Austin, Texas employment / unemployment rates for May

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement Friday announcing the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) release of May employment numbers.

The numbers show continued economic expansion, as Texas employers added 74,200 jobs over the month – more than any other state – and again, smashing all previous records for total jobs at 13,357,100.

Gov. Abbott says, “Texas leads the nation in job creation thanks to continued investments by innovative, resilient Texas businesses and the best workforce in America. More Texans are working than ever before as we break all previous records for total jobs. This economic moment in the Lone Star State, despite the challenges businesses face throughout the country, is more proof that two competing economic models in our nation — offering freedom to succeed versus strangling businesses with overregulation and over-taxation — the Texas model works. I look forward to continuing to work with businesses large and small as we continue to spur ongoing job creation and expansion opportunities for Texans in all regions of this great state. “

While the number of jobs in Texas has increased, information from the Texas labor market indicated the unemployment rate in Austin increased from 2.5% to 2.7% in May, according to Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

However, data from the TWC showed the Austin metro unemployment rate remained below Texas’ 3.8% and the overall US rate of 3.4%. The TWC also said the Austin metro gained 1,600 jobs from April to May.

In the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties, the industries that saw the most growth from April to May were government, professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, information and manufacturing.

The industries that experienced an industry decline between April and May were education and health services, other services and mining, logging and construction.

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