Texas’ unemployment rate remains at historic low 3.7. percent

29 consecutive months of employment growth

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment was 3.7 percent in November, remaining at the same historic 42-year low it was in October.

The Texas economy added 14,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November. Annual employment growth for Texas was 3.0 percent in November, marking 103 consecutive months of annual growth.

“The addition of 365,400 jobs over the year and 14,000 jobs in November demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas economy offers employers access to a competitive workforce and provides job seekers with career options in a variety of growing Texas industries. The numbers are a testament to the resilience of our Texas employers and the diversity of our Texas economy.”

The Manufacturing Industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 9,100 jobs added and led all industries in growth.

In Texas’ private Service Providing sector, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 8,900 positions in November. Also within this sector, Professional and Business Services added 1,800 followed by Information, which added 1,000 positions.

“Employment demand continues to be high in well-paying industries such as Manufacturing, Construction, and Mining and Logging,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I encourage career exploration in these and other industries that are growing in Texas. TWC’s labor market information tools and products are designed to inform, prepare and advance our Texas workforce. Visit a Workforce Solutions Office to find out more about the latest employment opportunities available.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.5 percent. The Odessa MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 2.6 percent.

“We have much to be proud of in Texas as we enter the holidays celebrating another month of record-low unemployment and sustained job growth,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “While we reflect thankfully on the contributions from employers and individuals who made this tremendous record of success possible, we remain steadfastly committed to fostering continued job creation through economic development strategies and collaborative efforts to provide opportunities for all Texans to enjoy self-sufficiency and prosperity.”

Audio downloads with comments from Chair Hughs 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 tracer2.com.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for November is scheduled to be released on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)

November 2018
October 2018
November 2017

C.L.F.
Emp.
Unemp.
Rate
C.L.F.
Emp.
Unemp.
Rate
C.L.F.
Emp.
Unemp.
Rate

United States
162,665.0
157,015.0
5,650.0
3.5
162,723.0
156,952.0
5,771.0
3.5
160,466.0
154,180.0
6,286.0
3.9

Texas
13,936.9
13,454.3
482.6
3.5
13,866.8
13,388.2
478.7
3.5
13,613.8
13,098.3
515.5
3.8

Abilene
77.3
74.9
2.4
3.1
76.9
74.5
2.4
3.1
76.1
73.6
2.5
3.3

Amarillo
134.1
130.7
3.4
2.5
133.6
130.2
3.4
2.5
131.6
128.2
3.5
2.6

Austin-Round Rock
1,204.6
1,172.2
32.4
2.7
1,198.3
1,166.0
32.4
2.7
1,166.2
1,133.6
32.7
2.8

Beaumont-Port Arthur
171.9
162.7
9.1
5.3
171.9
162.9
8.9
5.2
174.0
162.6
11.4
6.6

Brownsville-Harlingen
166.4
157.6
8.8
5.3
165.1
156.6
8.5
5.2
164.1
154.4
9.7
5.9

College Station-Bryan
136.0
132.4
3.6
2.7
135.6
132.0
3.6
2.7
133.2
129.5
3.7
2.8

Corpus Christi
209.1
200.1
9.0
4.3
207.4
198.5
8.8
4.3
206.9
195.5
11.4
5.5

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
3,943.4
3,818.5
125.0
3.2
3,925.6
3,800.7
124.9
3.2
3,841.7
3,716.9
124.8
3.2

Dallas-Plano-Irving MD
2,671.8
2,587.4
84.4
3.2
2,658.3
2,573.8
84.5
3.2
2,598.2
2,514.2
84.0
3.2

Fort Worth-Arlington MD
1,271.6
1,231.0
40.6
3.2
1,267.3
1,226.9
40.4
3.2
1,243.5
1,202.7
40.8
3.3

El Paso
362.8
348.7
14.1
3.9
362.2
348.1
14.1
3.9
356.5
341.8
14.8
4.1

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land
3,442.6
3,313.0
129.6
3.8
3,422.1
3,293.3
128.7
3.8
3,340.2
3,192.9
147.3
4.4

Killeen-Temple
179.9
173.1
6.8
3.8
178.7
171.9
6.8
3.8
175.5
168.8
6.7
3.8

Laredo
115.7
111.6
4.0
3.5
114.8
110.8
4.0
3.5
114.9
110.9
4.0
3.5

Longview
98.2
94.5
3.7
3.8
97.6
93.9
3.7
3.8
97.2
93.1
4.2
4.3

Lubbock
165.9
161.4
4.5
2.7
165.4
160.9
4.5
2.7
161.8
157.3
4.5
2.8

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
345.7
325.6
20.1
5.8
342.1
323.5
18.6
5.4
341.0
319.3
21.6
6.3

Midland
99.7
97.7
2.1
2.1
100.3
98.2
2.1
2.1
94.7
92.4
2.3
2.4

Odessa
80.5
78.5
2.1
2.6
80.8
78.8
2.0
2.5
79.6
77.0
2.6
3.2

San Angelo
56.0
54.3
1.7
3.0
55.7
54.1
1.7
3.0
54.8
53.1
1.7
3.1

San Antonio-New Braunfels
1,188.5
1,151.9
36.5
3.1
1,178.9
1,142.5
36.4
3.1
1,171.1
1,134.2
36.8
3.1

Sherman-Denison
64.3
62.4
1.9
3.0
63.8
61.9
1.9
3.0
62.2
60.2
1.9
3.1

Texarkana
65.5
62.4
3.1
4.7
65.3
62.2
3.1
4.8
64.8
62.2
2.6
4.0

Tyler
110.4
106.7
3.7
3.4
109.9
106.1
3.7
3.4
106.4
102.6
3.8
3.6

Victoria
45.3
43.6
1.6
3.6
44.9
43.3
1.6
3.5
45.9
43.9
2.0
4.3

Waco
126.1
122.0
4.1
3.2
125.3
121.2
4.0
3.2
124.1
119.8
4.4
3.5

Wichita Falls
65.7
63.6
2.1
3.1
65.3
63.3
2.0
3.1
64.7
62.6
2.1
3.3

Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted

INDUSTRY TITLE
Nov 2018*
Oct 2018
Nov 2017
Oct ’18 to Nov ’18
Nov ’17 to Nov ’18

Absolute Change
Percent Change
Absolute Change
Percent Change

Total Nonagricultural
12,703,400
12,689,400
12,338,000
14,000
0.1
365,400
3.0

Total Private
10,760,900
10,748,900
10,397,200
12,000
0.1
363,700
3.5

Goods Producing
1,934,400
1,921,300
1,814,100
13,100
0.7
120,300
6.6

Mining and Logging
267,000
265,700
229,800
1,300
0.5
37,200
16.2

Construction
774,200
771,500
727,100
2,700
0.3
47,100
6.5

Manufacturing
893,200
884,100
857,200
9,100
1.0
36,000
4.2

Service Providing
10,769,000
10,768,100
10,523,900
900
0.0
245,100
2.3

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
2,548,100
2,539,200
2,470,400
8,900
0.4
77,700
3.1

Information
197,000
196,000
199,800
1,000
0.5
-2,800
-1.4

Financial Activities
784,400
784,800
765,500
-400
-0.1
18,900
2.5

Professional and Business Services
1,767,800
1,766,000
1,689,200
1,800
0.1
78,600
4.7

Education and Health Services
1,714,500
1,716,300
1,674,000
-1,800
-0.1
40,500
2.4

Leisure and Hospitality
1,375,600
1,384,200
1,355,200
-8,600
-0.6
20,400
1.5

Other Services
439,100
441,100
429,000
-2,000
-0.5
10,100
2.4

Government
1,942,500
1,940,500
1,940,800
2,000
0.1
1,700
0.1

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