Tyler employment slips a little

Published on Friday, 21 June 2013 22:52 - Written by BY CASEY MURPHY cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

The employment rate for the Tyler area in May slumped slightly after rising for three straight months.

Last month’s 93.4 percent was down from the 93.8 percent employment rate seen in April, which followed a 93.6 percent rate in March and 93.4 percent in February, according to the latest figures released Friday from the Texas Workforce Commission.

May’s employment rate was a small increase from the 93.1 percent seen in the area a year ago.

The reduction in the area’s employment rate last month shadowed trends in the state and nation.

The state’s May employment rate came in at 93.5 percent, down from 93.9 percent the month before, but up from 93.2 percent the year before.

The country’s employment rate was 92.7 percent. That’s also a decrease from the 92.9 percent rate seen in April, and up from 92.1 percent in May 2012.

“I’m encouraged that Texas jobseekers continue to find work,” Texas Workforce Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Despite the slight increase in the unemployment rate in May, Texas civilian labor force, the second largest in the nation, continues to grow, and that’s a positive sign.”

Over the month, nine of the 11 major industries in Texas saw positive growth, led by education and health services, which added 5,000 jobs in May. That field added 44,100 jobs over the last year for a 3 percent annual growth rate.

“The addition of 324,700 jobs over the past year, with private-sector employers adding 299,800 during this period, is good news for Texas,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a statement.

Construction remained the fastest growing major industry in the state, based on a 6.7 percent annual growth rate. The field has added 39,200 positions throughout the year. The professional and business services industry expanded by 4,600 jobs during the month and added 59,500 jobs throughout the year for a 4.2 percent annual growth rate.

“The consistency of Texas’ economic growth over the year is due to the entrepreneurial spirit of our employers and our skilled workforce,” Workforce Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said.

At 96.6 percent, Midland once again had the highest employment rate in the state, while at 89.1 percent, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the lowest rate.

Alcantar invited Texas employers and job seekers to visit www.texasworkforce.org to learn about the resources and opportunities available.