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A M ONTHLY N EWSLETTER

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Texas Nonagricultural Wage & Salary
Employment (Seasonally Adjusted) . . . . . . . . . . 1
Texas & U.S. Unemployment Rates . . . . . . . . . 2
Texas Nonagricultural Wage & Salary
Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) . . . . . . 3
MSA Nonagricultural Wage & Salary
Employment (Not Seasonally Adjusted) . . . . . . 5
Highlights of the Texas Labor Force . . . . . . . . . 10
County Unemployment Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
City & WDA Unemployment Rates . . . . . . . . . 13
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Happenings Around the State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
(Seasonally Adjusted)

T

otal Nonagricultural Employment in Texas added to a revised increase
of 29,000 jobs in August with an estimated gain of 21,000 positions in
September, an increase that nearly tripled the average September gain over
the previous 10 years of 7,400 jobs. Seven of the 11 major industries showed
employment gains over the month, led by rises of 13,600 jobs in Professional
and Business Services and 9,100 positions in Trade, Transportation, and
Utilities. Total Nonagricultural Employment ended September at an estimated
level of 10,857,600 jobs, an increase of 262,700 jobs over the year. The annual
growth rate for the employment series ticked up to 2.5 percent in September
and has been at or above 2.0 percent for 10 consecutive months.
Professional and Business Services gained 13,600 jobs in September for its
largest over-the-month rise since January. The industry has expanded for
five consecutive months. Administrative, Support, and Waste Management
Remediation Services accounted for most of September’s growth with the
addition of 10,900 positions. Professional and Business Services added 47,200
jobs over the year for a 3.5 percent annual growth rate. September marked
the fifth consecutive month with annual growth in excess of 3.0 percent for
the industry.

ProfessionalandBusinessServices
MonthlyEmploymentChangeandAnnualGrowthRate
(Statewide,SeasonallyAdjusted)
20,000

6.0%
MonthlyEmploymentChange

15,000

5.0%

AnnualGrowthRate

10,000

4.0%

5,000

3.0%

0

2.0%

Ͳ5,000

1.0%

Ͳ10,000

0.0%
Sep'11

Jan'12

May'12

Sep'12

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment increased for a second
consecutive month with the addition of 9,100 jobs in September. Retail Trade
added 6,800 jobs, Wholesale Trade gained 2,200 jobs, and Transportation,
Warehousing, and Utilities added 100 positions. Annual growth for Trade,
Transportation, and Utilities edged up to 2.6 percent in September, representing
the addition of 54,700 jobs over the year. Retail Trade accounted for the largest
share of the yearly gain with the expansion of 23,500 jobs.

this major industry in the past five months. The monthly gain in this major
industry was divided nearly evenly between its two component sectors, as
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation added 1,900 jobs over the month and
employment in Accommodations and Food Services climbed by 1,800
positions. The annualized growth rate in Leisure and Hospitality edged up
to 4.8 percent in September from 4.7 percent in August and has been at or
above 4.0 percent for all of 2012.

Education and Health Services rebounded from a revised drop of 3,900 jobs
in August with the addition of an estimated 6,600 jobs in September. This
monthly increase was twice as large as the average September gain for this
major industry dating back to the beginning of the series. Employment in
Health Care and Social Assistance jumped by 5,500 positions over the month,
while Educational Services employment climbed by 1,100 jobs. Over the past
12 months, Education and Health Services has added 39,000 jobs, leaving the
annual growth rate in this major industry unchanged at 2.7 percent.

Other Services employment rose by an estimated 1,200 positions in September.
This marked the largest over-the-month employment increase seen in this
major industry since June, and the third monthly employment increase in the
last four months. Employment in Other Services grew by 10,200 positions
over the year, but the annual growth rate continued its decline from a recent
peak of 5.3 percent in February to reach 2.7 percent in September.

Manufacturing employment expanded by 3,800 jobs in September, largely
negating August’s revised drop of 4,300 positions. Durable Goods added
4,400 jobs, while Nondurable Goods contracted by 600 positions. Annual
growth has been restricted to Durable Goods, which added 17,900 positions
over the year. The Manufacturing industry as a whole added 17,300 jobs over
the year for a 2.1 percent annual growth rate.
Leisure and Hospitality employment built on the momentum of a revised
increase of 5,800 positions in August with the gain of an estimated 3,700 jobs
in September. This was the fourth increase in employment experienced in

Financial Activities employment edged up by an estimated 1,000 jobs in
September, the seventh over-the-month gain posted in this major industry
in 2012. Employment in Finance and Insurance climbed by 1,200 positions
over the month while Real Estate, Rental, and Leasing employment contracted
by 200 jobs. Since September 2011, employment in Financial Activities has
climbed by 11,000 positions, which brought the annual growth rate in this
major industry to 1.7 percent.
Information employment continued to contract with the loss of 1,100 positions
in September. The industry has shed jobs in eight of the past 12 months.
Information employment declined by 2.7 percent over the year, representing
an annual loss of 5,300 jobs.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

T E X A S

L A B O R

M A R K E T

OCTOBER 2012

R E V I E W

TEXASNONAGRICULTURALWAGEANDSALARYEMPLOYMENT
SEASONALLYADJUSTED+  

INDUSTRYTITLE  

TotalNonagricultural 
TotalNongovernment** 
GoodsͲProducing
MiningandLogging
Construction
Manufacturing 
ServiceͲProviding
Trade,Transportation,andUtilities
Information
FinancialActivities
ProfessionalandBusinessServices
EducationandHealthServices
LeisureandHospitality
OtherServices
Government

Aug.'12toSep.'12
Absolute
Percent
Change
Change
21,000
0.2
29,600
0.3

Sep.'11toSep.'12
Absolute
Percent
Change
Change
262,700
2.5
272,400
3.1

Sep.2012*

Aug.2012

Sep.2011

10,857,600
9,076,600

10,836,600
9,047,000

10,594,900
8,804,200

257,000
592,300
857,400

261,200
596,400
853,600

241,800
559,500
840,100

Ͳ4,200
Ͳ4,100
3,800

Ͳ1.6
Ͳ0.7
0.4

15,200
32,800
17,300

6.3
5.9
2.1

2,167,300
190,900
652,300
1,403,900
1,474,500
1,097,900
383,100
1,781,000

2,158,200
192,000
651,300
1,390,300
1,467,900
1,094,200
381,900
1,789,600

2,112,600
196,200
641,300
1,356,700
1,435,500
1,047,600
372,900
1,790,700

9,100
Ͳ1,100
1,000
13,600
6,600
3,700
1,200
Ͳ8,600

0.4
Ͳ0.6
0.2
1.0
0.4
0.3
0.3
Ͳ0.5

54,700
Ͳ5,300
11,000
47,200
39,000
50,300
10,200
Ͳ9,700

2.6
Ͳ2.7
1.7
3.5
2.7
4.8
2.7
Ͳ0.5

Note: The number of nonagricultural jobs in Texas is without reference to place of residence of workers. Total Nonagricultural employment is additive by summing the individual sectors.
*Estimates for the current month are preliminary. All estimates are subject to revision. Estimates produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor are disseminated in
cooperation with the TWC.
**Total Nongovernment number is derived by subtracting the Government estimate from the Total Nonagricultural estimate.

TotalNonagriculturalJobsvs.CivilianLaborForce
(SeasonallyAdjusted)

TexasandU.S.UnemploymentRates
(SeasonallyAdjusted)

0.06

0.12

0.05

Texas
0.1

U.S.

0.03

0.08

0.02
0.01

0.06
0
Ͳ0.01

0.04

Ͳ0.02
Ͳ0.03

0.02

NonagriculturalJobs

Ͳ0.04

CivilianLaborForce

JanͲ12

JanͲ11

JanͲ10

JanͲ09

JanͲ08

JanͲ07

JanͲ06

JanͲ05

JanͲ04

JanͲ03

JanͲ02

JanͲ01

JanͲ00

JanͲ99

JanͲ98

JanͲ97

0

JanͲ96

JanͲ12

JanͲ11

JanͲ10

JanͲ09

JanͲ08

JanͲ07

JanͲ06

JanͲ05

JanͲ04

JanͲ03

JanͲ02

JanͲ01

JanͲ00

JanͲ99

JanͲ98

JanͲ97

JanͲ96

JanͲ95

Ͳ0.05

JanͲ95

OverͲtheͲYearPercentChange

0.04

TEXASANDU.S.CIVILIANLABORFORCEESTIMATES 
NotSeasonallyAdjusted
2012
September
2012
August
2011
September 

CLF
12,642,500
12,625,200
12,525,600

TEXAS*
Employment
11,840,400
11,738,100
11,523,000

Unemp.
802,100
887,100
1,002,600

Rate
6.3
7.0
8.0

UNITEDSTATES**
CLF
Employment
Unemp.
155,075,000 143,333,000
11,742,000
155,255,000 142,558,000
12,696,000
154,022,000 140,502,000
13,520,000

Rate
7.6
8.2
8.8 

SeasonallyAdjusted
September
2012
August
2012
September
2011  

CLF
Employment
12,632,000
11,770,400
12,628,600
11,727,000
12,475,600
11,485,600

Unemp.
861,600
901,600
990,000

Rate
6.8
7.1
7.9

CLF
155,063,000
154,645,000
154,004,000

Rate
7.8
8.1
9.0

Employment
142,974,000
142,101,000
140,107,000

Note: Only the actual series estimates for Texas and the U.S. are comparable to sub-state estimates. All estimates are subject to revision.
In seasonally adjusted estimates, all elements of seasonality are factored out to achieve an estimate which reflects the basic underlying trend.
*Source - Labor Market and Career Information Department, Texas Workforce Commission (model-based methodology)
**Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (Current Population Survey)

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TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

Unemp.
12,088,000
12,544,000
13,897,000

T E X A S

OCTOBER 2012

L A B O R

M A R K E T

R E V I E W

TexasNonagriculturalWageandSalaryEmployment(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
AnnualGrowthRate 

TOTALNONFARM 
TOTALPRIVATE(totalnonfarmlessgovernment) 
GOODSPRODUCING 
MiningandLogging(NAICS21,1133) 
OilandGasExtraction(NAICS211) 
SupportActivitiesforMining(NAICS213) 
Construction(NAICS23) 
ConstructionofBuildings(NAICS236) 
HeavyandCivilEngineeringConstruction(NAICS237) 
SpecialtyTradeContractors(NAICS238) 
Manufacturing(NAICS31Ͳ33) 
DurableGoods 
WoodProductManufacturing(NAICS321) 
NonmetallicMineralProductManufacturing(NAICS327) 
PrimaryMetalManufacturing(NAICS331) 
FabricatedMetalProductManufacturing(NAICS332) 
MachineryManufacturing(NAICS333) 
ComputerandElectronicProductManufacturing(NAICS334) 
ElectricEquipment,Appliance,andComponentMfg(NAICS335) 
TransportationEquipmentManufacturing(NAICS336) 
FurnitureandRelatedProductManufacturing(NAICS337) 
MiscellaneousManufacturing(NAICS339) 
NondurableGoods 
FoodManufacturing(NAICS311) 
BeverageandTobaccoProductManufacturing(NAICS312) 
PaperManufacturing(NAICS322) 
PrintingandRelatedSupportManufacturing(NAICS323) 
PetroleumandCoalProductsManufacturing(NAICS324) 
ChemicalManufacturing(NAICS325) 
PlasticsandRubberManufacturing(NAICS326)

80,000
70,000
60,000
50,000
40,000
30,000
20,000
10,000
0
Ͳ10,000
Ͳ20,000
Ͳ30,000

Sep'12*
10,860,500

Aug'12
10,802,300

Sep'11
10,595,800

9,087,000
1,717,100
259,500
103,200
144,000
598,600
144,500
135,800
318,300
859,000
561,200
17,500
30,700
22,100
131,100
101,200
96,500
18,200
94,300
22,600
27,000
297,800
86,200
11,800
17,200
25,800
25,000
72,600
37,200

9,095,900
1,722,200
262,300
104,900
146,200
603,500
142,100
134,300
327,100
856,400
558,800
17,500
30,800
22,100
130,000
101,100
97,100
18,200
92,500
22,400
27,100
297,600
85,500
11,900
17,200
25,900
25,000
72,600
37,300

8,821,900
1,655,600
244,100
91,100
143,600
567,100
132,500
114,100
320,500
844,400
544,100
18,500
31,900
21,600
121,900
96,300
98,100
17,600
88,900
21,600
27,700
300,300
87,500
11,500
17,500
27,200
24,600
71,300
37,300

Aug'12toSep'12
Change
%Change
58,200
0.5%
Ͳ8,900
Ͳ5,100
Ͳ2,800
Ͳ1,700
Ͳ2,200
Ͳ4,900
2,400
1,500
Ͳ8,800
2,600
2,400
0
Ͳ100
0
1,100
100
Ͳ600
0
1,800
200
Ͳ100
200
700
Ͳ100
0
Ͳ100
0
0
Ͳ100

Ͳ0.1%
Ͳ0.3%
Ͳ1.1%
Ͳ1.6%
Ͳ1.5%
Ͳ0.8%
1.7%
1.1%
Ͳ2.7%
0.3%
0.4%
0.0%
Ͳ0.3%
0.0%
0.9%
0.1%
Ͳ0.6%
0.0%
2.0%
0.9%
Ͳ0.4%
0.1%
0.8%
Ͳ0.8%
0.0%
Ͳ0.4%
0.0%
0.0%
Ͳ0.3%

JanͲ12

JanͲ11

JanͲ10

JanͲ09

JanͲ08

JanͲ07

JanͲ06

JanͲ05

JanͲ04

JanͲ03

JanͲ02

JanͲ01

JanͲ00

JanͲ99

JanͲ98

JanͲ97

JanͲ96

JanͲ95

JanͲ94

JanͲ93

JanͲ92

6.0%
4.0%
2.0%
0.0%
Ͳ2.0%
Ͳ4.0%
Ͳ6.0%

Sep'11toSep'12
Change
%Change
264,700
2.5%
265,100
61,500
15,400
12,100
400
31,500
12,000
21,700
Ͳ2,200
14,600
17,100
Ͳ1,000
Ͳ1,200
500
9,200
4,900
Ͳ1,600
600
5,400
1,000
Ͳ700
Ͳ2,500
Ͳ1,300
300
Ͳ300
Ͳ1,400
400
1,300
Ͳ100

3.0%
3.7%
6.3%
13.3%
0.3%
5.6%
9.1%
19.0%
Ͳ0.7%
1.7%
3.1%
Ͳ5.4%
Ͳ3.8%
2.3%
7.6%
5.1%
Ͳ1.6%
3.4%
6.1%
4.6%
Ͳ2.5%
Ͳ0.8%
Ͳ1.5%
2.6%
Ͳ1.7%
Ͳ5.2%
1.6%
1.8%
Ͳ0.3%

StatewideOverͲtheͲMonthChange(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
August2012toSeptember2012

Mining
&
Logging

Construction Manufacturing

Wholesale
Trade

Retail
Trade

Transportation,
Warehousing,
&
Utilities

Information

Financial
Activities

Professional
&
Business
Services

Education
&
Health
Services

Leisure
&
Hospitality

Other
Services

Government

*Estimates for the current month are preliminary. All estimates are subject to revision. The number of nonagricultural jobs in Texas is without reference to place of residence of workers. Estimates produced
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor are disseminated in cooperation with the TWC.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

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T E X A S

L A B O R

M A R K E T

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TexasNonagriculturalWageandSalaryEmployment(NotSeasonallyAdjusted) 
SERVICEPROVIDING
PrivateServiceProviding 
Trade,Transportation,andUtilities(NAICS42,44,45,48,49,22) 
WholesaleTrade(NAICS42) 
MerchantWholesalers,DurableGoods(NAICS423) 
MerchantWholesalers,NondurableGoods(NAICS424) 
RetailTrade(NAICS44Ͳ45) 
MotorVehicleandPartsDealers(NAICS441) 
FurnitureandHomeFurnishingsStores(NAICS442) 
ElectronicsandApplianceStores(NAICS443) 
BuildingMaterialandGardenEquipmentandSupplies(NAICS444) 
FoodandBeverageStores(NAICS445) 
HealthandPersonalCareStores(NAICS446) 
GasolineStations(NAICS447) 
ClothingandClothingAccessoriesStores(NAICS448) 
SportingGoods,Hobby,Book,andMusicStores(NAICS451) 
GeneralMerchandiseStores(NAICS452) 
MiscellaneousStoreRetailers(NAICS453) 
NonstoreRetailers(NAICS454) 
Transportation,Warehousing,andUtilities(NAICS48Ͳ49,22) 
TransportationandWarehousing(NAICS48,49) 
AirTransportation(NAICS481) 
TruckTransportation(NAICS484) 
PipelineTransportation(NAICS486) 
SupportActivitiesforTransportation(NAICS488) 
CouriersandMessengers(NAICS492) 
WarehousingandStorage(NAICS493) 
Utilities(NAICS22) 
Information(NAICS51) 
PublishingIndustries(ExceptInternet)(NAICS511) 
Telecommunications(NAICS517) 
DataProcessing,Hosting,andRelatedServices(NAICS518) 
FinancialActivities(NAICS52,53) 
FinanceandInsurance(NAICS52) 
CreditIntermediationandRelatedActivities(NAICS522) 
Securities,CommoditiesContracts,andOtherFinancial(NAICS523) 
InsuranceCarriersandRelatedActivities(NAICS524) 
RealEstateandRentalandLeasing(NAICS53) 
RealEstate(NAICS531) 
RentalandLeasingServices(NAICS532) 
ProfessionalandBusinessServices(NAICS54,55,56) 
Professional,ScientificandTechnicalServices(NAICS54) 
ManagementofCompaniesandEnterprises(NAICS55) 
AdminandSupportandWasteMgmtandRemediation(NAICS56) 
AdministrativeandSupportServices(NAICS561) 
EducationandHealthServices(NAICS61,62) 
EducationalServices(NAICS61) 
HealthCareandSocialAssistance(NAICS62) 
AmbulatoryHealthCareServices(NAICS621) 
Hospitals(NAICS622) 
NursingandResidentialCareFacilities(NAICS623) 
SocialAssistance(NAICS624) 
LeisureandHospitality(NAICS71,72) 
Arts,Entertainment,andRecreation(NAICS71) 
Amusement,Gambling,andRecreation(NAICS713) 
AccommodationandFoodServices(NAICS72) 
Accommodation(NAICS721) 
FoodServicesandDrinkingPlaces(NAICS722) 
OtherServices(NAICS81) 
RepairandMaintenance(NAICS811) 
PersonalandLaundryServices(NAICS812) 
Religious,Grantmaking,Civic,ProfOrganizations(NAICS813) 
Government 
FederalGovernment 
StateGovernment 
LocalGovernment

Sep'12*
9,143,400
7,369,900
2,161,800
533,100
293,700
159,200
1,179,500
161,800
37,000
43,300
88,100
212,700
68,200
70,600
124,300
39,800
258,300
56,100
19,300
449,200
396,400
56,900
122,900
16,000
75,900
35,500
46,900
52,800
190,600
40,100
82,400
27,200
651,600
466,400
241,200
49,900
168,400
185,200
121,600
52,200
1,406,100
595,800
84,300
726,000
697,900
1,478,500
176,000
1,302,500
629,100
299,500
175,100
198,800
1,097,800
110,800
78,300
987,000
107,400
879,600
383,500
124,900
96,200
162,400
1,773,500
198,000
362,600
1,212,900

Aug'12
9,080,100
7,373,700
2,163,000
534,500
292,800
161,100
1,179,800
160,100
36,500
43,500
89,100
210,700
66,200
71,400
126,300
39,400
260,700
56,600
19,300
448,700
396,100
56,900
122,400
16,100
75,400
35,300
46,700
52,600
192,900
40,200
82,800
27,400
654,100
466,900
242,500
49,600
168,200
187,200
121,700
52,900
1,398,900
597,900
82,500
718,500
690,300
1,462,100
167,600
1,294,500
625,800
299,400
176,600
192,700
1,116,800
117,300
85,800
999,500
112,200
887,300
385,900
124,000
98,800
163,100
1,706,400
198,100
350,400
1,157,900

Sep'11
8,940,200
7,166,300
2,108,300
517,400
293,400
159,200
1,154,800
151,400
36,400
43,300
87,400
207,200
67,400
71,100
114,600
39,200
261,300
56,200
19,300
436,100
386,600
57,500
118,400
15,900
71,900
34,400
46,400
49,500
195,500
40,300
85,500
26,800
642,800
462,400
240,500
47,500
163,700
180,400
120,600
51,700
1,362,700
582,700
82,800
697,200
669,900
1,440,000
169,500
1,270,500
616,500
294,200
172,400
187,400
1,044,900
108,000
78,800
936,900
105,900
831,000
372,100
112,600
98,400
161,100
1,773,900
200,100
359,600
1,214,200

Aug'12toSep'12
Change
%Change
0.7%
63,300
Ͳ3,800
Ͳ0.1%
Ͳ1,200
Ͳ0.1%
Ͳ1,400
Ͳ0.3%
900
0.3%
Ͳ1,900
Ͳ1.2%
Ͳ300
0.0%
1,700
1.1%
500
1.4%
Ͳ200
Ͳ0.5%
Ͳ1,000
Ͳ1.1%
2,000
1.0%
2,000
3.0%
Ͳ800
Ͳ1.1%
Ͳ2,000
Ͳ1.6%
400
1.0%
Ͳ2,400
Ͳ0.9%
Ͳ500
Ͳ0.9%
0
0.0%
500
0.1%
300
0.1%
0
0.0%
500
0.4%
Ͳ100
Ͳ0.6%
500
0.7%
200
0.6%
200
0.4%
200
0.4%
Ͳ2,300
Ͳ1.2%
Ͳ100
Ͳ0.3%
Ͳ400
Ͳ0.5%
Ͳ200
Ͳ0.7%
Ͳ2,500
Ͳ0.4%
Ͳ500
Ͳ0.1%
Ͳ1,300
Ͳ0.5%
300
0.6%
200
0.1%
Ͳ2,000
Ͳ1.1%
Ͳ100
Ͳ0.1%
Ͳ700
Ͳ1.3%
7,200
0.5%
Ͳ2,100
Ͳ0.4%
1,800
2.2%
7,500
1.0%
7,600
1.1%
16,400
1.1%
8,400
5.0%
8,000
0.6%
3,300
0.5%
100
0.0%
Ͳ1,500
Ͳ0.9%
6,100
3.2%
Ͳ19,000
Ͳ1.7%
Ͳ6,500
Ͳ5.5%
Ͳ7,500
Ͳ8.7%
Ͳ12,500
Ͳ1.3%
Ͳ4,800
Ͳ4.3%
Ͳ7,700
Ͳ0.9%
Ͳ2,400
Ͳ0.6%
900
0.7%
Ͳ2,600
Ͳ2.6%
Ͳ700
Ͳ0.4%
67,100
3.9%
Ͳ100
Ͳ0.1%
12,200
3.5%
55,000
4.8%

Sep'11toSep'12
Change
%Change
2.3%
203,200
203,600
2.8%
53,500
2.5%
15,700
3.0%
300
0.1%
0
0.0%
24,700
2.1%
10,400
6.9%
600
1.7%
0
0.0%
700
0.8%
5,500
2.7%
800
1.2%
Ͳ500
Ͳ0.7%
9,700
8.5%
600
1.5%
Ͳ3,000
Ͳ1.2%
Ͳ100
Ͳ0.2%
0
0.0%
13,100
3.0%
9,800
2.5%
Ͳ600
Ͳ1.0%
4,500
3.8%
100
0.6%
4,000
5.6%
1,100
3.2%
500
1.1%
3,300
6.7%
Ͳ4,900
Ͳ2.5%
Ͳ200
Ͳ0.5%
Ͳ3,100
Ͳ3.6%
400
1.5%
8,800
1.4%
4,000
0.9%
700
0.3%
2,400
5.1%
4,700
2.9%
4,800
2.7%
1,000
0.8%
500
1.0%
43,400
3.2%
13,100
2.3%
1,500
1.8%
28,800
4.1%
28,000
4.2%
38,500
2.7%
6,500
3.8%
32,000
2.5%
12,600
2.0%
5,300
1.8%
2,700
1.6%
11,400
6.1%
52,900
5.1%
2,800
2.6%
Ͳ500
Ͳ0.6%
50,100
5.4%
1,500
1.4%
48,600
5.9%
11,400
3.1%
12,300
10.9%
Ͳ2,200
Ͳ2.2%
1,300
0.8%
Ͳ400
0.0%
Ͳ2,100
Ͳ1.1%
3,000
0.8%
Ͳ1,300
Ͳ0.1%

*Estimates for the current month are preliminary. All estimates are subject to revision. The number of nonagricultural jobs in Texas is without reference to place of residence of workers. Estimates
produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor are disseminated in cooperation with the TWC.

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Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Nonagricultural Wage & Salary Employment
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

T

otal Nonagricultural Wage and Salary employment for the Metropolitan
Statistical Areas added 39,000 jobs over the month. This increase
was the second consecutive increase for the MSAs and was the seventh
monthly increase for 2012. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA
added the most jobs over the month with 17,300, mostly due to seasonal
patterns. Next, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area added 7,300 jobs while the
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA added 4,000 jobs. In total, 19 areas added
employment for September and 11 areas added 1,000 or more jobs for the
month. The MSAs added 224,300 jobs since September 2011, rounding
off Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary employment at 9,707,900 jobs.
The annual growth rate continued at 2.4 percent for the third consecutive
month. September also marked the 16th consecutive month that the
growth rate was at or above 2.0 percent. The Odessa MSA led all areas
with a 5.3 percent increase in employment while four other areas exceeded
3.0 percent growth for the year. These included the San Angelo and the
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSAs, each at 3.3 percent, along with the
Midland and the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSAs, each at 3.7 percent.

Employment in Government increased 63,100 jobs for all areas. This
increase was largely a seasonal increase as area school districts and
colleges increased staff for the new school year. The over-the-month
gain was the largest September increase since 2009 when the areas added
70,100 jobs. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA gained the most
employment with 19,600 jobs followed by the Dallas-Plano-Irving area
with 10,600 jobs and the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA with 5,800
jobs. In terms of the monthly growth rate, 11 areas added more employment
than the statewide rate of 3.9 percent. The El Paso MSA led all areas,
increasing 8.4 percent in monthly employment. With the large seasonal
increase, the annual growth for Government was positive for the first
time since February 2011. Employment increased 200 jobs over the past
12 months for Government. The Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA
led all areas with 2,600 jobs added over the year while the El Paso MSA
experienced the highest annual growth rate at 3.6 percent followed by the
Sherman-Denison MSA at 3.1 percent and the Waco MSA at 2.7 percent.
Employment in Education and Health Services increased 10,500 jobs for
September. This marked the third consecutive month of job gains for the
industry and the seventh over-the-month increase for 2012. Fifteen areas
added employment over the month with the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
MSA adding the most with 7,000 jobs. Three other areas added 1,000

or more jobs for the month starting with the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
MSA with 1,000 jobs, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area with 1,600 jobs, and the
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA with 2,300 jobs. The San Angelo
MSA experienced the highest percentage increase at 3.8 percent followed
by the Midland MSA at 2.7 percent. For the year, Education and Health
Services grew 3.2 percent in employment. The Odessa MSA led all areas
in Education and Health Services with an 8.3 percent annual growth rate.
Seventeen other areas also enjoyed positive annual growth rates with four
other areas growing more than 4.0 percent including the Midland MSA at
4.2 percent, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area at 4.5 percent, the Houston-Sugar
Land-Baytown MSA at 4.9 percent, and the San Angelo MSA at 5.1 percent.
The estimated employment level in Manufacturing stood at 751,700 jobs in
September. Employment in Manufacturing reversed course from August’s
revised loss of 3,500 jobs by adding 400 jobs for September. This was the first
over-the-month increase for September since 2006 when the industry added
1,100 jobs. Despite the prior years’ September losses, employment for the third
quarter actually gained for the previous three years with gains of 2,600 jobs for
2010, 4,800 jobs for 2011, and 2,200 jobs for the current year. Employment
has grown for 10 consecutive quarters. Thirteen areas added employment for
the month with the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA adding the most with
300 jobs. Since this January, the areas remained positive with employment
gains of 13,700 jobs. Since last year, Manufacturing added 10,100 jobs for
an annual growth rate of 1.4 percent, a small increase from August’s annual
growth rate of 1.1 percent. September’s annual growth rate also marked
24 consecutive months of annual increases for the Manufacturing industry.
Retail Trade experienced a smaller decrease in September than the fiveyear-average decrease of 7,200 jobs. September’s loss of 5,400 jobs
was the second smallest over-the-month decrease for that month since
2008. Despite widespread seasonal losses in Retail Trade, employment
grew in six MSAs, led by the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA with 200
jobs. The San Angelo MSA actually increased the most, percentage-wise,
at 1.8 percent for the month. Over the year, Retail Trade added 15,600
jobs, or 1.5 percent. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA led 17
other areas in annual employment increases with 10,700 jobs. Next, the
Corpus Christi MSA added 1,500 jobs, followed by the Austin-Round
Rock-San Marcos MSA with 700 jobs. Retail Trade in the Corpus Christi
MSA experienced the highest annual growth rate at 7.0 percent. This rate
was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Abilene MSA at 5.2 percent.

MetropolitanStatisticalAreaOverͲtheͲMonthEmploymentChange
August2012toSeptember2012(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
70,000
60,000
50,000
40,000
30,000
20,000
10,000
0
-10,000
-20,000
Mining,Logging, Manufacturing WholesaleTrade
&Construction

RetailTrade

Transportation,
Warehousing,&
Utilities

Information

Financial
Activities

Education&
Professional&
Business
HealthServices
Services

Leisure&
Hospitality

OtherServices

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

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TexasMetropolitanStatisticalAreasNonagriculturalWageandSalaryEmployment(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
HOUSTONͲSUGARLANDͲBAYTOWN 
TOTALNONFARM 
GOODSPRODUCING 
Mining,Logging,&Construction 
Manufacturing 
DurableGoods 
FabricatedMetalProductManufacturing 
ComputerandElectronicProductManufacturing 
NondurableGoods 
SERVICEPROVIDING 
PrivateServiceProviding 
WholesaleTrade 
MerchantWholesalers,DurableGoods 
MerchantWholesalers,NondurableGoods 
RetailTrade 
MotorVehicleandPartsDealers 
Bldng.MaterialandGardenEqpmnt.andSuppliesDlrs. 

FoodandBeverageStores 
ClothingandClothingAccessoriesStores 
GeneralMerchandiseStores 
Transportation,Warehousing,andUtilities 
Utilities 
Information 
Telecommunications 
FinancialActivities 
FinanceandInsurance 
CreditIntermediationandRelatedActivities 
InsuranceCarriersandRelatedActivities 
RealEstateandRentalandLeasing 
ProfessionalandBusinessServices 
Professional,Scientific,andTechnicalServices 
Admin.SupportandWasteMgmt.andRemediation 
EducationandHealthServices 
HealthCareandSocialAssistance 
AmbulatoryHealthCareServices 
Hospitals 
LeisureandHospitality 
Arts,Entertainment,andRecreation 
AccommodationandFoodServices 
FoodServicesandDrinkingPlaces 
OtherServices 
Government 
Federal 
State 
Local 

TOTALNONFARM 
GOODSPRODUCING 
Mining,Logging,&Construction 
Manufacturing 
SERVICEPROVIDING 
PrivateServiceProviding 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
FoodandBeverageStores 
GeneralMerchandiseStores 
Transportation,Warehousing,andUtilities 
Information 
Telecommunications 
FinancialActivities 
FinanceandInsurance 
CreditIntermediationandRelatedActivities 
ProfessionalandBusinessServices 
Professional,Scientific,andTechnicalServices 
AdminSupportandWasteMgmtandRemediationSvcs 

EducationandHealthServices 
HealthCareandSocialAssistance 
Hospitals 
LeisureandHospitality 
AccommodationandFoodServices 
OtherServices 
Government 
Federal 
State 
Local

Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
2,699,400
2,682,100
2,602,800
519,300
515,800
494,900
283,700
279,400
265,700
235,600
236,400
229,200
158,900
159,500
151,300
55,700
55,000
50,800
19,300
19,500
19,500
76,700
76,900
77,900
2,180,100
2,166,300
2,107,900
1,813,600
1,819,400
1,740,200
140,500
141,000
137,400
83,500
83,500
80,200
39,200
39,300
39,200
278,500
279,900
267,800
33,700
33,500
32,900
19,700
19,900
18,900
57,400
57,100
56,100
31,300
32,000
28,900
57,900
58,200
59,900
125,200
128,100
120,300
17,400
17,400
16,200
30,900
31,300
31,500
15,200
15,400
15,900
139,600
141,200
137,500
90,700
91,700
89,000
42,500
42,700
42,100
30,000
30,200
29,800
48,900
49,500
48,500
393,200
395,500
383,200
183,400
184,100
182,700
188,400
190,300
179,700
343,100
336,100
327,200
298,700
293,100
283,300
144,100
141,400
134,100
78,100
77,400
75,000
261,900
265,100
241,500
27,900
29,700
26,600
234,000
235,400
214,900
212,800
213,700
194,300
100,700
101,200
93,800
366,500
346,900
367,700
27,400
27,200
27,600
72,400
70,100
71,300
266,700
249,600
268,800
SANANTONIOͲNEWBRAUNFELS
Sep'12*
873,100
94,900
47,900
47,000
778,200
619,200
29,400
95,900
19,100
19,200
21,200
17,800
4,300
70,200
56,600
24,600
102,900
40,700
54,800
132,700
116,800
23,200
116,900
104,000
32,200
159,000
35,700
18,900
104,400

Aug'12
870,600
95,200
48,500
46,700
775,400
622,200
29,500
96,400
18,900
19,300
21,200
17,900
4,400
69,600
56,400
24,700
100,600
40,700
54,300
135,900
119,700
23,500
118,700
103,800
32,400
153,200
35,700
18,400
99,100

Sep'11
849,400
92,000
45,800
46,200
757,400
599,500
28,800
96,100
18,700
19,000
20,800
18,100
4,700
70,000
56,400
24,700
98,600
39,200
53,400
130,400
114,300
22,800
105,000
94,900
31,700
157,900
35,100
19,100
103,700

DALLASͲPLANOͲIRVINGMD**
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
2,108,100
2,100,800
2,075,800
271,700
274,600
272,400
105,800
108,300
103,400
165,900
166,300
169,000
116,900
117,300
118,800
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
38,600
39,000
39,600
49,000
49,000
50,200
1,836,400
1,826,200
1,803,400
1,565,900
1,566,300
1,533,600
120,600
121,100
121,700
67,300
66,700
69,100
36,300
36,500
36,300
209,300
210,800
208,700
27,700
27,700
26,600
15,600
15,800
15,300
33,300
33,000
32,700
24,300
24,800
22,500
45,600
45,900
46,300
80,800
80,000
76,000
7,700
7,600
7,000
64,300
65,000
64,700
29,100
29,400
30,200
185,400
186,400
183,400
141,100
141,500
139,200
71,800
72,400
71,300
50,300
50,600
49,600
44,300
44,900
44,200
364,500
363,100
359,900
155,500
156,100
155,300
184,300
182,200
175,300
262,500
260,900
251,200
222,300
220,800
214,000
112,000
112,200
109,300
50,200
50,200
49,300
206,600
206,500
196,800
23,600
24,400
23,800
183,000
182,100
173,000
161,400
160,400
151,400
71,900
72,500
71,200
270,500
259,900
269,800
29,900
30,100
30,500
39,200
38,800
38,900
201,400
191,000
200,400
AUSTINͲROUNDROCKͲSANMARCOS
Sep'12*
821,300
93,700
41,900
51,800
727,600
558,900
44,100
82,900
16,800
15,200
13,700
20,200
6,300
46,500
31,300
13,000
127,200
67,100
54,200
94,600
79,900
20,000
95,200
83,100
34,500
168,700
11,400
72,000
85,300

Aug'12
818,300
94,600
43,000
51,600
723,700
559,500
44,200
82,900
16,900
15,300
13,600
20,300
6,300
47,100
31,300
13,000
128,100
67,800
53,900
92,300
78,600
20,000
96,300
83,600
34,700
164,200
11,500
70,900
81,800

Sep'11
794,900
91,800
41,100
50,700
703,100
537,000
42,300
82,200
16,500
15,600
13,200
20,200
6,600
44,500
31,100
12,700
117,100
59,800
51,900
91,400
75,900
19,700
92,400
81,800
33,700
166,100
10,600
72,400
83,100

FORTWORTHͲARLINGTONMD**
Sep'12*
882,700
147,900
56,500
91,400
67,100
Ͳ
2,500
24,300
734,800
619,100
41,800
24,500
12,100
99,000
Ͳ
7,200
15,200
Ͳ
22,500
63,000
Ͳ
13,300
6,400
55,000
41,400
25,300
Ͳ
Ͳ
103,700
38,000
63,900
114,700
100,400
Ͳ
26,700
96,900
Ͳ
82,400
74,200
31,700
115,700
15,000
12,600
88,100

Aug'12
886,500
151,300
60,000
91,300
67,000
Ͳ
2,500
24,300
735,200
623,400
41,800
24,300
12,100
100,100
Ͳ
7,400
15,100
Ͳ
22,800
62,900
Ͳ
13,500
6,400
55,800
41,600
25,400
Ͳ
Ͳ
104,000
38,300
63,800
114,900
101,700
Ͳ
26,700
98,400
Ͳ
83,500
75,200
32,000
111,800
15,000
12,500
84,300
ELPASO

Sep'11
865,900
143,300
54,600
88,700
64,400
Ͳ
2,600
24,300
722,600
606,600
40,400
24,200
11,900
98,900
Ͳ
7,300
15,000
Ͳ
23,200
62,100
Ͳ
14,000
7,000
53,400
40,600
25,300
Ͳ
Ͳ
99,400
35,700
60,500
110,400
96,100
Ͳ
26,400
96,500
Ͳ
80,900
72,400
31,500
116,000
15,200
12,200
88,600

Sep'12*
287,800
31,800
14,200
17,600
256,000
187,300
10,100
35,500
Ͳ
9,400
12,900
4,800
Ͳ
12,700
Ͳ
Ͳ
31,900
Ͳ
23,400
39,400
Ͳ
Ͳ
30,200
Ͳ
9,800
68,700
13,600
9,600
45,500

Aug'12
284,900
31,900
14,300
17,600
253,000
189,600
10,200
35,900
Ͳ
9,600
13,000
4,900
Ͳ
12,800
Ͳ
Ͳ
32,200
Ͳ
23,600
39,500
Ͳ
Ͳ
31,100
Ͳ
10,000
63,400
13,600
8,800
41,000

Sep'11
281,900
31,400
13,700
17,700
250,500
184,200
9,900
35,000
Ͳ
9,700
12,800
4,900
Ͳ
12,500
Ͳ
Ͳ
31,200
Ͳ
22,700
38,600
Ͳ
Ͳ
29,700
Ͳ
9,600
66,300
12,900
10,200
43,200

*Estimates for the current month are preliminary. All estimates are subject to revision. The number of nonagricultural jobs in Texas is without reference to place of residence of workers. Estimates
produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor are disseminated in cooperation with the TWC. **Metropolitan Division (MD). The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA is
comprised of the Dallas-Plano-Irving MD and the Fort Worth-Arlington MD.

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TexasMetropolitanStatisticalAreasNonagriculturalWageandSalaryEmployment (NotSeasonallyAdjusted) 
INDUSTRY 
TOTAL 
Mining,Logging,&Constr. 
Manufacturing 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
Trans.,Ware.,&Util. 
Information 
FinancialActivities 
Prof.&BusinessServices 
Educ.&HealthServices 
Leisure&Hospitality 
OtherServices 
Government 
INDUSTRY 
TOTAL 
Mining,Logging,&Constr. 
Manufacturing 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
Trans.,Ware.,&Util. 
Information 
FinancialActivities 
Prof.&BusinessServices 
Educ.&HealthServices 
Leisure&Hospitality 
OtherServices 
Government 
INDUSTRY 
TOTAL 
Mining,Logging,&Constr. 
Manufacturing 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
Trans.,Ware.,&Util. 
Information 
FinancialActivities 
Prof.&BusinessServices 
Educ.&HealthServices 
Leisure&Hospitality 
OtherServices 
Government 
INDUSTRY 
TOTAL 
Mining,Logging,&Constr. 
Manufacturing 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
Trans.,Ware.,&Util. 
Information 
FinancialActivities 
Prof.&BusinessServices 
Educ.&HealthServices 
Leisure&Hospitality 
OtherServices 
Government 
INDUSTRY 
TOTAL 
Mining,Logging,&Constr. 
Manufacturing 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
Trans.,Ware.,&Util. 
Information 
FinancialActivities 
Prof.&BusinessServices 
Educ.&HealthServices 
Leisure&Hospitality 
OtherServices 
Government

ABILENE
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
65,700
65,100
64,500
5,100
5,100
4,800
2,600
2,600
2,600
2,400
2,400
2,300
8,100
8,100
7,700
1,700
1,700
1,600
1,100
1,100
1,100
3,700
3,700
3,600
5,400
5,400
5,300
13,400
13,200
13,200
7,300
7,400
6,900
2,400
2,400
2,400
12,500
12,000
13,000
COLLEGESTATIONͲBRYAN
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
94,000
93,100
97,300
6,800
6,900
6,500
5,300
5,300
5,200
1,700
1,800
1,700
9,900
10,200
10,200
1,400
1,400
1,400
1,100
1,100
1,200
3,500
3,600
3,600
6,300
6,400
6,300
9,800
9,800
10,200
10,300
10,500
10,600
3,100
3,100
3,100
34,800
33,000
37,300
LONGVIEW
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
98,700
99,100
96,200
15,500
15,600
14,700
12,000
11,900
11,800
4,500
4,600
4,500
10,600
10,700
10,300
3,500
3,600
3,400
1,200
1,300
1,200
3,800
3,800
3,800
8,500
8,500
8,200
15,600
15,500
15,200
8,400
8,600
8,000
3,200
3,200
3,200
11,900
11,800
11,900
ODESSA
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
71,200
70,900
67,600
15,600
15,700
14,800
5,000
4,900
4,800
5,700
5,700
5,200
6,800
6,800
6,500
2,600
2,600
2,400
600
600
600
2,800
2,800
2,800
4,700
4,700
4,400
6,500
6,400
6,000
7,600
7,800
7,000
3,700
3,800
3,500
9,600
9,100
9,600
TYLER
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
97,000
95,900
94,400
6,200
6,200
5,900
6,300
6,200
6,100
3,000
3,000
3,000
12,100
12,000
11,900
3,900
3,800
3,800
2,100
2,000
2,100
4,100
4,200
4,100
9,200
9,100
8,700
21,800
21,500
21,200
10,300
10,400
9,900
4,200
4,200
4,100
13,800
13,300
13,600

AMARILLO
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
112,900 112,100
113,200
6,500
6,600
6,100
13,700
13,600
13,400
5,200
5,200
5,100
14,300
14,300
14,000
4,600
4,700
4,500
1,500
1,500
1,600
6,400
6,500
6,300
8,400
8,400
8,400
16,300
16,300
16,100
12,800
13,100
12,200
4,800
4,800
4,700
18,700
17,900
19,700
CORPUSCHRISTI
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
186,400 182,500
187,600
22,100
22,300
21,200
9,600
9,500
9,500
6,000
6,000
5,800
23,000
23,000
21,500
6,700
6,700
6,300
1,900
1,900
2,000
7,400
7,400
7,400
15,600
15,500
15,200
32,900
32,600
32,000
22,200
22,700
21,600
7,200
7,200
7,000
33,000
31,600
33,000
LUBBOCK
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
129,000 130,300
129,800
6,200
6,300
5,900
5,100
5,100
5,100
6,200
6,200
6,200
16,100
16,000
16,000
4,100
4,000
4,000
4,000
4,000
4,100
6,700
6,700
6,700
10,900
10,800
10,700
22,000
21,700
21,800
16,800
16,800
16,500
5,200
5,200
5,200
26,500
26,200
28,100
SANANGELO
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
47,100
46,100
45,600
3,400
3,400
3,200
3,800
3,700
3,700
1,800
1,800
1,700
5,700
5,600
5,500
1,100
1,000
1,000
1,000
1,000
1,100
2,000
1,900
2,000
3,800
3,700
3,700
8,300
8,000
7,900
5,200
5,200
4,900
2,000
1,900
1,900
9,000
8,900
9,000
VICTORIA
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
51,800
51,900
51,800
7,800
7,800
7,400
5,900
5,800
5,800
1,800
1,900
1,800
6,500
6,600
6,600
1,500
1,500
1,400
500
500
500
2,200
2,200
2,200
3,100
3,200
3,100
7,100
7,200
7,400
4,700
4,900
4,700
1,700
1,700
1,900
9,000
8,600
9,000

BEAUMONTͲPORTARTHUR
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
160,600
159,000 156,800
21,200
21,300
19,900
21,200
21,100
20,800
4,900
4,900
4,700
19,400
19,300
18,900
6,000
6,000
5,700
1,300
1,300
1,300
5,700
5,700
5,500
15,000
15,000
14,300
22,900
22,600
22,300
15,000
15,300
14,200
5,500
5,500
5,300
22,500
21,000
23,900
KILLEENͲTEMPLEͲFORTHOOD
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
129,900
128,900
127,700
5,700
5,700
5,400
7,300
7,200
7,100
3,900
3,900
3,800
14,800
14,800
14,500
4,700
4,700
4,700
2,300
2,300
2,300
5,100
5,100
5,100
10,400
10,300
9,800
20,700
20,400
20,000
12,700
12,900
12,400
4,700
4,700
4,600
37,600
36,900
38,000
MCALLENͲEDINBURGͲMISSION
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
225,300 221,300 225,700
9,000
9,100
8,700
5,900
5,900
5,800
6,100
6,100
6,100
32,700
32,500
33,100
7,200
7,100
7,300
1,900
1,900
2,100
8,400
8,300
8,500
14,900
14,700
15,000
58,600
57,600
59,100
19,400
19,500
19,700
5,500
5,500
5,600
55,700
53,100
54,700
SHERMANͲDENISON
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
43,700
44,300
43,500
2,500
2,500
2,300
5,400
5,400
5,300
1,000
1,100
1,100
5,800
5,900
5,800
1,100
1,100
1,100
400
500
500
2,700
2,800
2,800
2,700
2,700
2,700
9,200
9,200
9,200
4,800
5,000
4,800
1,400
1,400
1,400
6,700
6,700
6,500
WACO
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
104,900
106,800 104,900
6,400
6,400
6,100
14,600
14,600
14,500
3,700
3,800
3,700
10,300
10,500
10,400
2,700
2,800
2,800
1,300
1,300
1,300
6,000
6,200
6,100
8,500
8,900
8,700
19,400
19,600
19,500
9,600
10,300
9,900
3,700
3,800
3,700
18,700
18,600
18,200

BROWNSVILLEͲHARLINGEN
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
126,200
126,800 128,400
3,100
3,200
3,000
5,500
5,500
5,500
3,200
3,300
3,300
15,600
15,800
16,100
4,800
4,800
5,000
1,700
1,800
1,900
5,100
5,300
5,300
9,000
9,100
9,100
32,200
32,200
32,700
12,200
12,900
12,600
3,400
3,500
3,500
30,400
29,400
30,400
LAREDO
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
93,400
94,300
92,600
4,000
4,000
3,800
900
900
900
2,900
2,900
2,800
12,800
13,000
12,400
13,000
13,100
12,900
600
600
600
3,800
3,900
3,800
6,700
7,000
6,900
15,100
15,300
15,100
8,600
8,900
8,500
2,300
2,400
2,300
22,700
22,300
22,600
MIDLAND
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
78,300
77,600
75,500
20,000
20,100
18,900
3,100
3,100
3,100
4,200
4,100
4,000
7,700
7,600
7,500
3,200
3,100
3,100
1,100
1,100
1,100
3,400
3,400
3,400
9,000
8,800
8,600
7,500
7,300
7,200
8,000
8,000
7,600
2,800
2,800
2,800
8,300
8,200
8,200
TEXARKANA
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
58,600
58,300
57,400
2,600
2,600
2,400
4,000
4,000
4,000
2,600
2,600
2,500
7,100
7,100
7,100
3,000
3,000
3,000
500
500
500
2,600
2,600
2,500
4,400
4,400
4,200
9,600
9,600
9,400
6,000
6,100
5,800
2,200
2,200
2,100
14,000
13,600
13,900
WICHITAFALLS
Sep'12*
Aug'12
Sep'11
58,500
58,000
58,100
3,800
3,800
3,600
5,200
5,100
5,100
1,800
1,800
1,800
7,500
7,500
7,600
1,800
1,800
1,800
1,100
1,100
1,100
2,600
2,500
2,600
3,700
3,700
3,700
9,200
9,000
9,200
6,000
6,100
5,900
2,600
2,600
2,600
13,200
13,000
13,100

Estimates for the current month are preliminary. All estimates are subject to revision. The number of nonagricultural jobs in each MSA is without reference to place of residence of workers. Estimates
produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor are disseminated in cooperation with the TWC.

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L A B O R

M A R K E T

OCTOBER 2012

R E V I E W

Amarillo

1.0%

0.5%

Wichita
Falls

Lubbock

-0.4%

ShermanDenison

0.7%

2.1%

Texarkana

1.7%
DallasFort WorthArlington

1.9%
El Paso

Longview
Tyler

Abilene

2.1%

2.8% 2.6%

Odessa

3.7%
5.3% Midland
Waco
San 3.3%
Angelo

0.0%

Killeen1.7% TempleFort Hood

-3.4%
College
StationBryan

3.3%
AustinRound RockSan Marcos

2.4%
HoustonSugar LandBaytown

BeaumontPort
Arthur

San AntonioNew Braunfels

Total Nonagricultural Employment by MSA (In Thousands)
Sep.
2012

Sep.
2011

65.7
Abilene
113.2
Amarillo
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos 821.3
160.6
Beaumont-Port Arthur
126.2
Brownsville-Harlingen
94.0
College Station-Bryan
187.6
Corpus Christi
2990.8
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington
287.8
El Paso
2699.4
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown
129.9
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood
93.4
Laredo
98.7
Longview
129.8
Lubbock
225.3
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission
78.3
Midland
71.2
Odessa
47.1
San Angelo
873.1
San Antonio-New Braunfels
43.7
Sherman-Denison
58.6
Texarkana
97.0
Tyler
51.8
Victoria
104.9
Waco
58.5
Wichita Falls

64.5
112.1
794.9
156.8
128.4
97.3
182.5
2941.7
281.9
2602.8
127.7
92.6
96.2
130.3
225.7
75.5
67.6
45.6
849.4
43.5
57.4
94.4
51.8
104.9
58.1

MSA

8

0.0%

% Annual
Job Growth

1.9%
1.0%
3.3%
2.4%
-1.7%
-3.4%
2.8%
1.7%
2.1%
3.7%
1.7%
0.9%
2.6%
-0.4%
-0.2%
3.7%
5.3%
3.3%
2.8%
0.5%
2.1%
2.8%
0.0%
0.0%
0.7%

3.7%

2.8%
Victoria

2.8%
Corpus
Christi

Laredo

0.9%

-0.2%
McAllenEdinburgMission

Job Growth Rates
Texas: 2.5%

-1.7%
BrownsvilleHarlingen

3.0% and above
2.3% to 2.9%
1.0% to 2.2%
0.0% to 0.9%
negative growth

(5)
(5)
(6)
(5)
(4)

CES - A Bureau of Labor Statistics program that relies on employer
surveys to estimate monthly, nonagricultural payroll employment.
Source: Current Employment Statistics. Estimates produced by the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor are disseminated
in cooperation with the TWC. Prepared by the Labor Market and Career
Information Department, TWC. (10/19/2012)

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R E V I E W

Unemployment Rates by County
September 2012
Dallam

Hansford

Ochiltree

Lipscomb

Hutchinson

Roberts

Hemphill

Potter

Carson

Gray

Wheeler

Randall

Armstrong

Donley

Collingsworth

Hall

Childress

Sherman

Hartley

Moore

Oldham

Deaf Smith

Parmer

Bailey

Castro

Swisher

Lamb

Hale

Briscoe

Floyd

Motley

Hardeman

Cottle

Wilbarger
Foard
Cochran Hockley

Lubbock

Crosby

Dickens

King

Wichita

Knox

Baylor

Clay

Archer

Montague

Yoakum

El Paso

Hudspeth

Culberson

Loving

Winkler

Ector

Bowie

Garza

Kent

Stonewall

Haskell

Throckmorton

Young

Ward

Crane

Martin

Borden

Scurry

Howard

Fisher

Mitchell

Nolan

Jones

Taylor

Midland

Glasscock

Sterling

Coke

Upton

Shackelford

Callahan

Parker

Stephens Palo
Pinto

Eastland

Collin

Hunt

Tarrant

Runnels

Johnson

Hood

Ellis

Houston
Leon
Angelina
Robertson

Bell

Madison
Milam
Brazos

Hardin

Lee

Travis

Washington

Kendall

Real
Bandera

Montgomery

Bastrop
Fayette

Caldwell

Comal

Austin

Waller

Hays

Tyler

San
Jacinto

Grimes

Burleson

Kerr

Polk

Jasper

Walker

Williamson

Blanco

Sabine

Trinity

Burnet
Llano

Kimble

Edwards

Shelby
Nacogdoches

Freestone

Falls

Lampasas

Gillespie
Val Verde

McLennan

Menard
Mason

Sutton

Terrell

Limestone

Newton

Schleicher

Panola

Cherokee

San Augustine

Crockett

Gregg
Rusk

Anderson

Hamilton
Coryell

San
Saba

Marion
Harrison

Smith

Navarro

Comanche

Concho

Cass

Camp

Henderson

Bosque

Mills

Titus

Upshur
Van
Zandt

Hill

Coleman

Mc
Culloch

Jeff Davis

Rains Wood

Rockwall

Dallas

Kaufman

Erath

Tom Green

Reagan
Irion

Brewster

Denton

Somervell

Pecos

Presidio

Wise

Delta
Hopkins

Dawson

Brown
Reeves

Jack

Morris

Andrews

Red River

Fannin

Franklin

Gaines

Lynn

Lamar

Grayson

Cooke
Terry

Liberty
Orange

Harris

Jefferson
Chambers

Kinney

Uvalde

Bexar

Medina

Colorado

Guadalupe

Fort Bend

Lavaca

Gonzales

Galveston
Wharton

Wilson
Maverick

DeWitt
Zavala

Frio

Jackson
Karnes

Matagorda

Atascosa

Unemployment Rates
Texas: 6.3%*

Dimmit

(58)
(61)
(71)
(32)
(32)

Victoria
Goliad

LaSalle

Bee

Mc
Mullen

Calhoun
Refugio

Live
Oak

Webb

0.0% to 4.5%
4.6% to 5.5%
5.6% to 6.5%
6.6% to 7.5%
7.6% and above

Brazoria

Duval

Jim
Wells

San
Patricio

Aransas

Nueces

Kleberg
Zapata

Jim
Hogg

Brooks

Kenedy

Starr
Willacy
Hidalgo
Cameron

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program *Not Seasonally Adjusted
Prepared by the Labor Market and Career Information Department, TWC (10/19/2012)

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Highlights of the Texas Labor Force

MSAs Ranked by Unemployment Rate
September 2012 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

F

or September, the unemployment rate dropped by seven-tenths of a percentage point to 6.8 percent. This
was the third consecutive month Texas showed a decrease in the unemployment rate. This was the lowest
unemployment rate for September since 2008 and the largest over-the-month drop since October 1983. The
unemployment rate has declined by 1.3 percent since the beginning of the year. The unemployment rate also
has shown an over-the-year decrease of 1.7 percent. The unemployment rate for the United States descended
three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 percent. The Texas unemployment rate of 6.8 percent was at or below
the national rate for the 69th consecutive month.
The Civilian Labor Force grew by an estimated 17,300 Texans, bringing the total to 12,642,500 individuals,
the largest labor force since July 2012. The Civilian Labor Force increased by approximately 116,900
individuals over the year, bringing the annual growth rate to 0.9 percent. This was the lowest September
growth rate since 2004. 

1 
2 
3 
4 
5(tie) 
7 
8 
9 
10 
11(tie) 
13(tie)

In September, the number of employed persons increased from August to September by an estimated
102,300 Texans. This was the largest August-to-September increase since the beginning of the series.
The estimated level of employed Texans for September was 11,840,400 people. The number of jobholders
increased by an estimated 317,400 persons since last year, making this the third consecutive year the number of
employed increased in September. Unemployed persons in Texas fell by an estimated 85,000 over the month,
and by approximately 200,500 individuals over the year.
There was a decrease of 10,100 Texans continuing to seek unemployment insurance benefits in September
for a total of 125,000 persons. This was the most significant decrease since February 2012. The number
of individuals receiving unemployment benefit claims has declined by 21,300 Texans since the beginning of this
year. Over the year, Texas has experienced a decline of 14,700 claims. Of the 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas
(MSAs), the College Station-Bryan MSA and the Longview MSA increased in unemployment claim activity
by 2.4 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively. A decrease in unemployment claim activity was experienced in
23 MSAs with the Lubbock MSA leading at 22.4 percent. 

15 
16(tie) 

18 
19 
20 
21 
22 
23 
24 
25

Midland
Odessa
Amarillo
SanAngelo
Abilene
Lubbock
Victoria
AustinͲRoundRockͲSanMarcos
CollegeStationͲBryan
Longview
CorpusChristi
WichitaFalls
SanAntonioͲNewBraunfels
Waco
Texarkana
DallasͲFortWorthͲArlington
HoustonͲSugarLandͲBaytown
Texas
Laredo
Tyler
ShermanͲDenison
KilleenͲTempleͲFortHood
UnitedStates
ElPaso
BeaumontͲPortArthur
BrownsvilleͲHarlingen
McAllenͲEdinburgͲMission

3.3
3.9
4.4
4.8
5.0
5.0
5.2
5.3
5.5
5.7
5.9
5.9
6.0
6.0
6.1
6.3
6.3
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
7.0
7.6
8.7
9.8
10.2
10.5

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands) 

UnitedStates 
Texas 
Abilene 
Amarillo 
AustinͲRoundRockͲSanMarcos 
BeaumontͲPortArthur 
BrownsvilleͲHarlingen 
CollegeStationͲBryan 
CorpusChristi 
DallasͲFortWorthͲArlington 
DallasͲPlanoͲIrvingMD 
FortWorthͲArlingtonMD 
ElPaso 
HoustonͲSugarLandͲBaytown 
KilleenͲTempleͲFortHood 
Laredo 
Longview 
Lubbock 
McAllenͲEdinburgͲMission 
Midland 
Odessa 
SanAngelo 
SanAntonioͲNewBraunfels 
ShermanͲDenison 
Texarkana 
Tyler 
Victoria 
Waco 
WichitaFalls

C.L.F.
155,075.0
12,642.5
83.9
136.1
968.8
191.4
158.5
112.5
221.7
3,335.1
2,227.6
1,107.5
330.8
3,066.1
172.2
100.9
115.2
147.9
312.5
88.4
83.6
57.6
1,027.3
58.9
67.7
106.3
61.3
115.3
72.8

September2012
Emp. Unemp.
143,333.0 11,742.0
11,840.4
802.1
79.7
4.2
130.1
6.0
917.0
51.8
172.7
18.7
142.3
16.2
106.3
6.2
208.7
13.0
3,126.5
208.6
2,087.3
140.3
1,039.2
68.3
302.1
28.7
2,873.5
192.6
160.1
12.1
94.4
6.5
108.6
6.6
140.5
7.4
279.8
32.7
85.4
3.0
80.3
3.3
54.8
2.8
965.3
62.0
55.0
3.9
63.6
4.1
99.4
6.9
58.1
3.2
108.3
7.0
68.5
4.3

Rate
7.6
6.3
5.0
4.4
5.3
9.8
10.2
5.5
5.9
6.3
6.3
6.2
8.7
6.3
7.0
6.4
5.7
5.0
10.5
3.3
3.9
4.8
6.0
6.6
6.1
6.5
5.2
6.0
5.9

C.L.F.
155,254.0
12,625.2
83.7
136.1
967.4
190.5
159.4
111.8
220.9
3,339.1
2,226.5
1,112.5
329.1
3,050.8
171.6
101.9
115.5
147.6
310.4
87.9
83.3
56.7
1,026.2
59.5
67.8
105.7
61.8
117.4
72.8

August2012
Emp. Unemp.
142,558.0 12,696.0
11,738.1
887.1
78.9
4.8
129.2
6.9
910.1
57.3
170.0
20.5
141.8
17.6
104.8
7.0
206.5
14.4
3,107.9
231.2
2,071.8
154.7
1,036.1
76.4
297.9
31.2
2,838.5
212.3
158.5
13.1
94.7
7.2
108.3
7.2
139.1
8.5
274.1
36.3
84.6
3.3
79.5
3.8
53.6
3.1
957.5
68.7
55.2
4.3
63.3
4.5
98.1
7.6
58.3
3.5
109.6
7.8
68.0
4.8

Rate
8.2
7.0
5.7
5.1
5.9
10.7
11.1
6.3
6.5
6.9
6.9
6.9
9.5
7.0
7.7
7.0
6.2
5.8
11.7
3.8
4.5
5.5
6.7
7.2
6.7
7.2
5.7
6.7
6.6

C.L.F.
154,022.0
12,525.6
83.8
135.7
948.2
188.6
163.1
117.3
219.0
3,314.3
2,215.4
1,098.9
329.2
2,996.6
171.1
101.1
113.1
149.8
317.3
85.5
80.4
56.6
1,011.2
59.2
67.2
104.5
62.2
116.4
73.3

September2011
Emp. Unemp.
140,502.0 13,520.0
11,523.0
1,002.6
78.3
5.5
128.1
7.6
881.8
66.4
167.6
21.0
143.8
19.3
109.5
7.8
201.9
17.1
3,054.3
260.0
2,041.1
174.3
1,013.2
85.7
294.9
34.3
2,751.3
245.3
156.6
14.5
93.0
8.1
105.1
8.0
140.4
9.4
279.7
37.6
81.7
3.8
75.9
4.5
53.0
3.6
933.5
77.7
54.3
4.9
62.2
5.0
96.2
8.3
58.0
4.2
107.6
8.8
68.1
5.2

Rate
8.8
8.0
6.6
5.6
7.0
11.1
11.8
6.7
7.8
7.8
7.9
7.8
10.4
8.2
8.5
8.0
7.1
6.3
11.8
4.4
5.6
6.4
7.7
8.3
7.5
7.9
6.7
7.6
7.1

All estimates are subject to revision. Estimates reflect actual (not seasonally adjusted) data. Civilian Labor Force (C.L.F.) includes wage and salary workers, self-employed, unpaid family, domestics in
private households, agricultural workers, workers involved in labor disputes and the unemployed, all by place of residence. Employment and Unemployment data are first rounded then added together
to derive the rounded CLF total. Because of this rounding technique, this rounded total of the CLF may not agree with a rounding of the CLF total itself. Percent Unemployed is based upon unrounded
Labor Force, Employment and Unemployment numbers. Estimates of the TWC are in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Beginning with January 2005 estimates,
definitions of the MSAs were updated to reflect the 2000 Census-based configurations. Please see www.tracer2.com for details on these changes. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA is comprised
of the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division (MD) and the Fort Worth-Arlington MD.

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TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

T E X A S

OCTOBER 2012

L A B O R

M A R K E T

R E V I E W

UnemploymentRatesforTexasCounties
County
Anderson
Andrews
Angelina
Aransas
Archer
Armstrong
Atascosa
Austin
Bailey
Bandera
Bastrop
Baylor
Bee
Bell
Bexar
Blanco
Borden
Bosque
Bowie
Brazoria
Brazos
Brewster
Briscoe
Brooks
Brown
Burleson
Burnet
Caldwell
Calhoun
Callahan
Cameron
Camp
Carson
Cass
Castro
Chambers
Cherokee
Childress
Clay
Cochran
Coke
Coleman
Collin
Collingsworth
Colorado
Comal
Comanche
Concho
Cooke
Coryell
Cottle
Crane
Crockett
Crosby
Culberson
Dallam
Dallas
Dawson
DeafSmith
Delta
Denton
DeWitt
Dickens
Dimmit

Sep
2012
7.4
3.5
6.3
5.8
4.3
3.9
6.0
5.5
5.8
5.6
5.5
4.5
6.5
6.8
6.1
5.3
3.0
7.0
6.2
6.3
5.4
4.1
5.6
6.7
5.5
5.9
5.0
6.4
6.1
4.9
10.2
7.4
4.0
8.7
4.7
6.8
7.4
4.8
5.2
7.5
5.8
5.7
5.7
4.6
5.6
5.6
5.2
6.9
4.2
8.4
6.2
4.8
3.9
6.2
3.1
3.7
6.7
6.5
4.4
7.6
5.6
4.6
9.0
4.3

Aug
2012
8.3
4.0
7.0
6.2
4.9
4.3
7.0
6.3
6.7
6.1
6.2
5.1
7.3
7.5
6.8
5.7
2.8
7.7
6.9
7.1
6.1
4.9
6.0
8.3
6.1
6.4
5.4
7.0
6.8
5.2
11.1
7.9
4.8
9.4
5.4
8.4
8.2
5.2
5.4
8.3
6.6
6.1
6.3
5.1
5.7
6.2
5.8
7.4
4.6
9.0
6.2
5.6
4.2
6.6
3.4
4.0
7.4
7.1
4.9
7.3
6.3
5.2
9.5
5.1

Sep
2011
9.2
5.0
7.9
8.0
6.3
5.7
7.9
8.4
7.0
6.9
8.1
6.3
8.7
8.3
7.8
6.2
3.8
8.5
7.9
8.4
6.5
5.3
7.0
8.9
7.3
7.0
6.4
8.9
8.7
6.2
11.8
8.9
5.0
10.6
5.6
9.3
9.1
6.1
6.2
9.2
7.0
6.9
7.1
5.3
7.4
6.9
6.7
7.8
5.4
9.6
6.8
7.3
5.3
9.9
3.9
4.7
8.4
8.3
5.7
8.3
6.9
6.6
13.4
6.6

Monthly
Change
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.4
0.2
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.2
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.1
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
0.0
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
0.3
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.8

YearAgo
Change
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ2.9
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.6
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.5
Ͳ2.6
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ2.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ2.5
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ3.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ4.4
Ͳ2.3

County
Donley
Duval
Eastland
Ector
Edwards
Ellis
ElPaso
Erath
Falls
Fannin
Fayette
Fisher
Floyd
Foard
FortBend
Franklin
Freestone
Frio
Gaines
Galveston
Garza
Gillespie
Glasscock
Goliad
Gonzales
Gray
Grayson
Gregg
Grimes
Guadalupe
Hale
Hall
Hamilton
Hansford
Hardeman
Hardin
Harris
Harrison
Hartley
Haskell
Hays
Hemphill
Henderson
Hidalgo
Hill
Hockley
Hood
Hopkins
Houston
Howard
Hudspeth
Hunt
Hutchinson
Irion
Jack
Jackson
Jasper
JeffDavis
Jefferson
JimHogg
JimWells
Johnson
Jones
Karnes

Sep
2012
5.1
6.4
5.3
3.9
7.0
6.2
8.7
5.2
8.2
8.1
4.5
5.1
6.3
5.1
5.7
6.0
5.3
5.1
4.3
7.1
5.6
4.0
3.6
5.1
4.3
4.7
6.6
5.6
6.2
5.5
5.8
7.3
4.9
3.6
4.6
7.7
6.3
6.5
3.8
4.9
5.2
2.2
6.8
10.5
6.2
4.5
5.4
5.8
9.1
5.7
5.1
7.6
5.2
3.9
4.3
4.9
9.3
5.1
10.2
4.5
4.6
6.1
5.7
6.7

Aug
2012
6.1
7.1
6.2
4.5
7.5
7.0
9.5
5.9
8.9
8.9
4.9
5.7
6.9
5.4
6.3
6.4
5.7
5.9
4.9
7.9
6.2
4.3
4.3
5.6
4.8
5.2
7.2
6.0
6.8
6.0
6.8
7.9
5.3
4.1
5.2
8.5
7.0
7.1
4.3
5.4
5.8
2.5
7.5
11.7
6.9
5.1
6.0
6.4
9.7
6.5
5.6
8.4
5.9
3.8
4.8
5.6
10.1
5.5
11.3
5.1
5.3
6.8
6.3
7.4

Sep
2011
6.2
8.7
7.1
5.6
6.8
8.2
10.4
6.3
10.0
10.1
6.0
6.5
8.0
6.6
7.5
7.4
6.6
7.3
5.6
9.2
7.5
5.0
4.5
5.5
5.7
5.9
8.3
7.0
8.1
7.0
7.3
9.0
6.0
4.6
5.8
9.5
8.3
7.9
4.7
5.2
6.9
2.7
8.5
11.8
8.4
5.8
7.2
6.7
11.1
7.4
6.6
8.7
6.7
5.9
5.3
6.4
11.5
5.4
11.4
6.3
6.6
7.5
8.3
8.7

Monthly
Change
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
0.1
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7

YearAgo
Change
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ2.3
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.7
0.2
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.6
Ͳ2.0

Estimates of the TWC are in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Estimates reflect actual (not seasonally adjusted) data. All estimates are subject to revision.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

11

T E X A S

L A B O R

M A R K E T

OCTOBER 2012

R E V I E W

UnemploymentRatesforTexasCounties(continued)
County
Kaufman
Kendall
Kenedy
Kent
Kerr
Kimble
King
Kinney
Kleberg
Knox
Lamar
Lamb
Lampasas
LaSalle
Lavaca
Lee
Leon
Liberty
Limestone
Lipscomb
LiveOak
Llano
Loving
Lubbock
Lynn
McCulloch
McLennan
McMullen
Madison
Marion
Martin
Mason
Matagorda
Maverick
Medina
Menard
Midland
Milam
Mills
Mitchell
Montague
Montgomery
Moore
Morris
Motley
Nacogdoches
Navarro
Newton
Nolan
Nueces
Ochiltree
Oldham
Orange
PaloPinto
Panola
Parker
Parmer
Pecos
Polk
Potter
Presidio
Rains
Randall
Reagan

Sep
2012
6.5
5.3
4.1
4.6
5.4
5.4
4.7
6.6
5.2
5.1
8.5
6.0
6.2
4.0
4.4
4.5
6.1
8.1
5.8
3.3
4.2
6.3
10.0
5.0
5.9
5.0
6.0
2.2
6.7
7.5
4.0
4.0
9.2
10.5
6.1
6.1
3.3
7.4
5.0
5.8
4.7
5.7
3.9
8.8
4.9
5.9
7.5
11.4
4.9
5.7
3.2
4.9
9.9
5.8
5.2
5.6
4.4
4.3
7.7
5.2
13.1
7.2
3.8
2.2

Aug
2012
7.5
5.8
5.3
5.0
5.9
5.8
5.1
7.3
6.2
5.8
8.7
6.8
6.6
4.6
4.8
4.9
6.7
9.1
6.5
3.7
4.6
6.7
9.8
5.8
6.8
5.4
6.7
2.8
7.4
8.0
4.6
4.5
10.3
11.7
6.6
6.4
3.8
8.1
5.5
6.6
5.4
6.3
4.3
9.6
5.0
6.7
8.2
12.4
5.6
6.4
3.5
5.1
10.5
6.3
5.8
6.1
5.0
4.6
8.6
6.0
14.2
7.7
4.4
2.5

Sep
2011
8.2
6.6
7.5
5.8
6.7
6.6
4.8
8.0
6.8
5.8
10.1
7.2
7.6
6.0
5.7
6.0
7.7
10.2
7.6
4.7
5.5
8.0
9.3
6.2
7.6
5.8
7.6
4.0
8.2
9.5
5.3
5.1
11.3
12.3
7.9
6.5
4.4
9.5
6.4
8.3
5.9
7.2
4.7
11.5
6.2
6.9
8.8
13.9
6.6
7.6
4.2
4.8
11.4
7.5
6.9
7.0
5.2
5.2
9.8
6.5
13.0
8.9
4.8
3.3

Monthly
Change
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.2
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.4
0.2
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.1
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.2
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.3

YearAgo
Change
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ3.4
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.7
0.7
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.5
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ2.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.0
0.1
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.3
0.1
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.1

County
Real
RedRiver
Reeves
Refugio
Roberts
Robertson
Rockwall
Runnels
Rusk
Sabine
SanAugustine
SanJacinto
SanPatricio
SanSaba
Schleicher
Scurry
Shackelford
Shelby
Sherman
Smith
Somervell
Starr
Stephens
Sterling
Stonewall
Sutton
Swisher
Tarrant
Taylor
Terrell
Terry
Throckmorton
Titus
TomGreen
Travis
Trinity
Tyler
Upshur
Upton
Uvalde
ValVerde
VanZandt
Victoria
Walker
Waller
Ward
Washington
Webb
Wharton
Wheeler
Wichita
Wilbarger
Willacy
Williamson
Wilson
Winkler
Wise
Wood
Yoakum
Young
Zapata
Zavala

Sep
2012
6.4
9.7
8.7
4.4
3.1
7.4
5.7
6.5
6.2
14.4
10.1
7.5
7.0
6.8
4.1
4.1
2.7
6.2
4.3
6.5
5.9
13.0
5.3
2.8
3.6
3.1
5.3
6.2
5.0
6.9
6.2
3.7
6.7
4.9
5.3
7.4
9.9
5.5
3.4
7.2
6.9
6.1
5.0
6.5
6.5
4.3
4.8
6.4
6.3
3.4
6.1
4.3
13.2
5.5
5.4
4.4
5.7
6.9
3.2
4.9
5.9
13.6

Aug
2012
6.5
10.5
9.6
4.9
3.4
7.8
6.3
7.4
6.8
15.1
10.7
8.3
7.6
7.6
4.8
4.7
3.1
7.2
5.2
7.2
6.7
14.7
5.9
3.3
3.8
3.5
5.9
6.9
5.6
7.5
6.8
4.2
7.5
5.5
5.9
8.1
10.6
6.0
3.6
8.3
7.7
6.7
5.5
7.4
7.7
4.8
5.5
7.0
7.2
3.8
6.8
5.0
13.9
5.9
6.3
4.9
6.9
7.5
3.7
5.4
6.6
14.8

Sep
2011
7.7
11.9
11.3
6.0
3.6
8.5
7.1
9.9
7.2
15.5
11.9
9.2
9.1
7.6
6.0
5.5
4.3
7.5
5.1
7.9
8.0
14.9
7.5
3.9
5.0
4.4
6.6
7.9
6.4
8.1
7.5
5.4
8.0
6.4
6.9
9.4
11.8
7.2
4.6
9.1
8.5
7.6
6.4
8.1
8.4
6.4
6.2
8.0
8.4
4.0
7.3
5.5
15.3
7.1
7.5
5.8
7.0
8.3
4.7
6.3
8.2
15.9

Monthly
Change
Ͳ0.1
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.3
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.2
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.2
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.4
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.2

YearAgo
Change
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ2.6
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ3.4
Ͳ1.0
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.8
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ2.2
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ2.0
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ2.3
Ͳ2.3

Estimates of the TWC are in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Estimates reflect actual (not seasonally adjusted) data. All estimates are subject to revision.

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TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

T E X A S

OCTOBER 2012

L A B O R

M A R K E T

R E V I E W

UnemploymentRatesforTexasCities
City

Sep Aug Sep Monthly YearAgo
2012 2012 2011 Change Change

Sep Aug Sep Monthly YearAgo
2012 2012 2011 Change Change

City

Sep Aug Sep Monthly YearAgo
2012 2012 2011 Change Change

City

Abilene

5.1

5.8

6.7

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.6

Garland

6.3

6.9

8.3

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ2.0

Paris

9.8

9.8 11.0

0.0

Ͳ1.2

Allen

5.4

5.9

6.7

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.3

Georgetown

5.6

6.3

7.0

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.4

Pasadena

7.4

8.5

9.6

Ͳ1.1

Ͳ2.2

Amarillo

4.4

5.0

5.5

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.1

GrandPrairie

6.4

7.1

7.7

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.3

Pearland

4.7

5.3

6.7

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ2.0

Arlington

6.0

6.8

7.8

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.8

Grapevine

5.4

5.7

6.7

Ͳ0.3

Ͳ1.3

Pflugerville

4.6

5.2

6.0

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.4

Austin

5.0

5.6

6.5

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.5

Greenville

8.9

9.7

8.5

Ͳ0.8

0.4

Pharr

9.0

9.9 10.2

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.2

Baytown

9.5 11.1 11.1

Ͳ1.6

Ͳ1.6

HaltomCity

6.1

6.6

7.2

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.1

Plano

5.6

6.2

7.0

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.4

Beaumont

8.5

9.4 10.6

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ2.1

HarkerHeights

6.2

6.9

7.5

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.3

PortArthur

15.2 17.1 15.3

Ͳ1.9

Ͳ0.1

Bedford

5.5

5.7

6.8

Ͳ0.2

Ͳ1.3

Harlingen

8.8

9.4 10.7

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.9

Richardson

5.5

6.0

7.1

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.6

6.0

6.8

7.9

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.9

Houston

6.4

7.1

8.4

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ2.0

Rockwall

5.0

5.8

6.7

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.7

10.5 11.6 12.0

Ͳ1.1

Ͳ1.5

Huntsville

6.6

7.7

8.3

Ͳ1.1

Ͳ1.7

Rosenberg

5.6

6.4

8.2

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ2.6

BigSpring
Brownsville
Bryan

5.4

6.0

6.6

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.2

Hurst

6.0

6.2

7.3

Ͳ0.2

Ͳ1.3

RoundRock

5.2

5.7

6.6

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.4

Burleson

5.1

5.6

6.7

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.6

Irving

5.8

6.3

7.3

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.5

Rowlett

6.3

6.8

7.9

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.6

Carrollton

5.6

6.2

7.1

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.5

Keller

5.2

5.6

6.6

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ1.4

SanAngelo

4.9

5.6

6.4

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.5

CedarHill

7.0

7.6

8.7

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.7

Killeen

7.5

8.3

9.1

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.6

SanAntonio

6.0

6.7

7.7

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.7

CedarPark

5.2

5.7

6.7

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.5

Kingsville

5.0

6.0

6.6

Ͳ1.0

Ͳ1.6

SanBenito

9.7 10.6 11.5

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.8

Cleburne

6.2

6.8

7.9

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.7

Kyle

4.3

4.9

5.7

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.4

SanJuan

10.0 11.9 11.4

Ͳ1.9

Ͳ1.4

CollegeStation

5.4

6.4

6.5

Ͳ1.0

Ͳ1.1

LakeJackson

6.0

6.4

7.5

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ1.5

SanMarcos

4.7

5.6

5.8

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.1

Conroe

5.3

6.1

7.0

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.7

Lancaster

8.5

9.1 10.6

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ2.1

Schertz

5.2

5.5

6.5

Ͳ0.3

Ͳ1.3

Coppell

5.7

6.1

6.8

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ1.1

LaPorte

6.7

8.1

8.7

Ͳ1.4

Ͳ2.0

Seguin

5.8

6.1

7.9

Ͳ0.3

Ͳ2.1

CopperasCove

7.4

7.8

8.1

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ0.7

Laredo

6.1

6.7

7.6

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.5

Sherman

6.7

7.5

8.2

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.5

CorpusChristi

5.4

6.1

7.3

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.9

LeagueCity

5.3

6.2

7.5

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ2.2

Socorro

9.5 10.4 11.9

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ2.4

Corsicana

8.1

8.8

8.8

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ0.7

Leander

4.4

4.7

5.6

Ͳ0.3

Ͳ1.2

Southlake

5.3

6.0

6.8

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.5

Dallas

6.9

7.5

8.5

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.6

Lewisville

5.1

5.8

6.5

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.4

SugarLand

4.5

5.1

6.3

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.8

DeerPark

6.2

6.9

7.9

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.7

LittleElm

3.7

4.4

5.3

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.6

Temple

5.4

6.1

6.9

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.5

DelRio

6.6

7.4

8.2

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.6

Longview

5.7

6.1

7.2

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ1.5

Texarkana

6.5

7.3

7.9

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.4

Denton

5.0

5.7

6.3

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.3

Lubbock

4.9

5.7

6.2

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.3

TexasCity

9.2 10.1 10.8

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.6

DeSoto

7.2

7.9

9.5

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ2.3

Lufkin

6.3

7.0

8.5

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ2.2

TheColony

6.3

6.9

7.9

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.6

Duncanville

7.3

8.0

8.7

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.4

McAllen

7.1

7.8

8.1

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.0

Tyler

6.5

7.4

8.1

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.6

10.7 11.6 12.4

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.7

McKinney

5.9

6.9

7.2

Ͳ1.0

Ͳ1.3

UniversityPark

5.6

6.3

6.9

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.6

EaglePass
Edinburg

7.4

8.6

8.7

Ͳ1.2

Ͳ1.3

Mansfield

5.2

6.0

6.6

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.4

Victoria

4.9

5.5

6.5

Ͳ0.6

ElPaso

8.0

8.8

9.7

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.7

Mesquite

6.4

7.0

8.2

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.8

Waco

6.6

7.5

8.2

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.6

Euless

5.8

5.9

7.2

Ͳ0.1

Ͳ1.4

Midland

3.3

3.7

4.5

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ1.2

Waxahachie

6.0

6.9

8.4

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ2.4

FarmersBranch

6.0

6.8

7.7

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.7

Mission

8.1

9.0

9.5

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.4

Weatherford

5.8

6.0

6.8

Ͳ0.2

Ͳ1.0

FlowerMound

5.2

5.7

6.4

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.2

MissouriCity

6.4

6.9

8.1

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.7

Weslaco

10.8 12.4 13.1

Ͳ1.6

Ͳ2.3

FortWorth

6.4

7.1

8.1

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.7

Nacogdoches

6.1

7.0

7.1

Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.0

WichitaFalls

6.3

7.1

7.7

Ͳ0.8

Ͳ1.4

Friendswood

5.4

5.9

7.7

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ2.3

NewBraunfels

5.0

5.4

6.1

Ͳ0.4

Ͳ1.1

Wylie

5.6

6.2

6.8

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.2

Frisco

4.9

5.4

5.8

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ0.9

NorthRichlandHills

5.6

6.1

7.1

Ͳ0.5

Ͳ1.5

Galveston

7.6

8.3

9.2

Ͳ0.7

Ͳ1.6

Odessa

3.9

4.5

5.6

Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.7

UnemploymentRatesforTexasWDAs
Monthly YearAgo
Change
Change

Sep
2012

Aug
2012

Sep
2011

Monthly YearAgo
Change
Change

WDA

Sep
2012

Aug
2012

Sep
2011

Alamo
BrazosValley
CameronCounty

6.0
5.6
10.2

6.6
6.3
11.1

7.6
6.8
11.8

Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.9

Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.2
Ͳ1.6

MiddleRioGrande
NorthCentralTexas
NorthEastTexas

8.0
5.8
7.1

9.0
6.5
7.7

9.9
7.2
8.7

Ͳ1.0
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.6

CapitalArea
CentralTexas
CoastalBend
ConchoValley
Dallas
DeepEastTexas
EastTexas
GoldenCrescent
GulfCoast
HeartOfTexas
LowerRioGrandeValley

5.3
7.0
5.7
4.7
6.7
7.5
6.4
5.0
6.3
6.1
10.7

5.9
7.6
6.4
5.3
7.4
8.3
7.0
5.5
7.0
6.8
12.0

6.9
8.4
7.6
6.1
8.4
9.2
7.9
6.5
8.2
7.8
12.2

Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ1.3

Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.5
Ͳ1.9
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.5

NorthTexas
Panhandle
PermianBasin
RuralCapital
SouthEastTexas
SouthPlains
SouthTexas
TarrantCounty
Texoma
UpperRioGrande
WestCentralTexas

5.4
4.4
4.0
5.4
9.8
5.1
6.3
6.2
6.2
8.6
5.1

6.1
5.0
4.5
5.9
10.7
5.9
7.0
6.9
6.8
9.4
5.7

6.7
5.5
5.4
7.1
11.1
6.5
7.9
7.9
7.9
10.3
6.7

Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.5
Ͳ0.9
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.7
Ͳ0.6
Ͳ0.8
Ͳ0.6

Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.1
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.3
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ1.6
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.7
Ͳ1.6

WDA

Estimates of the TWC are in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Estimates reflect actual (not seasonally adjusted) data. All estimates are subject to revision.

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

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T E X A S

L A B O R

M A R K E T

OCTOBER 2012

R E V I E W

Unemployment Rates by WDA
September 2012
Dallam

Hansford

Ochiltree

Lipscomb

Hutchinson

Roberts

Hemphill

Carson

Gray

Wheeler

Donley

Collingsworth

Hall

Childress

Sherman

Hartley

Moore

Oldham

Potter

1

Deaf Smith

Parmer

Castro

Bailey

Armstrong

Randall

Swisher

Lamb

Hale

Briscoe

Floyd

Motley

Hardeman

Cottle

Wilbarger
Foard
Cochran Hockley

Yoakum

Hudspeth

Culberson

Loving

Reeves

Winkler

Ector

Lynn

Dawson

Martin

Crane

Borden

Kent

Scurry

Howard

Fisher

Mitchell

Glasscock

Sterling

Nolan

Haskell

Jones

9
Taylor

Throckmorton

Shackelford

Callahan

Upton

Young

Denton

4

Eastland

Delta

Tarrant

Johnson

Hood

Coke

Runnels

Coleman

12
Schleicher

Sutton

Terrell

Llano

15

Edwards

Uvalde

27
Maverick

Middle Rio Grande-27
North Central Texas-4
North East Texas-7
North Texas-3
Panhandle-1
Permian Basin-11
Rural Capital-15
South East Texas-18
South Plains-2
South Texas-21
Tarrant County-5
Texoma-25
Upper Rio Grande-10
West Central Texas-9

14

Bexar

Medina

20

Gonzales

Frio

Orange

28

Jefferson

Chambers

Galveston

19

Wharton

Brazoria

Jackson

Karnes

Matagorda
Victoria
Goliad

LaSalle

Bee

Mc
Mullen

Calhoun
Refugio

Live
Oak

Webb
Duval

21

22

Jim
Wells

San
Patricio
Nueces

Kleberg
Zapata

Jim
Hogg

Starr

Brooks

23

Aransas

Unemployment Rates
Texas: 6.3%*

Kenedy

Willacy

Hidalgo

24

Cameron

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) Program *Not Seasonally Adjusted
Prepared by the Labor Market and Career Information Department, TWC (10/19/2012)

14

18

Fort Bend

Lavaca

Wilson

Atascosa
Dimmit

Harris

Colorado

Guadalupe

Liberty

Montgomery

Austin

Fayette

Caldwell

DeWitt
Zavala

Hardin
Washington

Bastrop

Kendall

Tyler

Sabine

Jasper

17

San
Jacinto

Grimes

Lee

Travis

Comal

Polk

Walker

Brazos
Burleson

Bandera
Kinney

Madison

Waller

Real

Trinity

16

Milam

Hays

Shelby

Angelina

Williamson

Blanco

Kerr

Panola

Nacogdoches

Freestone

Robertson

Bell

Kimble

Rusk

Leon

Burnet

Gillespie
Val Verde

Limestone

Falls

Lampasas

Menard

8

Houston

26

San
Saba

Gregg

Cherokee

Anderson

Coryell
Mc
Culloch

Marion
Harrison

Smith

Navarro

McLennan

Concho

Cass

Camp

Newton

Crockett

Hamilton

Bowie

Titus

Upshur
Van
Zandt

Ellis

13

Comanche

7

Kaufman

Henderson

Bosque

Mills

Rains Wood

Rockwall

Dallas

5 6

Erath

Hunt
Hopkins

Parker

Stephens Palo
Pinto

Red River

Fannin

Collin

Hill

Mason

Alamo-20
Brazos Valley-16
Cameron County-24
Capital Area-14
Central Texas-26
Coastal Bend-22
Concho Valley-12
Dallas-6
Deep East Texas-17
East Texas-8
Golden Crescent-19
Gulf Coast-28
Heart Of Texas-13
Lower Rio Grande Valley-23

Wise

Lamar

Grayson

25

Cooke

San Augustine

Jeff Davis

Brewster

Montague

Jack

Tom Green

Reagan

Pecos

Presidio

Clay

3

Archer

Brown

Irion

10

Stonewall

Baylor

Somervell
Midland

11

Ward

Garza

Wichita

Knox

Morris

El Paso

King

Franklin

Andrews

Dickens

Crosby

2

Terry

Gaines

Lubbock

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

0.0% to 5.1%
5.2% to 5.7%
5.8% to 6.2%
6.3% to 7.5%
7.6% and over

(6)
(5)
(5)
(7)
(5)

OCTOBER 2012

T E X A S

L A B O R

M A R K E T

R E V I E W

GLOSSARY OF LABOR MARKET TERMS
Actual or Not Seasonally Adjusted - This term is used to describe data series
not subject to the seasonal adjustment process. In other words, the effects of
regular, or seasonal, patterns have not been removed from these series.
Civilian Labor Force (CLF) - Is that portion of the population age 16 and
older who are employed or unemployed. To be considered unemployed,
a person has to be not working but willing and able to work and actively
seeking work.
Consumer Price Index (CPI) - Is a measure of the average change over
time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer
goods and services. The CPI provides a way for consumers to compare what
the market basket of goods and services costs this month with what the same
market basket cost a month or a year ago.
Current Employment Statistics (CES) - A monthly survey of nonfarm
business establishments used to collect wage and salary employment,
workers hours, and payroll, by industry and area. It is sometimes known as
Nonagricultural Employment.
Employed (Emp) - Persons 16 years and over in the civilian noninstitutional
population who, during the reference week, (a) did any work at all (at least
1 hour) as paid employees, worked in their own business, profession, or on
their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise
operated by a member of the family, and (b) all those who were not working
but who had jobs or businesses from which they were temporarily absent
because of vacation, illness, bad weather, childcare problems, maternity
or paternity leave, labor-management dispute, job training, or other family
or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were
seeking other jobs. Each employed person is counted only once, even if he
or she holds more than one job.
Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) - The Federal/State
cooperative program which produces employment and unemployment

estimates for states and local areas. These estimates are developed by State
Employment Security Agencies in accordance with Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS) definitions and procedures. Data is used for planning and budgetary
purposes as an indication of need for employment and training services
programs. Estimates are also used to allocate Federal funds.
Metropolitan Division (MD) - A Metropolitan Statistical Area which contains
a single core with a population of 2.5 million or more may be subdivided
into smaller groupings of counties referred to as Metropolitan Divisions.
Titles of Metropolitan Divisions are typically based on principal city names.
Texas has two Metropolitan Divisions, the Dallas-Plano-Irving MD and the
Fort Worth-Arlington MD, which combine to form the Dallas-Fort WorthArlington MSA.
Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) - A geographic area that contains at
least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population plus adjacent territory
that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core urban
area. An MSA in Texas is made up of one or more counties. The U.S. Office
of Management and Budget defines metropolitan areas according to published
standards that are applied to Census Bureau data. Texas has 25 MSAs and
two Metropolitan Divisions (MD).
Seasonally Adjusted (SA) - Seasonal adjustment removes the effects of
events that follow a more or less regular pattern each year. These adjustments
make it easier to observe the cyclical and other non-seasonal movements in
a data series.
Unemployed (Unemp) - Persons 16 years and over who had no employment
during the reference week, were available for work, except for temporary
illness, and had made specific efforts to find employment sometime during
the 4-week period ending with the reference week. Persons who were waiting
to be recalled to a job from which they had been laid off need not have been
looking for work to be classified as unemployed.

HAPPENINGS AROUND THE STATE
Furniture Mart Breaks Ground
CARROLLTON, TX (Carrollton Leader)—More than 4,000 construction
jobs and 2,000 retail positions are coming to North Texas within the next
two years. Nebraska Furniture Mart broke ground this month in The Colony.
The 1.86-million-square-foot development will be part of the largest retail
and entertainment destination of its kind in North America. Officials said
Nebraska Furniture Mart is expected to attract more than 8 million visitors
from more than 200 miles away and generate more than $600 million in
sales annually.
The Colony City Manager Troy Powell said, “One year after this store is
open; it will have [generated] $5.4 million [for the city] that is cold, hard
cash we can spend on police, fire, and city operations.” The 90-acre location
will be home to other retailers. The Texas store will be the company’s third
store in the nation, as well as its largest. Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas
will include a 560,000-square-foot state of the art retail showroom and a
1.3-million-square-foot distribution center.
Hospital Expansion to Add Jobs
El PASO, TX (KFOXTV.com)—Sierra Providence Medical Center East is
planning to expand, doubling its size. The hospital plans to hire 40 new
full-time people right away. That translates into $2.7 million in salaries.
Eventually the hospital will hire 269 full-time employees, which translates
into $17 million in salaries.
City council representative Mike Noe indicates the effects will be felt on all
sides of town. “East side nurses, East side ancillary staff now won’t have to
drive to Central or the West side to work. These people will be able to work

right here on the East side. Keeping these people (in East El Paso) instead
of traveling I-10 and getting some of those cars off I-10 is important to me,”
Noe said. East El Paso resident Gregory Austin said, “Well it’s going to
boost the economy. It’s going to help with the job market so it’s going to
help out a lot.”
Walmart Hiring 250 for New Store
HOUSTON, TX (Houston Chronicle)—Walmart is opening a new location
in the Heights area and hiring 250 full- and part-time associates before the
grand opening. They plan to eventually employ 300 Houstonians for the
store, approximately 50 of which will transfer from other stores. Employees
are needed to work in all areas of the new store located at Yale and I-10 just
northwest of downtown Houston. The majority of associates will begin work
to help prepare the store for its grand opening in the fall.
SecureNet Plans Austin Center
AUSTIN, TX (Austin American-Statesman--Kirk Ladendorf)—SecureNet
Payment Systems, a Maryland-based company that develops paymentprocessing technology, says it is establishing a technology and innovation
center in Austin that could employ 200 people in the next year. CEO, Brent
Warrington, who lives in Austin, said the company will relocate some workers
from its headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, but primarily will hire locally
to fill a range of technical and non-technical jobs. The company expects to
move into new offices in the Riata development in Northwest Austin. “This
is a great place to build a technology business. Austin has a deep technical
talent pool,” Warrington said.

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LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

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INDICAT O RS

Texas Labor Market Review
Labor Market & Career Information

TexasUnemploymentRate
Actual(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
SEP
2012
6.3%
AUG
2012
7.0%
SEP
2011
8.0%

SEP
AUG
SEP

SeasonallyAdjusted
2012
6.8%
2012
7.1%
2011
7.9%

U.S.UnemploymentRate
Actual(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
SEP
2012
7.6%
AUG
2012
8.2%
SEP
2011
8.8%

SEP
AUG
SEP

SeasonallyAdjusted
2012
7.8%
2012
8.1%
2011
9.0%

TexasNonagriculturalWage&SalaryEmployment
NotSeasonallyAdjusted
SEP
2012
10,860,500
AUG
2012
10,802,300
SEP
2011
10,595,800
OTMChange
58,200
OTYChange
264,700

SeasonallyAdjusted
SEP
2012
10,857,600
AUG
2012
10,836,600
SEP
2011
10,594,900
OTMChange
21,000
OTYChange
262,700

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UnemploymentInsuranceClaimsFiled
SEP
AUG
SEP

InitialClaims
2012
2012
2011

71,936
85,528
78,034

SEP
AUG
SEP

ConsumerPriceIndex(CPI)
AnnualChange
U.S.
DallasͲFortWorth
HoustonͲGalveston

SEP2012
SEP2012
AUG2012

ContinuedClaims
2012
725,941
2012
744,058
2011
747,606

PersonnelSupply
2.0%
2.3%
0.7%

SEP
2012
AUG
2012
SEP
2011
OTMChange
OTYChange

278,700
273,700
267,500
5,000
11,200

WestTexasIntermediateCrudeOil($/barrel)
SEP
AUG
SEP

2012
2012
2011

$94.72
$94.16
$85.61

OTMChange
OTYChange

$0.56
$9.11

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