Area employment rate down slightly

Published on Friday, 7 March 2014 23:10 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Tyler area employment rate was 93.9 percent in January.

The latest figures, released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission, are down from the 94.2 percent employment rate seen here in December, but up from the 92.7 percent during the same time a year ago.

The local employment rate was similar to that of the state and nation.

Texas saw an employment rate of 94.2 percent in January, down slightly from 94.4 percent the month before and 93 percent in January 2013.

The employment rate in the U.S. was 93 percent in January, compared to 93.5 percent in December and 91.5 percent the same time a year ago.

“The decline in our state’s unemployment rate and the addition of 33,900 jobs in January are positive signs, and I’m encouraged that the Texas economy has started the year on a strong note,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a statement. “All 11 major industries added jobs over the year, highlighting the favorable economic conditions in Texas for employers and job seekers.”

Most major industries added jobs over the month.

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry added the greatest number of jobs in January, growing by 7,600 positions. The industry also saw the highest amount of positions — 77,300 — added throughout the past 12 months.

“The continued strong monthly job growth among varied industries, like education and health services and trade, transportation and utilities, means opportunities for working Texans and their families,” Commissioner Representing Employers Ronny Congleton said. “I encourage job seekers to tap into the job-search tools available through Texas Workforce Solutions offices statewide.”

The mining and logging industry, which includes oil and gas related jobs, added 3,200 positions in January, for a total of 15,800 jobs during the year and an annual growth rate of 5.6 percent — the highest among the 11 major industries in Texas.

“We’ve seen 293,900 private-sector jobs added here over the last year, for a 3.2 percent annual growth rate,” Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. “I’m excited to see private employers in Texas continuing to grow their investments here.”

Midland continued to have the highest employment rate in January, at 97.1 percent, while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area once again had the lowest rate, at 89.5 percent.