Workforce Solutions Alamo released information indicating that Atascosa County had the highest unemployment rate in the 13-county area with a still low 3.8 percent. The news though is still good as January started off with a 4.3 percent unemployment in Atascosa County. In April, Atascosa County saw a record low unemployment rate of three percent. The 13-county area includes Atascosa County, Bandera (3.4%), Bexar (3.3%), Comal (3.2%), Frio (2.8%), Gillespie (2.6%), Guadalupe (3.2%), Karnes (2.7%), Kendall (3.2), Kerr (3.1), Medina(3.3) and Wilson Counties (3.1%). McMullen County registered the lowest unemployment rate among the counties at 2.1 percent. Texas unemployment rate is 3.4 percent.
Texas took the lead in the U.S. for largest job gains of nonfarm payroll employment with (+35,200), followed by Florida (+22,900), and Washington (+13,400). Texas also earned the largest over-the-year increases in the U.S. for nonfarm payroll employment in July with (+323,300), followed by California (+311,800), and Florida (+227,200).
“Texas employers created 293,400 jobs over the past year and the dynamic Texas economy continues to provide competitive advantages to employers across the state,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to focus on the workforce needs of our growing industries and build partnerships that enhance the skills of our world class workforce.”
The Leisure and Hospitality Industry recorded the largest privateindustry gain over the month with 7,000 jobs added. Financial activities expanded by 5,200 jobs and recorded a 3.6 percent annual growth rate—the industry’s highest since August 2013. Professional and Business Services saw an increase of 5,000 jobs in July.
“Texas employers continue to keep our state’s economy strong with private sector employment expanding over the year with overall job-growth of 266,000 including 20,500 jobs added in July,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth Hughs. “Texas is a state that continues to welcome new employers and work with our homegrown businesses, offering them the tools they need to grow and succeed.”
The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a nonseasonally adjusted rate of 3.1 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock and Midland MSAs with a rate of 3.2 percent. The College Station-Bryan and Sherman-Denison MSAs registered a rate of 3.5 percent for July.
“Several goods producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including manufacturing, which expanded by 2,900 jobs in July,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I encourage our labor force to tap into TWC’s training resources like our apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a good-paying career.”
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