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Texas adds 19,100 nonfarm jobs in June; Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rate 5.3 percent

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By Scott Nishimura

Texas added 19,100 nonfarm jobs in June, and the state was up 371,000 jobs since the same month the prior year, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The state’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June, same as the prior month, and down from 6.4 percent a year earlier.

Fort Worth-Arlington unemployment was 5.3 percent in June, compared with 6.6 percent a year earlier.

“The positive news continues,” Andres Alcantar, the Workforce Commission chairman, said. “Every major industry expanded over the year, with mining and logging leading the way at a 7 percent annual growth rate.”

Seven of Texas’ 11 major industry segments posted employment increases compared to May, led by 7,700 jobs added in trade, transportation, and utilities, the commission said.

“From teachers and health care workers to truck drivers and accountants, Texas is hiring,” said Ronny Congleton, workforce commissioner representing labor.

Texas’ major industry segments and how they did in June compared to May and June 2013:

Mining and logging: 311,500; 311,000; 291,100 Construction: 632,700; 636,100; 613,600 Manufacturing: 884,200; 883,600; 871,700 Trade, transportation and utilities: 2,330,500; 2,322,800; 2,240,100 Information: 206,900; 208,000; 200,600 Financial activities: 702,800; 699,900; 682,700 Professional and business services: 1,523,200; 1,517,600; 1,456,000 Education and health services: 1,533,400; 1,526,000; 1,480,800 Leisure and hospitality: 1,186,000; 1,188,200; 1,138,700 Other services: 397,700; 402,800; 396,000 Government: 1,841,100; 1,834,900; 1,807,700

Fort Worth-Arlington had 948,100 nonfarm jobs in June, compared to 924,000 a year earlier. Major industry segments in June, compared to the same month the prior year:

Mining, logging and construction: 65,800 jobs, compared to 63,100. Manufacturing: 94,200 jobs, compared to 92,600. Trade, transportation and utilities: 217,300, compared to 209,800. Information: 12,700, compared to 13,700. Financial activities: 52,100, compared to 55,000. Professional and business services: 112,400, compared to 104,000. Education and health services: 118,800, compared to 117,700. Leisure and hospitality: 109,200, compared to 105,100. Other services: 37,300, compared to 36,300. Government, which includes public schools: 128,300, compared to 126,700.

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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