Tyler, state outpacing nation on employment

Published on Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:12 - Written by From Staff Reports

The employment rate for the Tyler area last month followed closely with the state’s.

The employment rate here for June was 94.6 percent, down slightly from 94.9 percent in May, but up from 93.1 percent a year ago, according to figures released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Texas’ employment rate last month was 94.5, and the rates for the preceding month and year mirrored Tyler’s figures.

“Our economy continues to offer diverse opportunities to job seekers,” Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “From teachers and health care workers to truck drivers and accountants — Texas is hiring.”

The Texas economy added 19,100 seasonally-adjusted total nonfarm jobs in June, for a total of 371,000 jobs added since June 2013.

Tyler and Texas once again saw better employment rates than the nation.

The country had an employment rate of 93.7 percent in June, compared to 93.9 percent in May and 92.2 percent in June 2013.

“The positive news continues as the Lone Star State’s jobs grew at 3.3 percent annually, with 371,000 jobs added over the last year,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a prepared statement. “Every major industry expanded over the year, with mining and logging leading the way at a 7 percent annual growth rate.”

Seven of the 11 major industries in Texas showed employment increases over the month, led by a rise of 7,700 jobs in trade, transportation and utilities. The industry added 90,400 jobs over the year as its annual growth rate reached 4 percent, the highest in the industry’s recorded history.

Education and health services continued to offer employment opportunities with the addition of 7,400 jobs in June. This industry has gained 52,600 jobs over the past 12 months, bumping its annual growth rate up to 3.6 percent, its highest level since June 2010.

“Texas employers in the professional and business services industry added 5,600 jobs in June, which includes positions in scientific and technical fields,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. “Growth in this industry, and many other industries, demonstrates continued forward momentum for the Texas economy.”

At 97.1 percent, Midland once again had the highest employment rate in the state, while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission continued to have the lowest, at 90.4 percent.