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09/16/2011

Texas loses 1,300 jobs in August, still 253,200 up over a year ago

Texas shed 1,300 jobs between July and August, declining to 10.615 million, the Texas Workforce Commission reported today.

Compared to August a year ago, the state was up 253,200 jobs.

The commission touted non-government private sector hiring, up 8,100 to 8.77 million in August compared to the month earlier. Private sector hiring was up 272,200 jobs over August a year ago.

"Texas continues to feel the pressures of a stagnant national economy," Tom Pauken, the commission chairman, said in a release. "Private sector gains were offset by government losses of 9,400 jobs in August, including 11,500 jobs lost in local government."

Six of Texas' major industries gained jobs in August. Seasonally adjusted employment by industry segment:

  • Mining and logging: down 2,700 to 245,300, up 35,200 over a year earlier.
  • Construction: up 1,900 to 594,500, up 27,100 over a year earlier.
  • Manufacturing: up 1,200 to 833,700, up 20,700 over a year earlier.
  • Trade, transportation and utilities: down 4,600 to 2.1 million, up 49,600 over a year earlier.
  • Information: down 1,800 to 186,900, down 7,700 over a year earlier.
  • Financial activities: up 600 to 631,300, up 10,200 over a year earlier.
  • Professional and business services: up 4,200 to 1.3 million, up 49,100 over a year earlier.
  • Education and health services: up 9,600 to 1.4 million, up 42,100 over a year earlier.
  • Leisure and hospitality: down 1,400 to 1 million, up 36,200 over a year earlier.
  • Other services: up 1,100 to 370,200, up 9,700 over a year earlier.
  • Government: down 9,400 to 1.8 million, down 19,000 over a year earlier.

The state's unemployment rate, determined by a separate survey, rose to 8.5 percent in August, up from 8.4 percent in July.

Fort Worth-Arlington employment, not seasonally adjusted, was 859,400 in August, up from 844,300 a year ago, the commission estimated. The unemployment rate was the same at 8.3 percent.

- Scott Nishimura

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Rising unemployment in Texas and negative job growth. And Rick Perry wants to do for America what he is doing for Texas?
Can things get any more bizarre with these crazy republican tea-baggers?
Stay tuned!

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