Texas Labor Force Exceeds 13 Million in September 2014

AUSTIN, October 20, 2014 – Labor market figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today showed that in September 2014, the seasonally adjusted civilian labor force in Texas exceeded 13 million individuals for the first time ever, at 13,005,600. The civilian labor force comprises those individuals in Texas either working or looking for work.

“This milestone is the latest positive news for the Texas economy,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Our skilled, diverse, and growing civilian labor force is key to the successful business climate that makes Texas the best place to live, work, and grow a business. I’m proud of the Texas workforce.”

Texas’ unemployment rate, which is the percentage of the civilian labor force that is unemployed, was 5.2 percent in September, down from 6.3 percent over the year and below the national unemployment rate of 5.9 percent. The civilian labor force first exceeded 12 million individuals in July of 2009.

“There is no limit to what we can accomplish with a labor force of 13 million hardworking Texans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Our mission is to ensure that every one of them either has a good job or can find one. With a strong economy and local partners committed to helping job seekers, we can make that happen.”
The growth in Texas’ civilian labor force has coincided with growth in businesses and jobs. Over the last year, every major industry in the state has shown positive growth, with seven major industries growing at or above 3.0 percent. There are currently nearly 485,000 employers in Texas.

“A milestone civilian labor force in Texas is a tremendous economic asset as we expand our pipeline of skilled, work-ready individuals for Texas employers as they continue to grow and create jobs here in the Lone Star State,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

Job seekers can visit www.WorkInTexas.com, the premier job search engine for Texas, and can also visit their local Workforce Solutions office (which can be found on the Locations page at www.texasworkforce.org).

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit www.tracer2.com.

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