Texas employers add 12,900 jobs in June

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:34pm

The Texas economy added 12,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in June, from 6.9 percent in May, and down from 8.1 percent a year ago. Texas remains well below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

“For nearly two years, employers in Texas have expanded their payrolls and kept the economic engine of Texas moving forward,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Since last year, the Texas economy has added more than 282,000 private sector jobs.”

Several industries in Texas added jobs in June, led by Construction, which expanded by 9,600 jobs. The Construction industry has posted annual gains for six consecutive months. The industry has added 24,400 jobs over the year for a 4.4 percent annual growth rate. The Other Services industry, which includes employment in equipment and machinery repair, personal care services, and social and civic organizations, gained 4,900 positions in June. The Other Services sector has seen a 4.9 percent annual growth rate over the past year.

“Texas’ labor force continues to grow, and is at an all-time high of nearly 13 million workers and job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “People are flocking to Texas in search of jobs that employers are creating at a better rate than most other states. Those seeking employment should visit WorkInTexas.com to discover the diverse opportunities for work available here in Texas.”

Employment in Education and Health Services showed positive gains as the industry grew by 3,400 jobs in June. This industry has experienced an increase of 46,800 jobs over the last year for an annual growth rate of 3.3 percent.

Employers in the Financial Activities industry expanded their payrolls by 2,900 jobs in June. Financial Activities jobs have grown by 16,700 over the past year.

“Growth in June brought the number of private sector jobs in Texas to more than nine million,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Tom Pauken. “Our state’s private sector has grown at a rate of 3.2 percent over the last year, compared to the national private sector’s annual growth rate of just 1.8 percent.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest June unemployment rate in the state at 4.3 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 4.9 percent, and the Amarillo MSA third at 5.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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