Labor Force and Unemployment

August 2015 Total Labor Force Number Unemployed Unemployment Rate
All Counties 363,156 14,856 4.26%
2014 Average Annual
All Counties 179,695 9,471 5.30%
2013 Average Annual      
All Counties 178,500 11,605 6.50%
Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Labor Market and Career Information, Unemployment, Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS). September 2015
Note: All data is for Anderson, Cherokee, Ellis, Freestone, Henderson, Kaufman, Navarro, Smith, and Van Zandt Counties. 

 

Commute Patterns

  Distribution of Workers
Commute Time Number of Workers Local State U.S.
Less than 15 minutes 3,276 64.40% 27.30% 27.00%
15 to 29 minutes 881 17.30% 30.80% 34.90%
30 to 44 minutes 153 3.00% 21.00% 19.00%
45 to 59 minutes 343 6.70% 7.70% 7.10%
60 or more minutes 150 2.90% 2.00% 7.60%
Estimated Average Travel Time to Work   17.0 min. 25.0 min. 27.2 min.

 

Employment Taxes & Mandated Benefits

Tax / Benefit Rate / Basis Administering Agency
Unemployment Insurance 0.47 percent to 7.49 percent on the first $9,000 that employee earns during the calendar year per employee. Effective Tax Rate for 2015 = General Tax Rate (GTR) + Replenishment Tax Rate (RTR) + Obligation Assessment Rate (OA) + Deficit Tax Rate (DTR) + Employment and Training Investment Assessment (ETIA) Texas Workforce Commission
     
Employment Training Tax Included in the Unemployment Insurance Tax Texas Workforce Commission
     
Workers' Compensation Worker’s comp is non-mandatory. A rate guide is published to assist in comparison shopping for workers' compensation coverage. Texas Department of Insurance
     
Family & Medical Leave Texas does not have Family & Medical Leave. Employers must comply with the Federal FMLA if they have at least 50 employees for at least 20 weeks in the current or previous year. Paid leave is not required but employees may use vacation or PTO. Texas Workforce Commission
     
Source: Texas Department of Insurance, Texas Workforce Commission, September 2015

 

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