Workforce Solutions Alamo released information indicating that the Atascosa County unemployment rate increased to 7.0 percent in June, up from 6.3 percent reported in May.
Atascosa County’s unemployment rate registered higher than the overall jobless rate of 6.6 percent for the 12-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties. Gillespie County registered the lowest unemployment rate in June amongst the counties at 4.4 percent and Karnes County registered the highest rate at 7.3 percent. Bexar, LaSalle, McMullen and Live Oak counties rates are included in the accompanying graphic.
Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo metro area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 6.9 percent in June, up from 6.5 percent in May. The nation’s unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 7.8 percent in June, up from 7.3 percent reported in May.
Comparatively, the state and nation release seasonally adjusted unemployment rates with Texas holding steady at 6.5 percent in June, and the nation’s unemployment rate holding at 7.6 percent, the same rates reported for May.
Texas Workforce Commission
The Texas economy added 5,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in June for a total of 303,000 jobs added since June 2012. “Economic growth in Texas has proven to be diverse, consistent, and long-term,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The annual job growth across all industries continues to provide opportunity for Texas job seekers.”
Over the month, seven of the 11 major industries in Texas saw positive growth. Leading the way was Leisure and Hospitality, which posted over-the-month growth for the fifth time in six months and added 4,600 jobs. That industry has added 55,600 jobs over the last year for a 5.1 percent annual growth rate.
“Our economy continues to offer numerous opportunities to job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “We encourage those looking for work in Texas to visit a local Workforce Solutions office for help finding the right job for them.”
Professional and Business Services employment expanded for a fifth consecutive month with the addition of 3,100 jobs in June. The industry has had an annual growth rate at or above 4.0 percent for five straight months. Additionally, Financial Activities, Information, Manufacturing, and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities all saw positive job growth in June.
“With an annual growth rate at or above three percent since April 2011, Texas’ private employers continue to play an important role in our state’s expanding job market,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest June unemployment rate in the state at 3.7 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 4.5 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 5.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted).
Audio downloads from TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar on the latest labor market data are available at: www.texasworkforce.org/news/press/2013/ press-releases-2013. ml#pressReleaseAudio.