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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Thousands of San Antonio Government Jobs Added

Thousands of San Antonio government jobs were added last month. Visit to learn more.

During September, the San Antonio area's unemployment rate decreased from 7.6 percent to 7.2 percent, providing some relief after the rate remained at 7.7 percent in June and July. The recent drop keeps the area's rate lower than the national average of 9.6 percent.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the San Antonio-New Braunfels area had a total non-farm employment of 834,800 workers during September, which is up from 830,700 workers during August and a .7 percent increase from last year.

Five industries managed to see a monthly increase in employment during September. The government industry experienced the biggest growth, increasing by 6,300 jobs, which was followed by the education and health services industry's addition of 1,300 jobs.

The other services industry increased by 400 jobs; while the professional and business services industry grew by 300 workers; and the mining and logging industry added 100 jobs.

Employment in the manufacturing and trade, transportation and utilities industries remained even over the month with 41,900 jobs and 144,400 jobs, respectively.

Six industries experienced a yearly increase in employment. The mining and logging industry grew the most, increasing by 12.1 percent, for a current total of 3,700 jobs. That was followed by the government industry, which grew by 2.4 percent between September 2009 and September 2010 to 161,000 jobs.

The professional and business services industry increased by 1.6 percent to 99,700 jobs; while the financial activities industry grew by 1.2 percent to 65,700 workers; the trade, transportation and utilities industry increased by .8 percent to 144,400 jobs; and the education and health services industry grew by .6 percent to  123,700 workers.

The leisure and hospitality industry decreased the most during September, losing 3,300 jobs. That was followed by the construction industry, which lost 600 jobs, and the information and financial activities industries, both of which lost 200 jobs.

The information industry lost the most jobs over the year, decreasing by 5.3 percent to 18,000 workers. The construction industry declined by 1.7 percent to 45,900 jobs; while the other services industry dropped by 1 percent to 30,600 workers; the manufacturing industry declined by .7 percent to 41,900 jobs; and the leisure and hospitality industry decreased by .2 percent to 100,200 workers.

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