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Abilene Unemployment Sees Slight Increase, Still More Working

The unemployment rates for February are in, and even though Abilene’s are up slightly, there are still more people working.
The unemployment rates for February are in, and even though Abilene’s are up slightly, there are still more people working.

Abilene's unemployment rate rose slightly in February to 4.6 percent, compared to 4.5 percent in January.

However, there was a net increase of 400 jobs in the Abilene metro area in February, so even though the unemployment rate rose slightly, there were still more people working overall.

In Texas, employers added 37,600 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in February. Those additions, coupled with a revised gain of 43,000 jobs in January, boosted annual growth to 314,200 jobs in Texas.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent in February. It was down from 6.5 percent in February 2013, and was a full percentage point below the nation’s February unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

“The Texas economy added 314,200 jobs over the year for an annual growth rate of 2.8 percent,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “I encourage job seekers to visit their local Workforce Solutions office to take advantage of the jobs being created across industries in Texas.”

Eight out of 11 major industries expanded over the month. Industries in the private sector added 31,000 jobs in February for a total of 278,000 added over the year and a 3.0 percent annual growth rate. Professional and Business Services added more positions than any other major industry over the month, with 10,600 jobs added.

“Growing at 5.5 percent over the year, Mining and Logging continued to show the highest rate of expansion of any major industry in Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Growth in this industry and many others in the short and long term is more positive news for job seekers in Texas.”

Financial Activities also recorded positive growth with 7,400 jobs added over the month and has expanded in 39 of the last 41 months. Construction jobs increased by 5,700 in February for a total of 14,900 jobs added over the last three months.

“In the last year, we have seen broad-based growth in Texas, with all 11 major industries continuing to grow annually, and 10 of those industries posting annual growth rates of 2.0 percent or higher,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest February unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA had the second lowest at 3.7 percent and the Amarillo MSA was third at 4.2 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)

 

February 2014

January 2014

February 2013

 

C.L.F.

Emp.  

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

United States

155,027.0

144,134.0

10,893.0

7.0

154,381.0

143,526.0

10,855.0

7.0

154,727.0

142,228.0

12,500.0

8.1

Texas

12,907.1

12,150.6

756.5

5.9

12,818.5

12,074.9

743.6

5.8

12,713.0

11,875.1

837.9

6.6

Abilene

84.5

80.6

3.9

4.6

83.8

80.0

3.8

4.5

84.0

79.6

4.4

5.2

Amarillo

133.4

127.8

5.6

4.2

133.1

127.6

5.5

4.1

134.1

127.9

6.2

4.6

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos

1,015.8

967.4

48.4

4.8

1,010.2

963.0

47.2

4.7

991.8

937.3

54.5

5.5

Beaumont-Port Arthur

183.6

166.9

16.7

9.1

182.6

165.5

17.1

9.4

187.2

168.1

19.1

10.2

Brownsville-Harlingen

165.4

149.2

16.2

9.8

164.7

148.7

16.0

9.7

163.7

146.2

17.5

10.7

College Station-Bryan

122.3

116.8

5.5

4.5

117.2

111.9

5.3

4.5

118.1

112.0

6.1

5.2

Corpus Christi

219.4

207.1

12.3

5.6

217.5

205.3

12.2

5.6

217.5

204.2

13.3

6.1

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,411.0

3,213.1

197.9

5.8

3,395.3

3,201.3

194.0

5.7

3,360.5

3,141.8

218.7

6.5

  Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,275.8

2,142.6

133.2

5.9

2,263.5

2,133.7

129.8

5.7

2,239.9

2,092.5

147.4

6.6

  Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,135.2

1,070.5

64.7

5.7

1,131.8

1,067.6

64.2

5.7

1,120.7

1,049.4

71.3

6.4

El Paso

324.0

297.6

26.4

8.1

323.4

297.5

25.9

8.0

326.3

296.1

30.2

9.3

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown

3,144.0

2,965.1

178.9

5.7

3,127.0

2,951.2

175.8

5.6

3,087.1

2,889.3

197.8

6.4

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood

172.7

161.2

11.5

6.7

171.8

160.5

11.3

6.6

171.0

158.5

12.5

7.3

Laredo

102.2

95.6

6.6

6.4

101.9

95.6

6.3

6.2

101.0

93.9

7.1

7.1

Longview

115.6

109.5

6.1

5.3

114.4

108.3

6.1

5.3

115.1

108.4

6.7

5.8

Lubbock

151.0

144.3

6.7

4.4

148.9

142.5

6.4

4.3

147.3

139.8

7.5

5.1

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

323.9

290.5

33.4

10.3

323.3

289.3

34.0

10.5

319.1

283.4

35.7

11.2

Midland

96.2

93.3

2.9

3.0

95.6

92.8

2.8

2.9

93.2

90.1

3.1

3.3

Odessa

85.7

82.5

3.2

3.7

85.5

82.4

3.1

3.6

84.4

81.0

3.4

4.0

San Angelo

57.4

54.8

2.6

4.6

57.0

54.4

2.6

4.5

56.7

53.8

2.9

5.2

San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,054.5

996.8

57.7

5.5

1,045.2

988.7

56.5

5.4

1,039.3

975.3

64.0

6.2

Sherman-Denison

58.3

54.9

3.4

5.9

58.2

54.9

3.3

5.7

57.8

53.7

4.1

7.1

Texarkana

62.4

57.9

4.5

7.2

62.1

57.5

4.6

7.4

62.8

58.2

4.6

7.3

Tyler

103.1

96.8

6.3

6.1

103.0

96.7

6.3

6.1

101.6

94.8

6.8

6.7

Victoria

63.7

60.7

3.0

4.7

62.9

60.0

2.9

4.7

62.7

59.3

3.4

5.4

Waco

115.0

108.6

6.4

5.6

114.3

108.2

6.1

5.3

113.9

106.8

7.1

6.2

Wichita Falls

70.3

66.4

3.9

5.5

70.1

66.3

3.8

5.4

70.9

66.5

4.4

6.2



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