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09/17/2010

Texas has second straight monthly job decline, Workforce Commission says

Here's more from today's Texas jobs release from the Texas Workforce Commission:

* August's jobs drop - caused by an expected and continued decline in Census jobs - was the state's second monthly jobs decline, following six months of gains.

Jobpostings * July's numbers - originally estimated as a gain of 4,600 jobs - were revised downward to a loss of 5,400 jobs from June.

* The annual growth rate for non-agricultural employment has been positive for the last four months and rose slightly in August to 1.3 percent.

* Non-agricultural employment dropped by 34,200 jobs to 10.356 million. Employment was 10.218 million at December 2009.

* Government jobs dropped to 1.822 million from 1.857 million, a loss of 35,300 jobs, as the Census shed workers.

* Non-government jobs rose to 8.534 million from 8.532 million, a gain of 1,100.

* Education and health services rose to 1.397 million jobs, up from 1.385 million, a gain of 12,400. Including a revised decline of 2,000 jobs in July, this segment gained jobs in three of the last five months over the previous month. Gain since August 2009: 57,300.

* Professional and business services had its eighth straight month of gains, going to 1.272 million jobs from 1.268 million, a gain of 4,100 jobs. Gain since January: 44,800.

* Manufacturing posted its eighth gain this year, adding 1,300 jobs for a total 838,500, up from 837,200.  Gain since August 2009: 17,800.

* Information put up its first monthly gain since February, adding 900 jobs for a total 189,500. Loss since January: 9,200 jobs.

* Construction added 200 jobs to 569,000, its fifth straight month of gains. Gain since March: more than 25,000 jobs.

* Financial activities added 100 jobs in August for a total 628,200, the sixth month of gains in the last 12.

* Mining and logging was unchanged 221,500, after six months of increases. Gain this year: 23,400.

* Leisure and hospitality lost 2,400 jobs after a revised gain of 4,200 jobs in July, the second drop in employment in the last three months.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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