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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 . . . . . . . . . 8
County Unemployment Rates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
City & WDA Unemployment Rates . . . . . . . . . 10
Texas Hours and Earnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
“Happenings Around the State” . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
(Seasonally Adjusted)

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otal Nonagricultural Employment in Texas lost momentum after
a revised gain of 19,300 jobs in September as the series showed
an increase of 2,500 positions in October. Leisure and Hospitality
reported the largest growth of the five major industries in Texas that
expanded over the month, while Construction experienced the largest
over-the-month decline. Total Nonagricultural Employment has
expanded by 231,600 jobs over the year to reach an estimated level
of 10,616,500 positions. The annual growth rate for the series fell
from 2.4 percent in September to 2.2 percent in October, remaining
above the 2.0 percent level for the fifth consecutive month.
Leisure and Hospitality shook off two consecutive months of job
declines with a jump of 14,900 positions in October. This was the third
over-the-month expansion of 10,000 jobs or more seen in the industry
this year. As a result, annual growth in Leisure and Hospitality
climbed to 35,600 positions in October, which brought the annual
growth rate for the industry back up to 3.5 percent. The Leisure and
Hospitality industry includes hotels and motels along with restaurants
and amusement and theme parks.

Employment in Other Services moved up by 2,900 positions in
October, marking four straight months of increased employment in the
industry. The industry has experienced nearly uninterrupted growth
over the past 15 months, as employment has dropped only once over
the month during that span. The growth rate for employment in
Other Services since October 2010 was 3.4 percent, a rate more than
three times the 1.1 percent annual growth rate seen in the industry in
October the year before.
Financial Activities employment dipped for only the second time this
year in October as the industry shed 400 jobs. This broke a string of
seven straight months of employment growth in the industry. Real
Estate, Rental, and Leasing grew by 1,400 positions over the month,
while Finance and Insurance fell by 1,800 jobs. The annual growth rate
for Financial Activities as a whole crept up to 2.0 percent in October,
representing a gain of 12,700 positions over the year.
MonthlyEmploymentChangewithinManufacturing
(Statewide,SeasonallyAdjusted)
6,000

Education and Health Services employment expanded by more than
6,000 jobs for the third consecutive month in October with the addition
of 6,600 positions. Employment levels in the industry have climbed
in nine of the past 12 months, which maintained annual growth over
that time period at or above 2.3 percent. The estimated employment
level for Education and Health Services climbed to 1,442,100 jobs.

5,000
4,000
3,000
2,000
1,000

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment advanced for the
fourth time in the past five months in October with the addition of
6,500 jobs. Strength within Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities
drove the growth in the major industry overall as that subsector showed
an increase of 3,600 jobs over the month. Trade, Transportation,
and Utilities added 53,900 jobs over the year, for an annual growth
rate of 2.6 percent. Retail Trade continued to account for just over
half of the annual job gains with the addition of 28,100 jobs since
October 2010.
Mining and Logging employment climbed for the 11th time in the
past 12 months with an estimated increase of 4,500 jobs in October.
This major industry has grown by 33,900 jobs since January. Over
the past year, Mining and Logging has expanded at an annual growth
rate of 20.5 percent, which represented the most rapid growth seen in
the series since its inception in 1990. Mining and Logging has now
experienced annual growth rates at or above 15.0 percent each month
since February 2011.

0
Ͳ1,000
Ͳ2,000
DurableGoods
Ͳ3,000

NondurableGoods

Ͳ4,000
Oct'10

Feb'11

Jun'11

Oct'11

Manufacturing dipped slightly for the second straight month as the
industry shed 1,000 jobs in October after having contracted by a
revised 1,300 jobs in September. The majority of the losses were
again in Nondurable Goods, which declined by 1,900 positions in
October after a revised dip of 1,500 jobs in September. Manufacturing
employment climbed by 18,000 jobs on an annual basis for a 2.2
percent annual growth rate, marking 13 straight months of annualized
gains in the industry. Durable Goods accounted for the majority of
the yearly additions by adding 14,600 jobs over that period.

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

NOVEMBER 2011

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

Oct.2011*

Sep.2011

Sep.'11toOct.'11
Absolute
Percent
Change
Change
2,500
0.0
13,500
0.2

Oct.2010

10,616,500 10,614,000 10,384,900
8,814,600 8,801,100 8,528,400

Oct.'10toOct.'11
Absolute
Percent
Change
Change
231,600
2.2
286,200
3.4

254,400
588,900
831,800

249,900
601,700
832,800

211,100
571,400
813,800

4,500
Ͳ12,800
Ͳ1,000

1.8
Ͳ2.1
Ͳ0.1

43,300
17,500
18,000

20.5
3.1
2.2

2,110,800
185,900
632,400
1,344,100
1,442,100
1,049,400
374,800
1,801,900

2,104,300
188,500
632,800
1,349,200
1,435,500
1,034,500
371,900
1,812,900

2,056,900
193,200
619,700
1,285,100
1,400,800
1,013,800
362,600
1,856,500

6,500
Ͳ2,600
Ͳ400
Ͳ5,100
6,600
14,900
2,900
Ͳ11,000

0.3
Ͳ1.4
Ͳ0.1
Ͳ0.4
0.5
1.4
0.8
Ͳ0.6

53,900
Ͳ7,300
12,700
59,000
41,300
35,600
12,200
Ͳ54,600

2.6
Ͳ3.8
2.0
4.6
2.9
3.5
3.4
Ͳ2.9

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)

6.0%

12.0%

5.0%

U.S.

3.0%
8.0%

2.0%
1.0%

6.0%
0.0%
Ͳ1.0%

4.0%

Ͳ2.0%
Ͳ3.0%

NonagriculturalJobs

Ͳ4.0%

CivilianLaborForce

2.0%

JanͲ11

JanͲ10

JanͲ09

JanͲ08

JanͲ07

JanͲ06

JanͲ05

JanͲ04

JanͲ03

JanͲ02

JanͲ01

JanͲ00

JanͲ99

JanͲ98

JanͲ97

JanͲ10

JanͲ11

JanͲ08

JanͲ09

JanͲ06

JanͲ07

JanͲ04

JanͲ05

JanͲ03

JanͲ01

JanͲ02

JanͲ99

JanͲ00

JanͲ97

JanͲ98

JanͲ95

JanͲ96

JanͲ96

0.0%

Ͳ5.0%

JanͲ95

OverͲtheeͲYearPercentChange

Texas

10.0%

4.0%

TEXASANDU.S.CIVILIANLABORFORCEESTIMATES
TEXAS*

UNITEDSTATES** 

NotSeasonallyAdjusted
October
2011
September
2011
October
2010 

CLF
12,367,000
12,371,500
12,172,000

Employment
Unemp.
11,378,100
988,900
11,330,300 1,041,200
11,205,100
966,900

Rate
8.0
8.4
7.9

CLF
Employment
Unemp.
154,088,000 140,987,000 13,102,000
154,022,000 140,502,000 13,520,000
153,652,000 139,749,000 13,903,000

Rate
8.5
8.8
9.0 

SeasonallyAdjusted
October
2011
September
2011
October
2010  

CLF
12,340,000
12,300,200
12,173,000

Employment
Unemp.
11,302,600 1,037,400
11,256,500 1,043,700
11,173,900
999,100

Rate
8.4
8.5
8.2

CLF
Employment
Unemp.
154,198,000 140,302,000 13,897,000
154,017,000 140,025,000 13,992,000
153,960,000 139,084,000 14,876,000

Rate
9.0
9.1
9.7

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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TexasNonagriculturalWageandSalaryEmployment(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
AnnualGrowthRates
6.0%
4.0%
2.0%
0.0% 

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)
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing (NAICS 336) 
FurnitureandRelatedProductManufacturing(NAICS337) 
MiscellaneousManufacturing(NAICS339) 
NondurableGoods 
FoodManufacturing(NAICS311) 
BeverageandTobaccoProductManufacturing(NAICS312) 
PaperManufacturing(NAICS322) 
PrintingandRelatedSupportManufacturing(NAICS323) 
PetroleumandCoalProductsManufacturing(NAICS324) 
ChemicalManufacturing(NAICS325) 
PlasticsandRubberManufacturing(NAICS326)

Oct'11*
10,681,900

Sep'11
10,617,000

Oct'10
10,449,400

8,853,200
1,691,400
256,800
88,500
149,300
598,100
143,600
118,700
335,800
836,500
537,300
18,100
30,800
21,200
122,500
97,600
95,200
16,200
88,300
88 300
21,600
25,800
299,200
89,600
11,100
17,000
26,700
23,800
69,700
37,100

8,820,600
1,693,600
252,500
87,600
146,300
604,700
142,100
120,200
342,400
836,400
536,300
18,300
30,800
21,100
121,700
96,500
95,700
16,100
88,300
88 300
22,100
25,700
300,100
89,200
11,200
17,100
26,900
23,800
69,700
37,200

8,565,300
1,611,700
213,100
82,600
119,400
580,300
134,200
115,000
331,100
818,300
522,600
19,300
32,900
20,100
114,700
87,900
95,800
16,900
85,600
85 600
22,300
27,100
295,700
89,500
11,000
17,500
28,100
24,000
70,900
36,900

Sep'11toOct'11
Change
%Change
64,900
0.6%
32,600
Ͳ2,200
4,300
900
3,000
Ͳ6,600
1,500
Ͳ1,500
Ͳ6,600
100
1,000
Ͳ200
0
100
800
1,100
Ͳ500
100
0
Ͳ500
100
Ͳ900
400
Ͳ100
Ͳ100
Ͳ200
0
0
Ͳ100

0.4%
Ͳ0.1%
1.7%
1.0%
2.1%
Ͳ1.1%
1.1%
Ͳ1.3%
Ͳ1.9%
0.0%
0.2%
Ͳ1.1%
0.0%
0.5%
0.7%
1.1%
Ͳ0.5%
0.6%
0.0%
0 0%
Ͳ2.3%
0.4%
Ͳ0.3%
0.5%
Ͳ0.9%
Ͳ0.6%
Ͳ0.7%
0.0%
0.0%
Ͳ0.3%

JanͲ11

JanͲ10

JanͲ09

JanͲ08

JanͲ07

JanͲ06

JanͲ05

JanͲ04

JanͲ03

JanͲ02

JanͲ01

JanͲ00

JanͲ99

JanͲ98

JanͲ97

JanͲ96

JanͲ95

JanͲ94

JanͲ93

JanͲ92

JanͲ91

Ͳ2.0%
Ͳ4.0%
Ͳ6.0%

Oct'10toOct'11
Change
%Change
232,500
2.2%
287,900
79,700
43,700
5,900
29,900
17,800
9,400
3,700
4,700
18,200
14,700
Ͳ1,200
Ͳ2,100
1,100
7,800
9,700
Ͳ600
Ͳ700
2,700
2 700
Ͳ700
Ͳ1,300
3,500
100
100
Ͳ500
Ͳ1,400
Ͳ200
Ͳ1,200
200

3.4%
5.0%
20.5%
7.1%
25.0%
3.1%
7.0%
3.2%
1.4%
2.2%
2.8%
Ͳ6.2%
Ͳ6.4%
5.5%
6.8%
11.0%
Ͳ0.6%
Ͳ4.1%
3.2%
3 2%
Ͳ3.1%
Ͳ4.8%
1.2%
0.1%
0.9%
Ͳ2.9%
Ͳ5.0%
Ͳ0.8%
Ͳ1.7%
0.5%

StatewideOverͲtheͲMonthChange(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
September2011toOctober2011
40,000
30,000
20,000
10,000
0
Ͳ10,000
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.
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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

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10

8,990,500
7,161,800
2,115,100
514,500
294,200
159,100
1,164,800
153,600
36,100
43,200
90,700
207,400
68,000
72,800
120,500
39,800
254,500
60,000
18,200
435,800
384,300
61,500
114,300
15,800
71,800
34,500
46,700
51,500
186,000
39,600
80,100
24,700
636,400
455,000
240,200
49,800
154,700
181,400
121,500
48,100
1,359,800
583,900
80,500
695,400
669,100
1,448,900
165,100
1,283,800
627,400
294,000
177,900
184,500
1,041,200
108,600
79,300
932,600
110,900
821,700
374,400
114,600
95,100
164,700
1,828,700
198,400
373,900
1,256,400

8,923,400
7,127,000
2,101,500
512,400
293,400
159,100
1,155,400
153,600
35,600
42,400
91,100
208,000
66,800
72,700
117,200
40,000
253,500
56,700
17,800
433,700
382,600
60,800
114,600
15,800
71,000
34,600
46,300
51,100
186,800
39,600
80,800
24,500
635,100
455,100
239,800
49,400
155,300
180,000
120,800
48,200
1,353,400
574,100
79,800
699,500
673,000
1,439,300
157,100
1,282,200
624,600
294,700
177,900
185,000
1,038,500
106,000
78,300
932,500
109,600
822,900
372,400
111,500
96,900
164,000
1,796,400
197,500
366,500
1,232,400

8,837,700
6,953,600
2,061,300
503,600
283,900
155,300
1,136,600
144,000
37,200
44,300
86,200
205,800
66,200
68,100
114,500
38,500
254,700
58,100
19,000
421,100
372,500
59,700
109,700
15,600
69,200
34,200
46,400
48,600
193,300
40,400
85,500
25,300
623,600
453,900
238,600
47,800
157,600
169,700
116,800
50,000
1,299,800
566,800
79,600
653,400
627,900
1,407,200
161,500
1,245,700
586,800
293,100
172,500
193,300
1,006,200
108,300
76,400
897,900
99,900
798,000
362,200
107,000
91,700
163,500
1,884,100
200,200
382,000
1,301,900

Sep'11toOct'11
Change
%Change
0.8%
67,100
34,800
13,600
2,100
800
0
9,400
0
500
800
Ͳ400
Ͳ600
1,200
100
3,300
Ͳ200
1,000
3,300
400
2,100
1,700
700
Ͳ300
0
800
Ͳ100
400
400
Ͳ800
0
Ͳ700
200
1,300
Ͳ100
400
400
Ͳ600
1,400
700
Ͳ100
6,400
9,800
700
Ͳ4,100
Ͳ3,900
9,600
8,000
1,600
2,800
Ͳ700
0
Ͳ500
2,700
2,600
1,000
100
1,300
Ͳ1,200
2,000
3,100
Ͳ1,800
700
32,300
900
7,400
24,000

0.5%
0.7%
0.4%
0.3%
0.0%
0.8%
0.0%
1.4%
1.9%
Ͳ0.4%
Ͳ0.3%
1.8%
0.1%
2.8%
Ͳ0.5%
0.4%
5.8%
2.3%
0.5%
0.4%
1.2%
Ͳ0.3%
0.0%
1.1%
Ͳ0.3%
0.9%
0.8%
Ͳ0.4%
0.0%
Ͳ0.9%
0.8%
0.2%
0.0%
0.2%
0.8%
Ͳ0.4%
0.8%
0.6%
Ͳ0.2%
0.5%
1.7%
0.9%
Ͳ0.6%
Ͳ0.6%
0.7%
5.1%
0.1%
0.5%
Ͳ0.2%
0.0%
Ͳ0.3%
0.3%
2.5%
1.3%
0.0%
1.2%
Ͳ0.2%
0.5%
2.8%
Ͳ1.9%
0.4%
1.8%
0.5%
2.0%
2.0%

Oct'10toOct'11
Change
%Change
1.7%
152,800
208,200
53,800
10,900
10,300
3,800
28,200
9,600
Ͳ1,100
Ͳ1,100
4,500
1,600
1,800
4,700
6,000
1,300
Ͳ200
1,900
Ͳ800
14,700
11,800
1,800
4,600
200
2,600
300
300
2,900
Ͳ7,300
Ͳ800
Ͳ5,400
Ͳ600
12,800
1,100
1,600
2,000
Ͳ2,900
11,700
4,700
Ͳ1,900
60,000
17,100
900
42,000
41,200
41,700
3,600
38,100
40,600
900
5,400
Ͳ8,800
35,000
300
2,900
34,700
11,000
23,700
12,200
7,600
3,400
1,200
Ͳ55,400
Ͳ1,800
Ͳ8,100
Ͳ45,500

3.0%
2.6%
2.2%
3.6%
2.5%
2.5%
6.7%
Ͳ3.0%
Ͳ2.5%
5.2%
0.8%
2.7%
6.9%
5.2%
3.4%
Ͳ0.1%
3.3%
Ͳ4.2%
3.5%
3.2%
3.0%
4.2%
1.3%
3.8%
0.9%
0.7%
6.0%
Ͳ3.8%
Ͳ2.0%
Ͳ6.3%
Ͳ2.4%
2.1%
0.2%
0.7%
4.2%
Ͳ1.8%
6.9%
4.0%
Ͳ3.8%
4.6%
3.0%
1.1%
6.4%
6.6%
3.0%
2.2%
3.1%
6.9%
0.3%
3.1%
Ͳ4.6%
3.5%
0.3%
3.8%
3.9%
11.0%
3.0%
3.4%
7.1%
3.7%
0.7%
Ͳ2.9%
Ͳ0.9%
Ͳ2.1%
Ͳ3.5%

*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)
otal Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment in the Metropolitan
Statistical Areas gained 44,300 jobs in October following the revised
estimate of 46,900 jobs added in September. This October’s boost brought the
current estimated level for the series to 9,515,800 jobs; however, the monthly
gain was smaller when compared to that of the October 2010 increase of 58,900
jobs. The Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA recorded the largest monthly
numeric gain with the addition of 23,300 jobs while the Tyler MSA had the
largest percentage gain with 1.8 percent. Total Nonagricultural Wage and
Salary Employment expanded by 274,500 jobs since January, slightly ahead
of the pace for the same time period in 2010 of 268,200 jobs. Since year-ago
levels, the series has risen by 187,200 jobs for an annual growth rate of 2.0
percent. The rate has ranged from 1.5 percent to 2.2 percent during 2011.
The Victoria MSA led with the highest annual growth rate of 5.5 percent,
followed by the Laredo MSA with 4.3 percent.

T

Government
Monthly Employment Change and Annual Growth Rate
(MSA Total Level, Not Seasonally Adjusted)
80,000

2.0%

60,000

1.5%

40,000

1.0%

20,000

0.5%

0

0.0%
-0.5%

-20,000
-40,000

-1.0%
Monthly Employment Change

-60,000

-1.5%

Annual Growth Rate
-2.0%

-80,000
Oct '10

Feb '11

Jun '11

Oct '11

Following a revised increase of 54,700 jobs in September, Government rose
by 28,000 jobs in October. This was the smallest monthly change recorded
in October since 2006. Most of the seasonal growth for October was noted
in Local Government, which accounted for 84.3 percent of the gain as the
school season reached its peak for the fall semester. Federal Government and
State Government also displayed monthly increases. In the past 12 months,
Government lost 18,400 positions, resulting in an annual growth rate of
-1.1 percent. With this decline, Government has witnessed six consecutive
months of negative annual growth rates, an event not seen during the historical
series, which dates back to 1990. Even with overall negative rates, 12 MSAs

posted positive annual growth rates. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA
demonstrated the largest rate with 3.9 percent, followed by the San Angelo
and the Odessa MSAs with 3.3 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively.
Retail Trade kicked off the holiday shopping season in full swing, jumping in
October by 10,100 jobs. The last time this industry saw a monthly increase of
this magnitude for the month of October was in 2000. The Killeen-TempleFort Hood MSA registered the largest monthly percentage change with 3.4
percent while the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown posted the largest numeric
increase with 5,200 jobs. From year-ago levels, Retail Trade rose by 28,900
jobs. After experiencing negative annual growth rates at various times during
each of the prior three years, Retail Trade continued its stretch of positive
annual growth rates in 2011. The annual growth rate began in January at
1.1 percent and reached its recent peak of 2.9 percent in October. The rate
topped 2.0 percent during five months in 2011. The Corpus Christi and the
Victoria MSAs each posted the highest annual growth rates of 9.5 percent.
The Lubbock MSA followed with 5.1 percent.
Employment in Education and Health Services marked four consecutive
months of job gains as it increased by 8,900 jobs in October. This expansion
surpassed the five-year-average pace of 6,300 jobs as well as the monthly
change of 7,300 jobs in October 2010. However, in the year-to-date
comparisons, the growth in Education and Health Services of 35,200 jobs
since January was smaller when compared to each of the prior seven years
for the same nine-month time period. Over the year, the annual growth rate
for this industry increased slightly to 2.7 percent, accounting for an expansion
of 34,200 jobs. During the first four months of 2011, the rate remained above
3.0 percent. Starting in May, the rates have ranged from 2.3 percent to 2.9
percent. Eight MSAs noted annual growth rates above 3.0 percent while five
of those were above 4.0 percent. The San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA posted
the highest annual growth rate with 6.1 percent. The Lubbock, the Laredo,
the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, and the Midland MSAs registered annual
growth rates between 4.2 percent and 4.9 percent.
Professional and Business Services added 6,000 jobs in October, remaining
slightly behind the five-year-average increase of 7,000 jobs. Monthly
gains have been recorded during eight months thus far in 2011, including
three consecutive months of job growth through October. Since last year,
employment in Professional and Business Services has risen by 39,500 jobs for
an annual growth rate of 3.3 percent. The annual growth rate has been positive
for 19 consecutive months with the most recent peak seen in May 2011 at 4.1
percent. The Victoria MSA, with an annual growth rate of 11.1 percent, led
the remaining areas. The Laredo MSA followed with 7.9 percent.

MetropolitanStatisticalAreaOverͲtheͲMonthEmploymentChange
September2011toOctober2011(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
35,000
30,000
25,000
20,000
15,000
10,000
5,000
0
-5,000
-10,000
-15,000

Mining,Logging, Manufacturing WholesaleTrade
&Construction

RetailTrade

Transportation,
Warehousing,&
Utilities

Information

Financial
Activities

Professional& Education&
HealthServices
Business
Services

Leisure&
Hospitality

OtherServices

Government

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M A R K E T

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R E V I E W

LargestFourMSAsNonagriculturalWageandSalaryEmployment (NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
DALLASͲFT.WORTHͲARLINGTON

DALLASͲPLANOͲIRVINGMD**

HOUSTONͲSUGARLANDͲBAYTOWN

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10 

TOTALNONFARM

2,943,800

2,942,000

2,895,000

2,077,600

2,081,200

2,045,200

2,628,500

2,605,200

2,549,000 

GOODSPRODUCING 
Mining,Logging,&Construction 
Manufacturing 
DurableGoods 
FabricatedMetalProductManufacturing 
ComputerandElectronicProductManufacturing 
NondurableGoods 
SERVICEPROVIDING

410,500
159,700
250,800
178,100
Ͳ
40,600
72,700
2,533,300

415,700
164,100
251,600
178,600
Ͳ
40,900
73,000
2,526,300

410,700
161,500
249,200
174,900
Ͳ
40,900
74,300
2,484,300

268,800
104,700
164,100
115,100
Ͳ
37,600
49,000
1,808,800

273,300
108,300
165,000
115,800
Ͳ
37,900
49,200
1,807,900

271,700
108,300
163,400
113,300
Ͳ
37,900
50,100
1,773,500

501,400
272,100
229,300
150,100
49,100
18,800
79,200
2,127,100

503,700
274,800
228,900
149,500
48,800
18,900
79,400
2,101,500

475,500
256,500
219,000
141,700
46,100
18,500
77,300
2,073,500 

PrivateServiceProviding 
WholesaleTrade 
MerchantWholesalers,DurableGoods 
MerchantWholesalers,NondurableGoods 
RetailTrade 
MotorVehicleandPartsDealers

2,137,400
2,135,500
2,083,700
161,600
162,200
157,800
93,400
93,700
91,000
47,100
47,100
47,200
306,600
305,300
299,300
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
22,200
22,100
22,000
47,500
47,600
47,300
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
68,200
67,800
68,000
140,100
139,600
135,800
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
74,000
74,000
78,000
36,100
36,200
38,300
239,500
239,500
229,100
182,500
182,900
174,600
96,700
96,800
93,200
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
459,500
458,800
439,400
191,100
189,000
185,200
228,000
229,300
217,400
366,000
364,700
361,300
312,100
312,000
308,800
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
74,300
74,200
73,300
289,400
290,300
282,800
Ͳ
Ͳ
Ͳ
251,200
252,400
246,200
219,700
221,600
216,800
100,700
101,100
100,200
395,900
390,800
400,600
45,200
45,100
46,200
50,400
50,200
49,200
300,300
295,500
305,200
AUSTINͲROUNDROCKͲSANMARCOS 

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

1,534,100
1,535,000
1,498,500
122,700
123,400
119,000
69,900
70,300
67,500
35,700
35,700
35,700
205,800
204,300
201,800
25,100
25,100
24,600
15,100
15,000
15,000
32,400
32,500
32,100
22,800
22,300
22,300
44,200
43,800
44,700
76,100
76,000
73,400
6,900
6,800
6,400
61,000
60,900
64,300
29,500
29,600
31,400
187,300
187,800
177,400
142,700
143,200
135,100
71,900
71,900
68,600
48,600
48,400
46,800
44,600
44,600
42,300
361,300
361,400
347,400
153,900
152,700
151,400
174,500
175,500
164,200
256,300
255,900
253,300
218,100
218,700
215,100
109,700
110,900
108,000
48,100
48,100
47,400
194,400
195,800
193,000
23,900
23,200
22,900
170,500
172,600
170,100
149,300
151,300
149,300
69,200
69,500
68,900
274,700
272,900
275,000
30,200
30,200
31,200
37,500
37,900
36,700
207,000
204,800
207,100
FORTWORTHͲARLINGTONMD**

1,746,600
1,729,000
1,687,900
137,100
136,900
132,500
81,500
81,400
78,200
37,600
37,500
37,600
271,400
266,200
261,400
32,500
32,800
32,000
19,400
19,400
18,400
55,800
55,800
55,000
29,700
28,800
28,400
58,000
57,300
57,400
121,200
122,200
124,200
16,900
16,800
16,200
29,400
29,600
31,300
15,000
15,100
16,100
136,700
135,500
134,900
88,300
87,500
86,700
41,700
41,400
41,300
29,000
28,800
29,000
48,400
48,000
48,200
385,000
381,000
366,400
181,200
179,100
176,500
185,100
183,300
170,400
325,200
321,900
311,800
280,700
277,800
268,200
134,100
131,300
123,500
72,200
72,300
72,600
242,500
239,400
233,600
26,100
26,600
26,200
216,400
212,800
207,400
195,800
192,400
187,400
98,100
96,300
91,800
380,500
372,500
385,600
27,600
27,400
28,000
71,300
70,000
73,000
281,600
275,100
284,600
SANANTONIOͲNEWBRAUNFELS

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10

Oct'11*

Sep'11

Oct'10 

TOTALNONFARM

786,200

782,900

772,900

866,200

860,800

849,800

851,100

849,700

843,000 

GOODSPRODUCING 
Mining,Logging,&Construction 
Manufacturing 
SERVICEPROVIDING

90,300
41,200
49,100
695,900

90,800
41,800
49,000
692,100

87,000
39,400
47,600
685,900

141,700
55,000
86,700
724,500

142,400
55,800
86,600
718,400

139,000
53,200
85,800
710,800

93,000
46,900
46,100
758,100

94,100
48,100
46,000
755,600

90,100
45,400
44,700
752,900 

PrivateServiceProviding 
WholesaleTrade 
RetailTrade 
FoodandBeverageStores 
GeneralMerchandiseStores 
Transportation,Warehousing,andUtilities 
Information 
Telecommunications 
FinancialActivities 
FinanceandInsurance 
CreditIntermediationandRelatedActivities 
ProfessionalandBusinessServices 
Professional,Scientific,andTechnicalServices

525,100
40,600
83,800
16,300
15,700
13,200
19,200
5,000
43,500
30,100
12,300
109,800
58,300
50,700
92,100
80,400
20,000
88,100
77,800
34,800
170,800
10,700
72,900
87,200

524,000
40,500
83,100
16,200
15,700
13,100
19,200
5,000
43,300
30,000
12,400
109,300
57,000
50,900
91,400
80,000
20,000
89,200
78,900
34,900
168,100
10,800
72,800
84,500

513,800
39,800
82,900
16,100
15,500
12,900
19,400
5,200
42,100
29,800
12,100
110,800
58,600
48,300
89,000
77,200
19,700
83,200
73,200
33,700
172,100
10,900
74,900
86,300

603,300
38,900
100,800
15,100
24,000
64,000
13,000
6,600
52,200
39,800
24,800
98,200
37,200
53,500
109,700
94,000
26,200
95,000
80,700
31,500
121,200
15,000
12,900
93,300

600,500
38,800
101,000
15,100
24,000
63,600
13,100
6,600
51,700
39,700
24,900
97,400
36,300
53,800
108,800
93,300
26,100
94,500
79,800
31,600
117,900
14,900
12,300
90,700

585,200
38,800
97,500
15,200
23,300
62,400
13,700
6,900
51,700
39,500
24,600
92,000
33,800
53,200
108,000
93,700
25,900
89,800
76,100
31,300
125,600
15,000
12,500
98,100

598,200
28,400
98,200
18,300
19,000
20,300
17,100
4,400
65,700
52,600
23,800
96,200
38,200
50,000
138,600
119,300
22,600
101,900
91,500
31,800
159,900
34,600
20,700
104,600

598,000
28,400
97,400
18,200
18,800
20,200
17,100
4,400
65,000
51,900
23,500
96,900
38,100
50,600
136,000
119,100
22,600
105,000
94,700
32,000
157,600
34,200
20,400
103,000

588,700
28,300
94,100
18,000
19,000
19,700
17,900
5,000
65,400
52,200
23,600
100,600
38,600
53,400
130,600
114,400
22,400
100,700
89,400
31,400
164,200
34,500
20,400
109,300 

AdminSupportandWasteMgmtandRemediationSvcs 

EducationandHealthServices 
HealthCareandSocialAssistance 
Hospitals 
LeisureandHospitality 
AccommodationandFoodServices 
OtherServices 
Government 
Federal 
State 
Local

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

ABILENE
Oct'11*
Sep'11
61,700
62,100
4,600
4,600
2,900
2,900
2,000
2,000
7,400
7,400
1,600
1,600
900
900
3,300
3,400
4,100
4,300
12,700
12,900
6,300
6,400
2,200
2,300
13,700
13,400
COLLEGESTATIONͲBRYAN
Oct'11*
Sep'11
99,100
98,600
6,900
6,900
5,200
5,200
1,700
1,700
11,000
11,000
1,500
1,500
1,000
1,000
3,400
3,500
6,200
6,200
11,500
11,600
10,700
10,800
3,200
3,200
36,800
36,000
LAREDO
Oct'11*
Sep'11
91,900
91,100
3,800
3,800
900
900
2,700
2,700
12,500
12,400
12,400
12,300
500
500
4,100
4,100
6,800
6,800
15,200
15,000
8,100
8,000
2,400
2,400
22,500
22,200
MIDLAND
Oct'11*
Sep'11
71,300
70,800
16,800
16,800
2,600
2,600
3,600
3,600
7,700
7,600
2,600
2,600
1,100
1,100
3,400
3,400
7,800
7,700
7,500
7,400
7,200
7,200
2,900
2,900
8,100
7,900
TEXARKANA
Oct'11*
Sep'11
56,900
57,100
2,400
2,400
4,100
4,100
2,500
2,600
6,700
6,900
3,000
3,000
500
500
2,500
2,500
4,200
4,300
9,100
9,200
5,600
5,700
2,100
2,100
14,200
13,800
WICHITAFALLS
Oct'11*
Sep'11
57,800
57,600
3,900
3,900
5,200
5,200
1,800
1,800
7,500
7,500
1,900
1,900
1,000
1,000
2,700
2,700
3,600
3,600
9,000
9,000
5,900
6,000
2,600
2,600
12,700
12,400

Oct'10
65,100
4,400
2,800
2,200
7,900
1,700
1,100
3,600
4,600
13,900
6,800
2,500
13,600
Oct'10
99,400
6,600
5,100
1,700
10,700
1,400
1,000
3,300
6,000
11,100
10,400
3,100
39,000
Oct'10
88,100
3,600
800
2,600
11,900
11,500
600
3,900
6,300
14,500
7,700
2,300
22,400
Oct'10
69,200
15,900
2,600
3,500
7,500
2,500
1,100
3,300
7,400
7,200
6,900
2,800
8,500
Oct'10
57,000
2,300
4,000
2,500
6,900
2,900
600
2,500
4,200
9,200
5,600
2,200
14,100
Oct'10
58,200
3,700
5,100
1,800
7,500
1,900
1,100
2,700
3,600
9,300
6,000
2,700
12,800

AMARILLO
Sep'11
111,900
6,500
13,500
5,000
13,900
4,300
1,500
6,800
8,500
15,900
11,900
4,700
19,400
CORPUSCHRISTI
Oct'11*
Sep'11
185,500
184,800
21,000
21,000
9,400
9,400
5,800
5,900
22,000
21,900
6,300
6,300
1,800
1,900
7,300
7,400
15,500
15,400
31,900
31,800
23,100
23,100
7,000
6,900
34,400
33,800
LONGVIEW
Oct'11*
Sep'11
99,000
97,400
15,600
15,600
11,200
11,200
4,400
4,300
10,800
10,600
3,700
3,600
1,400
1,300
3,900
3,900
8,900
8,600
15,400
15,100
7,900
7,900
3,200
3,200
12,600
12,100
ODESSA
Oct'11*
Sep'11
63,900
63,600
12,800
12,800
4,400
4,400
4,800
4,800
6,400
6,400
2,200
2,200
500
600
2,700
2,700
4,400
4,400
6,100
6,100
6,300
6,300
3,200
3,200
10,100
9,700
TYLER
Oct'11*
Sep'11
96,100
94,400
6,000
6,000
6,600
6,600
3,100
3,100
11,900
11,700
3,700
3,600
2,000
2,000
4,100
4,100
9,400
9,000
21,500
21,300
10,000
9,900
3,800
3,800
14,000
13,300
Oct'11*
112,700
6,500
13,500
5,000
14,000
4,300
1,400
6,800
8,500
16,000
11,900
4,700
20,100

Oct'10
110,900
6,100
13,100
4,900
13,700
4,200
1,500
6,700
8,200
16,000
11,700
4,700
20,100
Oct'10
178,800
19,800
9,200
5,400
20,100
5,700
2,100
7,200
15,200
31,000
20,600
6,800
35,700
Oct'10
97,000
14,700
10,800
4,200
10,900
3,600
1,400
3,900
8,600
15,200
7,900
3,200
12,600
Oct'10
61,700
12,100
4,300
4,600
6,400
2,100
600
2,600
4,200
5,900
6,000
3,100
9,800
Oct'10
93,500
5,700
6,400
3,100
11,600
3,500
2,100
4,000
8,800
21,000
9,700
3,800
13,800

BEAUMONTͲPORTARTHUR
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
161,300
160,000
159,200
21,000
21,100
19,800
20,400
20,400
19,800
4,900
4,800
4,900
19,700
19,400
19,100
5,500
5,400
5,300
1,400
1,400
1,500
5,600
5,600
5,500
14,200
14,000
13,800
23,200
23,000
23,200
14,200
14,200
14,000
5,400
5,400
5,500
25,800
25,300
26,800
ELPASO
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
283,300
284,500
281,000
15,900
16,000
15,200
16,700
16,800
16,900
10,100
10,100
9,900
35,300
35,200
34,200
12,500
12,600
12,300
4,700
4,800
5,000
11,700
11,700
11,500
32,900
32,800
31,300
36,700
37,300
36,200
28,400
28,700
27,500
9,700
9,600
9,600
68,700
68,900
71,400
LUBBOCK
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
133,900
132,400
129,600
6,200
6,200
5,800
5,100
5,100
5,000
6,200
6,200
6,000
16,600
16,400
15,800
3,700
3,700
3,500
4,200
4,200
4,300
7,200
7,100
6,900
10,000
9,800
9,500
21,400
21,200
20,400
16,400
16,400
16,000
5,300
5,300
5,200
31,600
30,800
31,200
SANANGELO
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
45,400
44,900
44,900
3,300
3,300
3,100
3,800
3,800
3,700
1,600
1,600
1,600
5,400
5,300
5,400
1,100
1,100
1,000
1,100
1,100
1,200
2,100
2,100
2,100
3,500
3,500
3,400
7,600
7,600
7,700
4,600
4,600
4,700
1,800
1,800
1,800
9,500
9,100
9,200
VICTORIA
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
51,800
51,900
49,100
7,200
7,200
6,800
5,600
5,500
5,500
1,800
1,800
1,700
6,900
6,900
6,300
1,500
1,500
1,400
500
500
500
2,200
2,300
2,100
3,000
3,000
2,700
7,600
7,900
7,400
4,400
4,500
4,000
1,900
1,900
1,700
9,200
8,900
9,000

BROWNSVILLEͲHARLINGEN
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
127,800
126,400
126,900
3,300
3,300
3,100
5,400
5,400
5,400
3,000
3,100
3,000
16,100
15,900
15,800
5,000
4,900
5,000
1,800
1,800
1,900
5,300
5,300
5,100
9,100
9,000
8,900
31,900
31,600
32,000
11,600
11,500
11,800
3,600
3,600
3,600
31,700
31,000
31,300
KILLEENͲTEMPLEͲFORTHOOD
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
129,700
127,600
128,800
5,800
5,800
5,500
7,600
7,600
7,400
3,800
3,700
3,800
15,100
14,600
15,000
4,800
4,800
4,800
2,200
2,200
2,300
5,600
5,500
5,600
10,000
9,800
9,900
19,200
19,000
19,400
12,500
11,900
12,100
4,800
4,700
5,000
38,300
38,000
38,000
MCALLENͲEDINBURGͲMISSION
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
226,400
224,300
221,800
8,900
8,900
8,600
6,100
6,000
5,900
5,800
5,800
6,200
32,200
32,200
32,100
7,200
7,200
7,000
1,800
1,800
1,900
8,000
8,000
7,900
14,000
14,000
13,600
59,100
58,900
57,500
19,200
19,200
19,300
5,900
5,900
5,800
56,400
56,000
58,200
SHERMANͲDENISON
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
42,700
43,000
42,400
2,400
2,400
2,300
5,200
5,200
5,100
1,100
1,100
1,100
5,900
5,900
5,800
1,100
1,100
1,100
400
400
500
2,600
2,600
2,600
2,600
2,600
2,500
8,800
8,800
8,800
4,700
4,800
4,700
1,400
1,500
1,400
6,500
6,600
6,500
WACO
Oct'11*
Sep'11
Oct'10
108,000
107,300
106,100
6,500
6,500
6,200
14,700
14,700
14,300
3,800
3,700
3,800
10,600
10,500
10,500
3,100
3,000
3,000
1,200
1,200
1,300
6,400
6,400
6,200
8,600
8,500
8,400
20,900
20,700
20,400
9,900
10,000
9,800
3,900
3,900
3,900
18,400
18,200
18,300

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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Highlights of the Texas Labor Force

MSAs Ranked by Unemployment Rate
October 2011 (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

(Not Seasonally Adjusted)

T

he Texas unemployment rate moved down in October by four-tenths of a percentage point to 8.0 percent.
From year-ago levels, the unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point. Since January
2011, the unemployment rate has declined five-tenths of a percentage point. The national unemployment
rate decreased by three-tenths of a percentage point to 8.5 percent. For 52 months, the Texas unemployment
rate has remained below the national unemployment rate.
The Civilian Labor Force contracted this month by 4,500 people for an estimated level of 12,367,000
Texans. Over the year, the Civilian Labor Force grew by 195,000 persons. Since the beginning of the
year, the Civilian Labor Force has added 216,400 individuals.
The number of jobholders reached a new all-time high this month at an estimated level of 11,378,100
Texans. The monthly increase of 47,800 persons marked the largest September-to-October change
seen since 2006. Since January 2011, Texas has added 263,000 individuals into the ranks of the employed
population. Those seeking job opportunities declined by 52,300 people for an estimated level of 988,900
Texans. This September-to-October change was the sharpest decline seen since 1983.

The number of individuals continuing to seek out unemployment insurance benefits declined by 1,200
persons over the month for a count of 138,400 recipients. Since October 2010, those continuing to file
for unemployment insurance benefits dropped by 15,600 people. At the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
level, 16 MSAs displayed an increased number of claimants while nine showed a decrease in claimants. The
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA, the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA, and the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown
MSA had the sharpest over-the-month declines in the rate of persons receiving unemployment benefits among
the MSAs at 8.2 percent, 7.5 percent, and 3.7 percent, respectively.
All 25 MSAs showed declines in their unemployment rates. The unemployment rates for the BeaumontPort Arthur MSA and the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA had the steepest declines among the MSAs
as they fell by six-tenths of a percentage point each. The Midland MSA, at 4.5 percent, had the lowest
unemployment rate among the MSAs. 

1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7(tie) 

10 
11 
12 
13 
14(tie) 
16 
17 
18 
19 
20(tie) 
22 
23 
24 
25

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

4.5
5.6
5.7
6.1
6.2
6.3
6.8
6.8
6.8
7.1
7.2
7.4
7.5
7.6
7.6
7.7
8.0
8.0
8.1
8.4
8.5
8.5
8.5
10.2
10.8
11.6
11.9

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
C.L.F. 
UnitedStates 
StateofTexas 
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

154,088.0
12,367.0
78.8
134.1
923.5
190.6
159.4
116.9
219.4
3,274.4
2,187.1
1,087.3
325.9
2,989.5
170.2
98.9
114.3
150.5
312.8
79.3
75.4
55.0
1,000.1
58.0
65.5
105.9
60.8
118.3
71.5 

October2011
Emp.
Unemp.
140,987.0
11,378.1
73.4
126.6
858.1
170.1
140.4
109.6
202.8
3,012.9
2,010.5
1,002.4
292.6
2,748.4
155.9
91.2
106.5
141.4
276.5
75.7
71.1
51.5
924.6
53.1
60.7
96.9
56.7
109.3
66.3

13,102.0
988.9
5.4
7.5
65.4
20.5
19.0
7.3
16.6
261.5
176.6
84.9
33.3
241.1
14.3
7.7
7.8
9.1
36.3
3.6
4.3
3.5
75.5
4.9
4.8
9.0
4.1
9.0
5.2

Rate

C.L.F.

8.5
8.0
6.8
5.6
7.1
10.8
11.9
6.2
7.6
8.0
8.1
7.8
10.2
8.1
8.4
7.7
6.8
6.1
11.6
4.5
5.7
6.3
7.5
8.5
7.4
8.5
6.8
7.6
7.2

154,022.0
12,371.5
80.1
134.0
925.6
190.1
159.2
116.8
219.1
3,285.2
2,201.1
1,084.2
327.4
2,969.9
168.8
98.0
112.9
150.5
312.0
79.5
74.9
55.1
1,000.0
58.3
66.1
103.3
61.7
117.8
72.0

September2011
Emp.
Unemp.
140,502.0
11,330.3
74.4
126.0
856.4
168.4
139.4
109.1
201.5
3,011.3
2,016.6
994.8
292.9
2,715.1
154.0
90.0
104.7
140.7
273.9
75.6
70.3
51.4
920.4
53.2
60.9
94.8
57.3
108.4
66.5

13,520.0
1,041.2
5.7
8.0
69.2
21.7
19.8
7.7
17.6
273.9
184.5
89.4
34.5
254.8
14.8
8.0
8.2
9.8
38.1
3.9
4.6
3.7
79.6
5.1
5.2
8.5
4.4
9.4
5.5

Rate

C.L.F.

8.8
8.4
7.1
6.0
7.5
11.4
12.4
6.6
8.0
8.3
8.4
8.2
10.5
8.6
8.8
8.2
7.3
6.5
12.2
4.9
6.2
6.8
8.0
8.8
7.8
8.3
7.1
8.0
7.6

153,652.0
12,172.0
83.1
132.4
910.2
187.4
157.8
117.2
212.4
3,228.0
2,158.3
1,069.7
320.9
2,905.4
168.3
95.3
112.5
146.8
306.8
77.6
73.7
54.8
988.5
57.3
65.3
102.2
58.7
115.7
72.5

October2010
Emp.
Unemp.

Rate

139,749.0
11,205.1
77.8
125.2
847.0
168.1
140.4
110.1
195.7
2,969.7
1,985.1
984.6
290.3
2,666.4
155.5
87.6
104.6
138.0
272.0
73.8
68.5
51.4
916.4
52.6
60.7
94.4
54.4
107.4
67.2

9.0
7.9
6.4
5.5
6.9
10.3
11.0
6.1
7.9
8.0
8.0
8.0
9.5
8.2
7.6
8.1
7.0
6.0
11.4
4.9
7.1
6.2
7.3
8.2
7.1
7.6
7.3
7.2
7.3

13,903.0
966.9
5.3
7.2
63.2
19.3
17.4
7.1
16.7
258.3
173.2
85.1
30.6
239.0
12.8
7.7
7.9
8.8
34.8
3.8
5.2
3.4
72.1
4.7
4.6
7.8
4.3
8.3
5.3

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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EmploymentandUnemploymentEstimatesforTexasCounties ͲOctober2011
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
Donley
Duval
Eastland
Ector
Edwards
Ellis
ElPaso
Erath
Falls
Fannin
Fayette
Fisher
Floyd
Foard
FortBend
Franklin
Freestone
Frio
Gaines
Galveston
Garza

CLF
Emp. Unemp. Rate County
21,379
19,462
1,917 9.0 Gillespie
7,498
7,135
363 4.8 Glasscock
39,626
36,548
3,078 7.8 Goliad
12,225
11,307
918 7.5 Gonzales
4,959
4,645
314 6.3 Gray
1,086
1,032
54 5.0 Grayson
19,970
18,439
1,531 7.7 Gregg
13,985
12,816
1,169 8.4 Grimes
3,182
2,965
217 6.8 Guadalupe
10,073
9,411
662 6.6 Hale
35,636
32,797
2,839 8.0 Hall
1,836
1,721
115 6.3 Hamilton
12,569
11,468
1,101 8.8 Hansford
133,678
122,632 11,046 8.3 Hardeman
791,560
730,687 60,873 7.7 Hardin
4,974
4,683
291 5.9 Harris
486
465
21 4.3 Harrison
8,165
7,504
661 8.1 Hartley
45,481
41,673
3,808 8.4 Haskell
153,258
140,560 12,698 8.3 Hays
94,852
6,198 6.1 Hemphill
101,050
5,161
4,867
294 5.7 Henderson
633
591
42 6.6 Hidalgo
3,233
2,921
312 9.7 Hill
18,308
16,925
1,383 7.6 Hockley
8,387
7,873
514 6.1 Hood
22,428
20,928
1,500 6.7 Hopkins
16,425
15,005
1,420 8.6 Houston
9,975
9,067
908 9.1 Howard
6,705
6,299
406 6.1 Hudspeth
159,435
140,401 19,034 11.9 Hunt
5,931
5,387
544 9.2 Hutchinson
3,297
3,130
167 5.1 Irion
13,509
12,085
1,424 10.5 Jack
3,513
3,324
189 5.4 Jackson
16,080
14,602
1,478 9.2 Jasper
1,911 9.1 JeffDavis
21,085
19,174
3,140
2,927
213 6.8 Jefferson
5,948
5,585
363 6.1 JimHogg
1,288
1,165
123 9.5 JimWells
1,279
1,180
99 7.7 Johnson
4,148
3,836
312 7.5 Jones
398,883 31,013 7.2 Karnes
429,896
1,444
1,366
78 5.4 Kaufman
10,607
9,748
859 8.1 Kendall
59,083
55,137
3,946 6.7 Kenedy
6,562
6,124
438 6.7 Kent
1,289
1,193
96 7.4 Kerr
22,242
20,995
1,247 5.6 Kimble
25,563
23,076
2,487 9.7 King
720
666
54 7.5 Kinney
1,746
1,619
127 7.3 Kleberg
2,040
1,923
117 5.7 Knox
2,751
2,485
266 9.7 Lamar
1,631
1,564
67 4.1 Lamb
3,785
3,612
173 4.6 Lampasas
1,190,398 1,087,225 103,173 8.7 LaSalle
5,537
5,075
462 8.3 Lavaca
9,123
8,597
526 5.8 Lee
2,338
2,134
204 8.7 Leon
337,549 25,685 7.1 Liberty
363,234
9,162
8,534
628 6.9 Limestone
940
807
133 14.1 Lipscomb
4,977
4,602
375 7.5 LiveOak
1,932
1,821
111 5.7 Llano
5,451
4,959
492 9.0 Loving
8,951
8,313
638 7.1 Lubbock
75,382
71,050
4,332 5.7 Lynn
937
870
67 7.2 McCulloch
73,754
67,676
6,078 8.2 McLennan
325,910
292,601 33,309 10.2 McMullen
19,224
18,078
1,146 6.0 Madison
6,754
6,074
680 10.1 Marion
13,825
12,452
1,373 9.9 Martin
12,038
11,338
700 5.8 Mason
1,941
1,820
121 6.2 Matagorda
2,946
2,711
235 8.0 Maverick
680
632
48 7.1 Medina
291,154
269,001 22,153 7.6 Menard
5,144
4,742
402 7.8 Midland
9,485
649 6.4 Milam
10,134
7,797
7,258
539 6.9 Mills
7,260
6,866
394 5.4 Mitchell
148,446
134,937 13,509 9.1 Montague
2,497
2,353
144 5.8 Montgomery

CLF
Emp. Unemp. Rate County
CLF
Emp.
13,653
13,003
650 4.8 Moore
11,879
11,353
613
583
30 4.9 Morris
6,296
5,592
3,528
3,304
224 6.3 Motley
659
614
9,789
9,229
560 5.7 Nacogdoches
32,363
30,133
11,277
10,594
683 6.1 Navarro
22,184
20,186
4,938 8.5 Newton
5,820
5,024
57,992
53,054
68,289
63,723
4,566 6.7 Nolan
7,800
7,273
12,177
11,233
944 7.8 Nueces
174,957
162,056
62,056
57,622
4,434 7.1 Ochiltree
5,717
5,477
17,400
16,117
1,283 7.4 Oldham
899
845
1,356
1,223
133 9.8 Orange
42,681
38,097
4,333
4,080
253 5.8 PaloPinto
14,096
13,032
2,732
2,605
127 4.6 Panola
13,982
12,987
2,155
2,038
117 5.4 Parker
55,993
52,022
28,040
25,413
2,627 9.4 Parmer
4,565
4,337
2,074,632 1,906,942 167,690 8.1 Pecos
9,178
8,677
33,498
30,783
2,715 8.1 Polk
18,228
16,445
2,484
2,374
110 4.4 Potter
58,970
55,197
3,074
2,917
157 5.1 Presidio
3,848
3,337
82,519
76,703
5,816 7.0 Rains
5,101
4,635
2,754
2,672
82 3.0 Randall
70,724
67,239
36,138
32,999
3,139 8.7 Reagan
2,791
2,712
312,815
276,526 36,289 11.6 Real
1,395
1,295
5,730
5,027
16,072
14,723
1,349 8.4 RedRiver
12,559
11,837
722 5.7 Reeves
4,768
4,273
26,312
24,461
1,851 7.0 Refugio
4,254
4,010
1,245 7.0 Roberts
589
568
17,789
16,544
8,679
7,669
1,010 11.6 Robertson
7,480
6,909
13,936
12,978
958 6.9 Rockwall
40,769
37,840
1,806
1,700
106 5.9 Runnels
4,457
4,105
38,023
34,657
3,366 8.9 Rusk
25,424
23,618
775 6.8 Sabine
3,281
2,769
11,329
10,554
946
892
54 5.7 SanAugustine
3,658
3,222
5,060
4,783
277 5.5 SanJacinto
10,612
9,625
6,936
6,474
462 6.7 SanPatricio
32,143
29,389
15,676
13,873
1,803 11.5 SanSaba
2,309
2,110
1,141
1,078
63 5.5 Schleicher
1,527
1,445
106,582 13,322 11.1 Scurry
8,186
7,744
119,904
3,006
2,819
187 6.2 Shackelford
2,209
2,121
13,244
12,234
21,900
20,336
1,564 7.1 Shelby
76,590
70,915
5,675 7.4 Sherman
1,407
1,337
96,894
7,419
6,763
656 8.8 Smith
105,906
5,433
4,977
456 8.4 Somervell
4,271
3,943
48,679
44,566
4,113 8.4 Starr
25,322
21,372
16,171
1,063 6.2 Stephens
4,611
4,262
17,234
241
226
15 6.2 Sterling
765
732
414
389
25 6.0 Stonewall
821
784
21,665
1,469 6.3 Sutton
2,774
2,653
23,134
1,872
1,746
126 6.7 Swisher
3,505
3,273
852,876
181
169
12 6.6 Tarrant
926,154
1,459
1,348
111 7.6 Taylor
64,680
60,385
17,444
16,266
1,178 6.8 Terrell
385
352
1,749
1,644
105 6.0 Terry
5,853
5,411
23,703
21,391
2,312 9.8 Throckmorton
994
937
6,767
6,286
481 7.1 Titus
14,225
13,142
10,996
10,233
763 6.9 TomGreen
53,983
50,568
3,690
3,483
207 5.6 Travis
570,680
531,263
9,672
9,128
544 5.6 Trinity
5,734
5,199
9,650
9,033
617 6.4 Tyler
8,469
7,526
20,623
19,170
7,982
7,357
625 7.8 Upshur
32,907
29,577
3,330 10.1 Upton
1,904
1,817
10,545
11,960
11,152
808 6.8 Uvalde
11,684
1,663
1,582
81 4.9 ValVerde
20,909
19,120
5,559
5,226
333 6.0 VanZandt
25,696
23,742
8,202
7,573
629 7.7 Victoria
47,293
44,318
49
45
4 8.2 Walker
28,066
25,773
147,789
138,943
8,846 6.0 Waller
17,296
15,787
2,787
2,582
205 7.4 Ward
4,975
4,638
4,220
3,953
267 6.3 Washington
17,212
16,186
118,273
109,294
8,979 7.6 Webb
98,885
91,235
475
447
28 5.9 Wharton
20,946
19,088
5,563
5,125
438 7.9 Wheeler
3,328
3,193
5,149
4,678
471 9.1 Wichita
60,551
56,057
2,326
2,200
126 5.4 Wilbarger
7,700
7,280
2,301
2,189
112 4.9 Willacy
9,464
8,097
15,983
2,021 11.2 Williamson
218,254
202,333
18,004
23,341
20,341
3,000 12.9 Wilson
19,515
18,127
20,603
19,029
1,574 7.6 Winkler
3,387
3,186
960
899
61 6.4 Wise
28,587
26,585
79,288
75,726
3,562 4.5 Wood
18,262
16,683
10,639
9,598
1,041 9.8 Yoakum
4,071
3,864
2,265
2,120
145 6.4 Young
9,474
8,890
3,540
3,246
294 8.3 Zapata
5,779
5,267
10,243
9,606
637 6.2 Zavala
4,096
3,500
231,156
214,540 16,616 7.2 Texas(Actual) 12,367,034 11,378,100

Unemp.
526
704
45
2,230
1,998
796
527
12,901
240
54
4,584
1,064
995
3,971
228
501
1,783
3,773
511
466
3,485
79
100
703
495
244
21
571
2,929
352
1,806
512
436
987
2,754
199
82
442
88
1,010
70
9,012
328
3,950
349
33
37
121
232
73,278
4,295
33
442
57
1,083
3,415
39,417
535
943
1,453
87
1,139
1,789
1,954
2,975
2,293
1,509
337
1,026
7,650
1,858
135
4,494
420
1,367
15,921
1,388
201
2,002
1,579
207
584
512
596
988,934

Rate
4.4
11.2
6.8
6.9
9.0
13.7
6.8
7.4
4.2
6.0
10.7
7.5
7.1
7.1
5.0
5.5
9.8
6.4
13.3
9.1
4.9
2.8
7.2
12.3
10.4
5.7
3.6
7.6
7.2
7.9
7.1
15.6
11.9
9.3
8.6
8.6
5.4
5.4
4.0
7.6
5.0
8.5
7.7
15.6
7.6
4.3
4.5
4.4
6.6
7.9
6.6
8.6
7.6
5.7
7.6
6.3
6.9
9.3
11.1
7.0
4.6
9.7
8.6
7.6
6.3
8.2
8.7
6.8
6.0
7.7
8.9
4.1
7.4
5.5
14.4
7.3
7.1
5.9
7.0
8.6
5.1
6.2
8.9
14.6
8.0

Estimates reflect actual (not seasonally adjusted) data. All estimates are subject to revision. Estimates of the TWC are in cooperation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
LABOR MARKET AND CAREER INFORMATION DEPARTMENT

9

T E X A S

L A B O R

M A R K E T

NOVEMBER 2011

R E V I E W

EmploymentandUnemploymentEstimatesforTexasCities ͲOctober2011
City
Abilene
Allen
Amarillo
Arlington
Austin
Baytown
Beaumont
Bedford
BigSpring
Brownsville
Bryan
Burleson
Carrollton
CedarHill
CedarPark
Cleburne
CollegeStation
Conroe
Coppell
CopperasCove
CorpusChristi
Corsicana
Dallas
DeerPark
DelRio
Denton
DeSoto
Duncanville
EaglePass
Edinburg
ElPaso
Euless
FarmersBranch
FlowerMound
FortWorth
Friendswood
Frisco
Galveston

CLF
56,106
44,466
103,339
209,945
439,988
33,614
57,195
30,999
9,569
68,950
41,407
18,933
72,898
24,139
33,673
13,664
48,263
29,233
20,690
13,824
157,383
11,135
611,904
17,244
16,527
65,678
26,050
18,664
13,487
33,888
277,221
32,039
14,095
36,568
344,326
18,582
54,916
26,440

Emp. Unemp Rate City
52,232
3,874 6.9 Garland
41,400
3,066 6.9 Georgetown
97,626
5,713 5.5 GrandPrairie
193,944 16,001 7.6 Grapevine
411,275 28,713 6.5 Greenville
30,140
3,474 10.3 HaltomCity
51,167
6,028 10.5 HarkerHeightsCity
28,965
2,034 6.6 Harlingen
8,850
719 7.5 Houston
60,798
8,152 11.8 Huntsville
38,836
2,571 6.2 Hurst
17,729
1,204 6.4 Irving
67,775
5,123 7.0 Keller
22,029
2,110 8.7 Killeen
31,707
1,966 5.8 Kingsville
12,575
1,089 8.0 KyleCity
45,325
2,938 6.1 LakeJackson
27,240
1,993 6.8 Lancaster
19,302
1,388 6.7 LaPorte
12,737
1,087 7.9 Laredo
146,206 11,177 7.1 LeagueCity
10,125
1,010 9.1 LeanderCity
558,553 53,351 8.7 Lewisville
15,971
1,273 7.4 LittleElm
15,133
1,394 8.4 Longview
61,497
4,181 6.4 Lubbock
23,431
2,619 10.1 Lufkin
16,917
1,747 9.4 McAllen
11,692
1,795 13.3 McKinney
30,923
2,965 8.7 Mansfield
251,181 26,040 9.4 Mesquite
29,782
2,257 7.0 Midland
12,981
1,114 7.9 Mission
34,392
2,176 6.0 MissouriCity
315,996 28,330 8.2 Nacogdoches
17,161
1,421 7.6 NewBraunfels
51,585
3,331 6.1 NorthRichlandHills
24,205
2,235 8.5 Odessa

CLF
Emp. Unemp Rate City
CLF
Emp. Unemp Rate
110,985
101,636
9,349 8.4 Paris
11,888
10,584
1,304 11.0
23,085
21,397
1,688 7.3 Pasadena
68,297
61,956
6,341 9.3
44,888
3,256 6.8
80,100
73,479
6,621 8.3 Pearland
48,144
29,596
27,824
1,772 6.0 Pflugerville
23,965
22,516
1,449 6.0
11,400
10,390
1,010 8.9 Pharr
26,953
24,217
2,736 10.2
21,164
19,665
1,499 7.1 Plano
149,787 139,394 10,393 6.9
25,090
21,499
3,591 14.3
12,556
11,650
906 7.2 PortArthur
27,526
24,500
3,026 11.0 Richardson
55,845
51,953
3,892 7.0
1,109,343 1,021,182 88,161 7.9 Rockwall
19,321
17,981
1,340 6.9
16,614
15,318
1,296 7.8
16,283
14,977
1,306 8.0 Rosenberg
21,110
19,610
1,500 7.1 RoundRock
55,107
51,450
3,657 6.6
104,137
8,659 7.7 Rowlett
29,486
27,226
2,260 7.7
112,796
1,253 6.0 SanAngelo
45,425
42,575
2,850 6.3
20,897
19,644
51,249
46,631
4,618 9.0 SanAntonio
654,104 606,500 47,604 7.3
13,885
12,983
902 6.5 SanBenito
10,017
8,889
1,128 11.3
13,449
12,688
761 5.7 SanJuan
13,915
12,440
1,475 10.6
14,562
13,546
1,016 7.0 SanMarcos
28,719
27,128
1,591 5.5
17,411
15,470
1,941 11.1 Schertz
16,583
15,526
1,057 6.4
18,919
17,348
1,571 8.3 Seguin
12,230
11,321
909 7.4
93,876
86,989
6,887 7.3 Sherman
17,848
16,362
1,486 8.3
40,676
37,552
3,124 7.7 Socorro
12,596
11,143
1,453 11.5
13,221
12,451
770 5.8 Southlake
12,742
11,938
804 6.3
61,653
57,756
3,897 6.3 SugarLand
43,733
41,054
2,679 6.1
13,445
12,725
720 5.4 Temple
32,135
29,938
2,197 6.8
43,608
40,631
2,977 6.8 Texarkana
17,347
15,919
1,428 8.2
124,102
116,774
7,328 5.9 TexasCity
20,811
18,558
2,253 10.8
16,385
15,045
1,340 8.2 TheColony
24,498
22,729
1,769 7.2
64,285
59,346
4,939 7.7 Tyler
51,315
47,025
4,290 8.4
63,397
58,447
4,950 7.8 UniversityPark 10,851
10,122
729 6.7
25,704
23,941
1,763 6.9 Victoria
34,156
31,921
2,235 6.5
70,240
64,167
6,073 8.6 Waco
58,856
53,962
4,894 8.3
65,316
62,367
2,949 4.5 Waxahachie
13,943
12,752
1,191 8.5
29,336
26,529
2,807 9.6 Weatherford
12,995
12,086
909 7.0
42,377
39,251
3,126 7.4 Weslaco
15,008
13,116
1,892 12.6
17,075
15,844
1,231 7.2 WichitaFalls
46,076
42,489
3,587 7.8
1,503 7.2
28,611
26,851
1,760 6.2 Wylie
20,737
19,234
2,562 6.9
37,146
34,584
56,693
53,440
3,253 5.7

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

CivilianLaborForceEstimatesforWDAs
October2011
CLF
Alamo
BrazosValley
CameronCounty
CapitalArea
CentralTexas
CoastalBend
ConchoValley
Dallas
DeepEastTexas
EastTexas
GoldenCrescent
GulfCoast
HeartOfTexas
LowerRioGrandeValley
MiddleRioGrande
NorthCentralTexas
NorthEastTexas
NorthTexas
Panhandle
PermianBasin
RuralCapital
SouthEastTexas
SouthPlains
SouthTexas
TarrantCounty
Texoma
UpperRioGrande
WestCentralTexas

1,050,111
159,851
159,435
570,680
189,783
290,451
76,747
1,190,398
165,390
406,463
96,355
3,056,537
171,358
347,601
72,488
1,241,612
134,215
109,326
223,131
218,718
410,126
190,625
211,670
107,670
926,154
94,059
339,497
156,569

Emp. Unemp.
971,526
149,535
140,401
531,263
173,849
268,611
72,085
1,087,225
150,267
373,935
90,054
2,809,354
158,232
305,995
65,104
1,150,393
122,330
101,903
210,823
206,685
380,393
170,092
198,309
99,321
852,876
86,501
305,147
145,887

78,585
10,316
19,034
39,417
15,934
21,840
4,662
103,173
15,123
32,528
6,301
247,183
13,126
41,606
7,384
91,219
11,885
7,423
12,308
12,033
29,733
20,533
13,361
8,349
73,278
7,558
34,350
10,682

AverageHoursandEarningsofProductionorNonsupervisoryWorkersforTexas
Industry

Rate
7.5
6.5
11.9
6.9
8.4
7.5
6.1
8.7
9.1
8.0
6.5
8.1
7.7
12.0
10.2
7.3
8.9
6.8
5.5
5.5
7.2
10.8
6.3
7.8
7.9
8.0
10.1
6.8

AverageWeeklyEarnings
Oct.'11

Sep.'11

AverageWeeklyHours
Sep.'11 Oct.'10

AverageHourlyEarnings

Oct.'10

Oct.'11

Oct.'11

Sep.'11

Oct.'10 

MiningandLogging

$1087.17 $1008.43 $707.28

46.5

44.7

42.1 $23.38 $22.56 $16.80 

Mining

$1004.17

$942.42 $754.70

47.1

45.2

43.2 $21.32 $20.85 $17.47 

Manufacturing

$759.02

$742.61 $601.75

43.2

43.1

41.5 $17.57 $17.23 $14.50 

DurableGoods

$826.73

$790.90 $586.70

44.4

43.6

42.3 $18.62 $18.14 $13.87 

FabricatedMetalProductMfg

$791.59

$737.21 $607.50

47.6

45.2

43.3 $16.63 $16.31 $14.03 

NondurableGoods

$633.86

$655.65 $628.82

41.0

42.3

39.9 $15.46 $15.50 $15.76 

WholesaleTrade

$731.43

$698.96 $645.08

40.5

39.4

39.6 $18.06 $17.74 $16.29 

Machinery,Equipment,andSupplies

$722.04

$699.28 $579.96

42.8

42.1

40.5 $16.87 $16.61 $14.32

$676.45

$661.43 $629.59

38.5

38.5

37.7 $17.57 $17.18 $16.70 

Trade,Transportation,andUtilities 

RetailTrade 
MotorVehicleandPartsDealers 
Bldg.MaterialandGardenEquipment

$425.04

$410.77 $421.39

33.0

33.1

35.5 $12.88 $12.41 $11.87 

FoodandBeverageStores

$355.24

$339.01 $325.76

33.8

33.4

32.0 $10.51 $10.15 $10.18 

GasolineStations

$340.52

$336.41 $351.66

34.5

35.3

36.9 

ClothingandAccessoriesStores

$219.99

$217.36 $226.58

21.4

20.8

21.6 $10.28 $10.45 $10.49

$853.91

$799.37 $659.57

37.7

34.5

36.3 $22.65 $23.17 $18.17

$9.87

$9.53

$9.53 

Information 
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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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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”
Three Walmarts Open in Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX (Corpus Christi Caller-Times--Mike D. Smith)—
Three new Walmarts opened in Corpus Christi, bringing 470 jobs to the area.
The South Staples Street location opened officially at 7:30 a.m. on October
26, featuring an 182,000-square-foot, $8.6 million store at the former Parkdale
Plaza location. This Walmart plans to hire 85 employees. At 8:30 a.m., the
Southside’s Walmart opened, with the 155,000-square-foot store on Saratoga
Blvd., a $9.4-million facility planning to hire 300 staff. The final Walmart
opening was at Flour Bluff Drive. The $7.8 million dollar, 155,000-squarefoot facility expects to hire 85 employees.
The openings, all one hour apart, marked the first time the retail chain has
opened three locations in one city on the same day, according to regional
manager Julie Martin. “Texas is growing, so we’re adapting to the market
we find ourselves in and that’s an expanding economy,” Martin said.
Rig Repair/Fabricator Company Hiring Again
BROWNSVILLE, TX (Brownsville Herald)—They’re hiring again at Keppel
AmFELS, where work has been slow largely due to a work reduction after
the BP Gulf oil disaster and the recession. Gilberto Elizondo, the company’s
vice president of human resources, said AmFELS has hired between 150 and
200 people since the first week of September, and that the hiring continues.
Many of those hired were previously laid off from the yard, which is located
at the Port of Brownsville, Elizondo said.
Exactly how many more employees AmFELS will add depends on the scope
of repair work coming in, he said, since it’s rig repair and not new construction

that is responsible for the recent hiring. Fitters and welders make up the
majority of the hires. “Somebody may come out with different generators, a
different drilling system, a different mooring system—our industry is always
looking at ways to improve technology. If our customer sees a lull in drilling
operations and maybe has a one- or two-month gap, they’ll go ahead and do
it,” Elizondo added.
Construction Begins on Another Downtown Hotel
AUSTIN, TX (Austin American-Statesman)—White Lodging Services Corp.
broke ground for a Hyatt Place hotel at Third Street and San Jacinto Blvd.
The project is a joint venture with an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corp. that will
build a 17-story hotel with 296 rooms that will add 250 construction jobs,
and 95 permanent jobs when completed in 2013. Also, the Marriott Marquis
1,003-room hotel project at Congress Avenue and Third Street plans to start
construction June 1. Another downtown convention 1,100-room hotel planned
by San Diego-based Manchester Texas Financial Group at Red River and
Cesar Chavez streets should start construction in 2012.
Logistics Company Expands in Laredo
LAREDO, TX (Laredo Sun)—Excel Inc, a leading logistics corporation based
in Ohio, will have a warehouse and distribution center at the Fasken Industrial
Park, also known as El Embarcadero, in Laredo. The company has 29 jobs
in the city and is expected to add another 100 to complete the building. The
average wage for these workers will be $11.33 per hour. Mayor Raul Salinas
said, “Our city is open for business opportunities in our community and to
make a difference in the local economy.”

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Texas Labor Market Review
Labor Market & Career Information

I ND I C A T O R S
TexasUnemploymentRate
Actual(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
OCT
SEP
OCT

2011
2011
2010

SeasonallyAdjusted

8.0%
8.4%
7.9%

OCT
SEP
OCT

2011
2011
2010

The Texas Labor Market Review (TLMR) is published monthly by the
Labor Market & Career Information Department of the Texas Workforce
Commission. Material in the TLMR is not copyrighted and may be
reproduced. The TWC would appreciate credit for the material used and a
copy of the reprint. For assistance in finding this publication on our website,
please contact us at the numbers below.

8.4%
8.5%
8.2%

U.S.UnemploymentRate
Actual(NotSeasonallyAdjusted)
OCT
SEP
OCT

2011
2011
2010

SeasonallyAdjusted

8.5%
8.8%
9.0% 

OCT
SEP
OCT

2011
2011
2010

9.0%
9.1%
9.7%

Phone
Fax
Website
E-mail

TexasNonagriculturalWage&SalaryEmployment 
NotSeasonallyAdjusted
OCT
2011
SEP
2011
OCT
2010
OTMChange
OTYChange

SeasonallyAdjusted

10,681,900
10,617,000
10,449,400
64,900
232,500

OCT
2011
SEP
2011
OCT
2010
OTMChange
OTYChange

10,616,500
10,614,000
10,384,900
2,500
231,600

You can view the TLMR on-line by going to www.tracer2.com and
selecting “LMI Publications”.
Richard Froeschle, LMCI Director

UnemploymentInsuranceClaimsFiled
InitialClaims
OCT
SEP
OCT

2011
2011
2010

OCT
SEP
OCT

OCT2011
SEP2011
OCT2011

2011
2011
2010

807,989
747,606
880,638

PersonnelSupply

ConsumerPriceIndex(CPI)
AnnualChange
U.S.
DallasͲFortWorth
HoustonͲGalveston

TLMR Staff:
Veronica Sanchez Downey, Editor
Rachel Tello Sanchez and Spencer Franklin, Layout and Design
Contributors: Phil Arnold, Spencer Franklin, David Jesus, Robert Luttner,
Vincent Lyons, and Rachel Tello Sanchez.

ContinuedClaims
85,204
78,034
87,633

(512) 936-3278
Toll Free 1-866-938-4444
(512) 936-3208
www.tracer2.com
lmci@twc.state.tx.us

3.5%
3.7%
3.2%

OCT
2011
SEP
2011
OCT
2010
OTMChange
OTYChange

264,800
261,200
241,600
3,600
23,200

Equal Opportunity Employer/Programs. Auxiliary aids and services are
available, on request, to individuals with disabilities.
Contact Relay Texas @ 7-1-1

WestTexasIntermediateCrudeOil($/barrel)
OCT
SEP
OCT

2011
2011
2010

$86.41
$85.61
$81.90

OTMChange
OTYChange

AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE OF WORKERS
IN COVERED EMPLOYMENT BY COUNTY
SECOND QUARTER 2011

$0.80
$4.51

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MANUFACTURING AVERAGE WEEKLY WAGE OF WORKERS
IN COVERED EMPLOYMENT BY WDA
SECOND QUARTER 2011

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