Austin is at 7.2% unemployment for the month of August 2009, and we came down slightly from the month before (which was 7.3%).
The US national average is 9.6%, down from9.7%.
From the Texas Workforce Commission’s website:
“Financial Activities employment increased by 600 jobs in August [in Texas]. This was the fifth monthly gain since January, and the eighth monthly job increase in the last 12 months. Since January, this industry added 3,100 jobs. The hardest hit industries in August were Leisure and Hospitality recording a month-over-month drop of 12,900 positions. Construction was down 11,700 jobs, and Manufacturing industry employment fell by 10,900 jobs.”
Good news is, we’ve gotten some rain! It’s actually in the 60’s today and I’m wearing pants instead of the shorts I’ve been sporting since May. We’re heading to the beach this weekend so I was kinda hoping for some warm weather for swimming, but then again, I’m not quite ready to don a swimsuit yet.