Region’s unemployment numbers unchanged

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Unemployment figures for the Lindale/East Texas area remain virtually unchanged from April to May of 2018 but were improved when compared to May, 2017 according to recent figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

For May, 2018, there were approximately 3,800 East Texans unemployed, compared to 3,700 from April, 2018.

In May 2017, there were 4,100 looking for work in East Texas, according to TWC figures.

The combined ET labor force for May, 2018 was 108,800 with 105,000 employed.

Meanwhile across the state, Texas’ economy added 34,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in May, which marked 23 consecutive months of employment growth.

For the year, Texas added 352,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 34,300 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May, unchanged from April 2018.

“Texas employers continue to put the world class Texas workforce to work, adding 34,700 jobs in May and 352,100 over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC continues to work with our local and Tri-Agency partners to foster innovative strategies to equip the Texas talent pool with industry aligned skills. Job creation is strong in Texas.”

May’s annual growth in the state’s goods producing industries was strong at 5.7 percent. Over the month, the Construction industry added 5,800 jobs, followed by Mining and Logging with 4,100 positions, while manufacturing employment expanded by 3,400 positions.

In Texas’ service providing sector, education and health services added 8,100 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for May.

Also within this sector, professional and business services added 4,300 jobs, followed by leisure and hospitality with a gain of 3,500 positions.

“Employers continue to contribute to our state’s great success. Private-sector employers have accounted for the addition of 346,300 positions in Texas over the past year as the state has continued to expand its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs.

Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.6 percent. The Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan, Lubbock, and Odessa MSAs all recorded the third lowest rate of 2.8 percent for May.

“Several Goods Producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including Construction,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

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