which added 6,700 jobs.

“The addition of 342,800 jobs over the year demonstrates the resilience of our Texas employers and their ability to consistently put more Texans to work,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “Our employers embody the entrepreneurial spirit of the Lone Star State and serve as the backbone of our great economy.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded December’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA at 2.3. The Austin-Round Rock MSAs recorded the third lowest rate at 2.4 percent.

Audio downloads with comments from Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel 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 January is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  December 2019 November 2019 December 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,007.0 158,504.0 5,503.0 3.4 164,386.0 158,945.0 5,441.0 3.3 162,510.0 156,481.0 6,029.0 3.7
Texas 14,228.5 13,758.0 470.4 3.3 14,264.7 13,787.8 476.9 3.3 13,975.4 13,473.6 501.8 3.6
Abilene 77.3 75.2 2.2 2.8 78.1 75.9 2.3 2.9 77.3 74.9 2.4 3.1
Amarillo 132.6 129.5 3.1 2.3 133.2 129.9 3.3 2.5 132.5 129.0 3.4 2.6
Austin-Round Rock 1,235.9 1,205.9 30.0 2.4 1,235.8 1,204.5 31.4 2.5 1,205.5 1,172.4 33.1 2.7
Beaumont-Port Arthur 177.5 167.8 9.6 5.4 178.3 169.0 9.2 5.2 177.1 167.1 10.1 5.7
Brownsville-Harlingen 165.9 156.4 9.5 5.8 165.7 156.8 8.9 5.4 165.4 155.8 9.6 5.8
College Station-Bryan 136.9 133.5 3.4 2.5 138.9 135.3 3.6 2.6 134.8 131.1 3.7 2.7
Corpus Christi 209.8 201.0 8.9 4.2 210.8 202.3 8.5 4.0 209.0 199.6 9.4 4.5
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,054.4 3,936.9 117.5 2.9 4,063.0 3,939.7 123.3 3.0 3,956.1 3,827.2 128.9 3.3
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,749.4 2,670.3 79.1 2.9 2,751.4 2,668.5 82.9 3.0 2,669.6 2,582.4 87.3 3.3
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,305.0 1,266.6 38.5 2.9 1,311.6 1,271.2 40.4 3.1 1,286.5 1,244.8 41.7 3.2
El Paso 366.9 353.7 13.2 3.6 368.5 354.8 13.6 3.7 363.2 348.8 14.4 4.0
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,487.8 3,361.8 126.0 3.6 3,498.8 3,372.5 126.4 3.6 3,423.9 3,289.3 134.6 3.9
Killeen-Temple 180.3 174.2 6.1 3.4 181.5 175.1 6.4 3.5 177.8 170.8 7.0 4.0
Laredo 118.1 113.8 4.3 3.6 119.0 114.8 4.2 3.5 118.0 113.6 4.4 3.7
Longview 96.8 93.2 3.6 3.7 97.5 93.9 3.6 3.7 98.1 94.3 3.8 3.8
Lubbock 164.6 160.5 4.1 2.5 165.8 161.4 4.3 2.6 163.2 158.6 4.6 2.8
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 362.5 337.2 25.3 7.0 358.5 336.6 21.9 6.1 353.2 329.8 23.4 6.6
Midland 107.7 105.5 2.2 2.1 108.4 106.1 2.3 2.1 108.5 106.4 2.1 1.9
Odessa 87.4 84.9 2.5 2.9 87.9 85.4 2.5 2.9 87.2 85.1 2.1 2.4
San Angelo 56.0 54.4 1.6 2.8 56.3 54.7 1.6 2.9 55.9 54.2 1.7 3.1
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,225.8 1,191.6 34.2 2.8 1,228.8 1,192.8 36.0 2.9 1,198.2 1,160.8 37.5 3.1
Sherman-Denison 64.9 63.0 1.9 2.9 65.2 63.3 1.9 2.9 64.1 62.2 1.9 3.0
Texarkana 64.9 62.4 2.5 3.9 65.2 62.6 2.6 3.9 65.2 62.1 3.1 4.8
Tyler 109.1 105.7 3.4 3.1 109.5 106.0 3.5 3.2 108.9 105.1 3.8 3.5
Victoria 46.4 44.9 1.6 3.4 46.7 45.0 1.6 3.5 47.1 45.4 1.6 3.4
Waco 126.6 122.8 3.8 3.0 127.5 123.5 3.9 3.1 125.9 121.8 4.2 3.3
Wichita Falls 65.9 64.0 1.9 2.9 66.2 64.3 1.9 2.9 66.3 64.1 2.1 3.2
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Dec 2019* Nov 2019 Dec 2018 Nov '19 to Dec '19 Dec '18 to Dec '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,976,700 12,946,900 12,633,900 29,800 0.2 342,800 2.7
Total Private 11,005,400 10,975,700 10,676,900 29,700 0.3 328,500 3.1
Goods Producing 1,974,000 1,974,700 1,909,700 -700 0.0 64,300 3.4
     Mining and Logging 246,700 251,500 256,500 -4,800 -1.9 -9,800 -3.8
     Construction 809,500 805,700 753,600 3,800 0.5 55,900 7.4
     Manufacturing 917,800 917,500 899,600 300 0.0 18,200 2.0
Service Providing 11,002,700 10,972,200 10,724,200 30,500 0.3 278,500 2.6
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,559,400 2,547,800 2,509,700 11,600 0.5 49,700 2.0
     Information 201,900 202,300 204,300 -400 -0.2 -2,400 -1.2
     Financial Activities 818,300 811,600 781,500 6,700 0.8 36,800 4.7
     Professional and Business Services 1,803,400 1,792,900 1,745,400 10,500 0.6 58,000 3.3
     Education and Health Services 1,773,100 1,773,300 1,714,800 -200 0.0 58,300 3.4
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,415,600 1,414,500 1,373,100 1,100 0.1 42,500 3.1
     Other Services 459,700 458,600 438,400 1,100 0.2 21,300 4.9
     Government 1,971,300 1,971,200 1,957,000 100 0.0 14,300 0.7

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