The Tyler area saw an uptick in the employment rate in July.
Tyler’s rate continues to be about on par with the state’s but stronger than the country’s.
“The Texas labor market continues to offer a wide variety of opportunities to the state’s growing labor force, which now stands at 12.6 million workers and job seekers,” Commissioner Representing Labor, Ronny Congleton, said in a prepared statement. “Our state holds the best promise of finding a job and achieving success. Unemployment is down in Texas over the year, and it’s good to see that the manufacturing industry has grown by more than 19,000 jobs over the last year.”
The employment rate in Texas last month was 92.5 percent, up from 91.6 percent in June and 91.5 percent in July 2011.
The nation’s employment rate for July was 91.4 percent, a slight decline from 91.6 percent the month before and 91.5 the year before.
“It’s no secret that Texas’ sustained growth over the last two years has come from the strength of our private sector, which has grown by 258,500 jobs over the past year,” Commissioner Representing Employers, Tom Pauken, said. “Private-sector employment in Texas has grown by 3 percent over the past year, compared to just 1.8 percent growth nationally.”
In July, the Texas private sector gained 9,100 jobs, and nine out of 10 private industries in the state have reported positive gains since July 2011.
The Texas economy added 17,800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July, marking two years of continuous job growth in Texas, the commission reported. Since last year, the state has added 222,500 total nonfarm jobs.
“I am pleased that our state’s economy has been able to show consistent growth across a variety of industries in recent years,” Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “Over the last two years, the Texas economy has added 457,700 total nonfarm jobs.”
Employers in professional and business services added 8,500 positions last month and has expanded by 48,800 jobs, or a 3.7 percent growth rate, from the same time last year.
At 95.8 percent, Midland once again had the best employment rate in the state in July, while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the lowest, at 87.7 percent.
Alcantar encouraged those seeking employment to visit WorkInTexas.com to seize the opportunities that are being created in the state.