Tyler's employment rate at 94.6 percent for March, up slightly from February

Published on Monday, 21 April 2014 22:07 - Written by Casey Murphy, cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

The employment rate for the Tyler area was 94.6 percent last month, compared to 93.9 percent in February.

Rocky Gill, franchisee of Express Employment Professionals in Tyler, said the number of people they placed in jobs in Tyler/Smith County in March increased by 9.12 percent over February. And in the first two weeks of April, the number of people working is more than 15 percent over February, he added.

“The staffing industry is often thought of as a bellwether for the employment situation for the general economy,” Gill said.

Overall in Tyler, March’s workforce was up from 93.6 percent here a year ago, according to the latest figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Nationally, the entire staffing industry is seeing a 6 percent increase in business, Gill said.

The nation saw an employment rate of 93.2 percent last month, a slight increase from 93 percent in February and 92.4 percent in March 2013.

Texas’ employment rate for March was 94.7 percent, compared to 94.1 percent the month before and 93.7 percent the year before.

“The Texas economy continues to move in the right direction with Texas employers adding 310,000 jobs over the year,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a statement. “All 11 of the major industries experienced annual job growth, with five industries exceeding growth rates of 3 percent.”

Employers added 9,100 jobs in March in Texas, for a total of 310,000 jobs added over the year. The annual growth rate for total nonagricultural employment has remained at or above 2.6 percent since January 2012.

“Many industries in Texas continue to post impressive annual growth, including trade, transportation, and utilities, which added 73,400 jobs over the last year,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Texas job seekers looking to tap into careers in this and other thriving industries should take advantage of the training opportunities provided through Workforce Solutions and our education partners.”

Professional and business services added 5,600 jobs in March, more than any other.

The Information field added 2,300 jobs last month. With 2,400 positions added in the first quarter of 2014, it was the best start to a year for that industry since 2000. The industry grew by 3.2 percent over the year and added 6,400 jobs.

“In Texas, we acknowledge that it is our employers, both small and large, that are the economic engine of this great state,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. “Private employers added 278,400 total jobs over the last year for an annual growth rate of 3 percent.”

At 97.3 percent, the Midland area once again was at the top of the list for employment in the state, while McAllen-Edinburg-Mission remained at the bottom, with a 90.6 percent employment rate.