Tyler keeps pace with state at 94.5 percent employment

Published on Saturday, 16 August 2014 00:09 - Written by Casey Murphy cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

Employment for the Tyler area was 94.5 percent in July, staying on track with the state.

Last month’s local employment rate was a slight decline from the 94.6 percent seen here in June, but a jump from 93.3 percent a year ago, according to figures released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

“The only thing hotter than a Texas summer is Texas job growth, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in July,” Gov. Rick Perry said in a prepared statement. “Every major industry in Texas added jobs, meaning the diversity of our workforce is strong with opportunities for employers to hire good workers, and for workers to find jobs enabling them to meet the needs of their families.”

Texas’ employment rate in July was 94.4 percent, down from 94.5 percent the month before but up from the 93.3 percent in July 2013.

The Texas economy added 46,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs last month.

“Texas employers continue to propel the Texas economy’s expansion by adding 396,200 jobs over the last year, a 3.5 percent annual growth rate,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a prepared statement. “The Texas economic engine is strong, with every major industry posting positive annual growth in July.”

The country experienced an employment rate of 93.5 percent last month, compared to 93.7 percent in June and 92.3 percent during the same time last year.

Express Employment Professionals, one of the largest franchised staffing companies in North America, reported that through the first six months of 2014, it put an average of 5,370 new people to work each week, up from an average of 2,509 in 2009.

“From the depths of The Great Recession, we have doubled the number of new people being hired,” Bob Funk, Express Employment Professionals chief executive officer and chairman of the board, said in a prepared statement. “The company is on track to employ more than 450,000 people by the end of the year.”

The Express Employment office in Tyler has also seen a “tremendous uptick in local hiring activity in 2014,” local franchisee Rocky Gill said. “Our office will celebrate its 19th anniversary in November, and we are at all-time highs in business.”

All of the major industries in Texas grew their workforces over the month. Professional and business services led the way, adding 10,600 jobs in July. Over the year, this industry has grown by 72,300 jobs for an annual growth rate of 5 percent, which is the second highest annual growth rate among all major industries in Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reported.

“The Professional and Business Services industry is thriving, with opportunities that range from legal advice and representation to security guards to landscaping,” TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said. “Industries across the board are hiring, and that is good news for job seekers in Texas. I encourage Texans looking for new opportunities to explore industries expanding in their area by accessing services at their local Workforce Solutions office.”

Eight of 11 major industries reported annual growth rates higher than 3 percent, including professional and business services; trade, transportation and utilities; mining and logging; and construction.

“Private employers added 42,400 jobs in July, which shows their vital role in the Lone Star State’s economy,” TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. “Mining and Logging posted an annual growth rate of 7.8 percent in July, which marked the 51st consecutive month of positive annual growth and underscored the industry’s role in the state’s overall economic success.”

Midland had the highest employment rate in Texas, at 97.1 percent, while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area remained at the bottom, at 90.1 percent.