Employment / Unemployment

 Unemployment Information

 

Unemployment Rate
  2009 2010 2011 2012
Jan 7.0% 9.7% 8.7% 7.4%
Feb 6.8% 9.1% 8.3% 7.1%
Mar 6.9% 8.8% 8.1% 6.9%
Apr 7.2% 8.6% 7.8% 6.4%
May 7.8% 8.6% 8.1% 6.8%
Jun 9.1% 9.1% 8.9% 7.5%
Jul 9.0% 9.0% 8.8% 7.5%
Aug 8.8% 8.8% 8.7% 7.5%
Sept 8.8% 8.2% 8.5% 7.1%
Oct 8.8% 8.2% 8.1% 6.5%
Nov 8.9% 8.4% 7.6%  
Dec 9.3% 8.1% 7.3%  

 

Occupation Title Average Starting Wage
Administrative Support  $9.57
Assembler / Fabricator $8.34
Construction Laborer $9.23
Customer Service Representative $9.23
Electrician $14.10
Forklift Operator $9.45
Legal Secretary $14.29
Nurse $23.65
Machine Operator $12.21
Machinist $12.26
Mechanic (Automotive) $10.52
Mechanic (Heavy Equipment) $14.08
Production Occupations $9.08
Receptionist $8.72
Teacher (Elementary) $21.44
Teacher (Secondary) $21.45
Truck Driver (Light) $9.16
Truck Driver ( Heavy) $11.79
Waiter / Waitress $8.11
Welder $11.90

Source: Texas Workforce Commission