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While Texas Governor Greg Abbott was seen recently celebrating the latest September jobs surge numbers for Texas, following the latest release from our Texas Workforce Commission and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest numbers show that Texas is again way out in front of the nation in jobs added over the last 12 months.

Texas did break the state’s all-time record for total jobs for the eleventh consecutive month in a row. Our employers put more than 40,000 "new nonfarm" jobs on the record for the month of September. Which by the way more than doubled the number added the previous month.

“Texas is the land of opportunity where people want to live and work — and where businesses want to invest and grow,” said Governor Abbott. “The jobs surge in Texas in September, with 40,000 new jobs added, once again shows that opportunity flourishes where the freedom to aspire is secured. While job creators face economic uncertainty at the national level, Texas again leads all states for jobs added over the last 12 months. Today, I am proud more Texans are working than ever before. Together, we will continue to create greater opportunity for all.”
Source: Texas Workforce Commission

September’s strong jobs numbers reported for Texas are coming from the latest report from the Texas Workforce Commission and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A new record for total jobs at 13,571,800 doubled the number of jobs added in August.

The biggest job gains came in the fields of leisure and hospitality, trade, transportation, utilities, and financials. A new record for total employed is at 14,003,146. However, the numbers that Wallethub is reporting are quite a bit different because Wallethub did their comparisons year to year, not month to month as seen below.

-20.27% Change in Unemployment (September 2022 vs September 2021)

  • 580,940 unemployed people in September 2022 vs 728,670 in September 2021;
  • 23rd worst change in the U.S.

-45.94% Change in Unemployment (September 2022 vs September 2020)

  • 580,940 unemployed people in September 2022 vs 1,074,540 in September 2020;
  • 18th worst change in the U.S.

16.95% Change in Unemployment (September 2022 vs September 2019)

  • 580,940 unemployed people in September 2022 vs 496,744 in September 2019;
  • 5th worst change in the U.S.

-5.54% Change in Not Seasonally Adjusted Continued Claims (September 2022 vs August 2022)

  • 98,191 continued claims in September 2022 vs 103,953 in August 2022;
  • 7th worst change in the U.S.

4.0% Unemployment Rate (September 2022)

  • 14th highest unemployment rate in the U.S.

Nonetheless, if you are looking for a job in the Lone Star State there are plenty available, just consider a 54-year-old worker who loses their job in today's economy. Today, jobs are plentiful and conditions are much more favorable for finding a new job. But, there is one continuous issue for a 54-year-old and older, and it's age discrimination.

At the EEOC's meeting back in June it was reported that age discrimination remains a significant and costly problem for workers, their families, and our country. Today's Baby Boomers range in age from 54 to 72 and because of a 20-year span difference in age, is that they have a wide difference in work and retirement.

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