San Antonio Business Journal
BYLINE: James Aldridge
The San Antonio metropolitan area’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in April, the lowest rate since May 2009, according to figures released Friday by Workforce Solutions Alamo.
Total non-agricultural employment in the San Antonio-New Braunfels area expanded by 5,800 jobs, or 0.7 percent, to 851,500 in April. Over the past 12 months, the metro area added 13,300 jobs.
“The unemployment rate continues to drop in the Alamo region,” says Workforce Solutions Alamo Executive Director Patrick W. Newman. “We encourage anyone who is having difficulty finding a job to contact our Career Centers because we have jobs in our pipeline, from on-the-job training opportunities to scheduled job fairs with multiple employers.”
Leisure and Hospitality hired 2,600 jobs over the month and 5,800 jobs over the year. Education and Health Services added 2,400 jobs over the month and 4,500 jobs over the year. Professional and Business Services added 2,300 jobs over the month but lost 1,000 jobs over the year.
More growth was experienced in Manufacturing (300 jobs), Information (100 jobs), Other Services (300) and Government (300 jobs).
In the job loss column, Construction lost 1,500 jobs over the month, but gained 2,200 over the year. Trade, Transportation and Utilities lost 500 jobs over the month, but gained 3,600 jobs over the year. Financial Activities lost 800 jobs over the month, but gained 700 jobs over the year.
No changes were reported in the Mining and Logging industry over the month, but gained 500 jobs over the year.
The Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 6.5 percent in April, down from 7 percent in March. The nation’s unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate decreased to 7.7 percent in April, down from 8.4 percent in March.
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