Unemployment

A few visitors work on computers at the Central Texas Workforce Solutions Center in Killeen.

Herald file photo

The Killeen-Temple metro job market saw a slight increase in its nonseasonally adjusted unemployment figures in August with 7,600 civilian laborers out of work, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The number of unemployed workers was reported at 7,400 in July. The jump in unemployed workers represented a 4.2 unemployment rate for the metro area in August, a 0.1 percent increase from the previous month. The unemployment rate was a 0.5 decrease from the same time last year.

The commission reported a total civilian labor force of 178,700 in the metro area in August.

The Texas economy expanded for the 14th consecutive month with the addition of 5,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in August.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in July. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent, which was more than double the annual growth rate set the previous year.

“Texas employers added 298,600 jobs over the year in the diverse and competitive Texas economy,” said commission Chairman Andres Alcantar in a news release. “TWC is dedicated to building and deploying the partnerships necessary to support the rebuilding of our Texas communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey and to put our fellow Texans back to work.”

According to the release, the “trade, transportation, and utilities” industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 9,100 jobs added. Construction expanded by 2,600 jobs, adding 15,200 jobs over the year.

Manufacturing saw an increase of 2,200 jobs in August, representing a 4.2 percent employment growth rate over the year, the industry’s highest annual growth rate since March 2012.

“Private-sector employment was strong over the year with an increase in overall jobs of 270,800, including 4,400 jobs added in August,” said Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “After the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey, TWC and our Workforce Solutions partners are committed to ensuring our state resources and services are provided to impacted Texas businesses, individuals, and communities to help get Texans get back to work and regain their lives.”

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