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Friday, August 06, 2010

Dallas Construction Jobs Drop 9 Percent

As the city continued adding jobs on a monthly and yearly basis, more Dallas construction jobs were lost during June.

That month, the Dallas-Plano-Irving area's unemployment rate increased from 8.1 percent to 8.5 percent, after falling from 8.2 percent during May. Despite the latest increase, the Dallas area's rate was still lower than the national average at the time of 9.5 percent.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Dallas area had a total non-farm employment of 2,040,300 workers during June, which is up from 2,027,500 workers during May and a 1.3 percent increase from last year.

Only two industries lost workers between May and June, including the government industry, which lost 2,800 jobs, and the leisure and hospitality industry, which lost 200 jobs.

Industries that added jobs over the month include:

  • Professional and business services by 5,600 jobs
  • Mining, logging and construction by 3,100 jobs
  • Education and health services by 2,800 jobs
  • Manufacturing by 2,400 jobs
  • Trade, transportation and utilities by 1,100 jobs
  • Financial activities by 300 jobs
  • Other services by 300 jobs
  • Information by 200 jobs
Four industries saw a yearly increase in employment during June. The education and health services industry saw the biggest growth, increasing by 7.5 percent to 255,100 workers, while the government industry was a close second, growing by 7.1 percent to 280,700 jobs.

The professional and business services industry grew by 4.5 percent to 336,900 workers, while the manufacturing industry increased by 2.7 percent to 177,900 jobs.

The mining, logging and construction industry lost the most jobs over the year, as its workforce declined by 9 percent to 103,100 workers. The information industry experienced the second-biggest loss, declining by 8.6 percent to 61,800 jobs.

Other industries that saw a yearly decrease in employment include: other services by 2.5 percent; trade, transportation and utilities by 1.6 percent; financial activities by 1.4 percent; and leisure and hospitality by 1.1 percent.

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