Compared to Texas, the table above shows employment sectors in Comal County changed at a higher rate for Construction, Manufacturing, Information, Financial Activities Group, Education & Health Svcs., Leisure & Hospitality Group and Public Administration between 1st quarter 2013 and 1st quarter 2014. During that same time period, area employment for Natural Resources & Mining, Trade, Transport. & Utilities, Prof., Business & Other Svcs and Other Services changed at a lower rate when compared to Texas.
Quarterly Workforce Indicators: The Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI) are derived from state administrative records and basic demographic information from the Census Bureau through a program called Local Employment Dynamics. Employment totals from the QWI are not exactly comparable with those from other sources. Generally, coverage and definitions differ between the QWI and data about establishments from administrative records (e.g., the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages or QCEW), and about workers from surveys (e.g., the decennial census, the American Community Survey, and the Current Population Survey or CPS.) More specifically, the QWI capture the complexity of workforce dynamics. Because the LED data from which the QWI are derived include all the jobs a worker holds in each quarter, multiple definitions of employment are possible (just as there are multiple definitions of unemployment). The definitions include: (1) All jobs held in a quarter, regardless of length of time the job is held (2) Jobs held at the beginning of a quarter (3) Jobs held at the end of a quarter and (4) Jobs held for a full quarter (the most stable measure of employment). For more information go to www.texasindustryprofiles.com/apps/led/QWI.asp.
(January 20, 2017) San Antonio, Texas – Workforce Solutions Alamo released information today indicating that the Comal County unemployment rate rose to 3.7 percent in December, up from 3.5 percent in November.
Comal County’s unemployment rate registered the same as the 3.7 percent overall jobless rate for the 12-county Workforce Solutions Alamo area, which includes Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties. Gillespie County registered the lowest unemployment rate amongst the counties at 2.7 percent while Atascosa County registered the highest rate at 5.0 percent.
Comparing the Workforce Solutions Alamo metro area to the state and nation, the Texas unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in December. The nation’s unadjusted (actual) unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in December. Comparatively, the state and nation released seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, with Texas holding steady at 4.6 percent in December while the nation’s unemployment rate went up to 4.7 percent.
The mission of Workforce Solutions Alamo involves working to strengthen the Alamo regional economy by growing and connecting talent pipelines to employers. Workforce Solutions Alamo reaches over 8,000 businesses and more than 2.0 million residents in the City of San Antonio and the counties of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Guadalupe, Gillespie, Karnes, Kerr, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties. For more information on available workforce programs and services, visit our website at www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org.
Note: Only the actual/unadjusted series unemployment rate estimates for Texas and the US are comparable to sub-state unemployment rates, taking into account seasonal changes. Adjusted rates are calculated by smoothing out the changes in unemployment due to the typical seasonal hirings and layoffs. Rates reported are estimates and changes in previously reported rates can occur with BLS readjustments.