Texas Q1, 2019 Employment Statistics

  • 705,288 employers, up 2.4% from 689,062
  • 12,405,289 employees, up 2.4% from 12,114,518
  • $1,204 average weekly wage, up 3.1% from $1,168
  • The average weekly wage is 1.7% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 8.7% below the national average

Employer & Employee Growth

In the last year, the number of employers in the state increased by 16,226, which is an increase of 2.4%. The number of employees in Texas increased by 290,772, an increase of 2.4%. During this same period, the average weekly wage increased by $36, an increase of 3.1%.

The number of private employers increased since last years' Q1. The number of private businesses increased by 16,313 or 2.4%. Growth in private businesses in Texas grew slower than the national average of 3.0%. The number of employees in these businesses increased since last years' Q1, increasing by 282,262 or 2.7%. The growth in employees of private businesses in Texas was faster than the national average of 1.7%.

The average weekly wage of employees of private businesses increased since last years' Q1. The averge weekly wage increased by $39 or 3.2%. Growth in average weekly wage of employees of private businesses in Texas grew faster than the national average of 3.0%.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 13.5% of the businesses in the state. The number of businesses in this sector increased by 4.2%. Healthcare (11.9%), which increased by 2.7% and Retail trade (11.1%), which increased by 0.5%, round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Business Change %
SectorChange Biz% Change
Information4654.8%
Company management1594.7%
Transport and warehousing9304.6%
Arts and entertainment3574.6%
Utilities844.3%
Professional services3,8504.2%
Educational services3084.0%
Real estate and rental1,2553.9%
Construction1,4632.9%
Accommodation and food services1,4742.7%
Healthcare2,2022.7%
Waste services1,0012.7%
Manufacturing6212.5%
Mining and oil extraction2322.5%
Finance and insurance5681.4%
Other services3000.5%
Retail trade4230.5%
Wholesale trade2190.5%
Agriculture and forestry-53-0.5%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 12.0% of the employees in the state, had an increase in employees of 2.3% in the last year. Retail trade (10.6%), decreased by 0.4% and Accommodation and food services (9.8%), increased by 2.7%, round out the top 3 sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Qtly Employee Change %
SectorEmployee Change% Change
Mining and oil extraction19,4388.4%
Arts and entertainment7,3795.6%
Professional services37,6604.9%
Construction33,9474.7%
Company management6,3334.5%
Transport and warehousing19,5724.1%
Manufacturing35,0064.1%
Educational services6,8374.1%
Real estate and rental6,9093.2%
Wholesale trade17,3552.9%
Accommodation and food services31,5092.7%
Other services7,9822.4%
Healthcare32,6402.3%
Finance and insurance9,4961.8%
Information3,3281.6%
Waste services9,9081.3%
Utilities6281.2%
Retail trade-4,876-0.4%
Agriculture and forestry-630-1.0%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $3,396per week compared with the state average of $1,240. Weekly wages in this sector rose by $110 or 3.3%. Mining and oil extraction ($3,114), rose by $87 or 2.9% and Utilities ($2,782) increased by $59 or 2.2% round out the 3 largest sectors.

Table: Sectors by Year-over-Year Weekly Wage Change %
SectorWage ChangeChange %
Real estate and rental$755.6%
Wholesale trade$694.1%
Retail trade$243.8%
Information$723.8%
Other services$263.4%
Waste services$313.4%
Company management$1103.3%
Accommodation and food services$123.1%
Arts and entertainment$182.9%
Mining and oil extraction$872.9%
Educational services$252.8%
Professional services$492.7%
Healthcare$232.6%
Construction$332.6%
Utilities$592.2%
Finance and insurance$462.1%
Agriculture and forestry$131.8%
Transport and warehousing$221.7%
Manufacturing$130.8%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Texas. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.2% of the businesses in the state (with 44,019 employing 997,422 workers). The Restaurants and other eating places industry had 1,135 more businesses, an increase of 2.6% in the last year. Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of businesses) added 1,309 businesses, an increase of 6.2% and Offices of physicians (3.0% of businesses) added 236 businesses, an increase of 1.1% round out the 3 industries with the most businesses.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change %
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Pension funds1560.0%
Pipeline transportation of crude oil9050.6%
Tobacco manufacturing250.0%
Other insurance funds444.4%
Trusts estates and agency accounts4443.6%
Coal mining1139.3%
Securities and commodity exchanges436.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Business Change #
IndustryBusiness Chg% Change
Computer systems design and related services1,3096.2%
Restaurants and other eating places1,1352.6%
Services for the elderly and disabled1,0296.4%
Management consulting services6614.0%
General freight trucking long-distance53513.9%
Offices of real estate agents and brokers4976.3%
Accounting and bookkeeping services4854.3%


Employees by Industry

Computer systems design and related services (3.2% of employees) added 1,309 employees, an increase of 6.2% and Offices of physicians (3.0% ofemployees) added 236 employees, an increase of 1.1% round out the 3 industries with the most employees.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change %
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Other insurance funds2696.3%
Broadcast and wireless communications equip.2,21567.7%
Artificial fibers and filaments manufacturing4057.4%
Battery manufacturing21256.1%
Open-end investment funds7855.7%
Other nonmetallic mineral mining30253.0%
Textile and fabric finishing mills9952.4%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Employee Change #
IndustryEmp Chg% Change
Restaurants and other eating places21,9542.2%
Support activities for mining16,02410.9%
Computer systems design and related services12,8137.1%
Oil and gas pipeline construction10,21621.6%
Engineering services7,6497.9%
Management consulting services6,4435.4%
Management of companies and enterprises6,3334.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

Computer systems design and related services ($3) and Offices of physicians ($3) round out the top 3 industries. Employees in the Computer systems design and related services ($3 per week) were paid $1,309 more per week, an increase of 6.2% and Offices of physicians ($3 per week) were paid $236 more per week, an increase of 1.1% round out the 3 industries that pay their employees the most.

Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change %
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Major household appliance manufacturing$2,807276.8%
Dry pea and bean farming$600101.0%
Artificial fibers and filaments manufacturing$1,95877.1%
Other performing arts companies$37774.5%
Casinos except casino hotels$24760.7%
Other publishers$1,15351.5%
Reinsurance carriers$1,20449.7%


Table: Top 7 Industries by Wage Change $
IndustryWkly Chg% Change
Major household appliance manufacturing$2,807276.8%
Artificial fibers and filaments manufacturing$1,95877.1%
Reinsurance carriers$1,20449.7%
Other publishers$1,15351.5%
Natural gas extraction$88124.0%
Other petroleum merchant wholesalers$68418.8%
Dry pea and bean farming$600101.0%


Company Size

Texas Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Texas by far. 56.7% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 650,343 small businesses in the state represent 94.5% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.9%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) Texas added 16,313 businesses in the last year, an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 3.0%.

Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 15,194 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. These mid-sized businesses added 1,044 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 2.9% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. These large businesses added 75 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 4.8% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



Texas Employees by Business Size

Texas added 846,786 employees in the last year, an increase of 8.8% as compared to the national average of 5.2%. Small businesses are defined as companies with fewer than 50 employees. These small businesses added 248,982 businesses in the last year, which is an increase of 62.0% as compared to the national average of 4.2%.

Mid-sized businesses are defined as companies with between 50 and 499 employees. Mid-sized businesses added 338,087 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 8.5% as compared to the national average of 4.7%.

Large businesses are defined as companies with more than 500 employees. Large businesses added 259,717 employees in the last year, which is an increase of 16.6% as compared to the national average of 9.2%.

Texas Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

The smallest companies in Texas (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 6.4% more than the national average ($1,074 per week as compared to the national average of $1,005 per week). The largest companies in Texas (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 0.3% workers above the national average ($1,918 per week as compared to the national average of $1,913 per week).

Average weekly wages in small businesses added $131 per week in the last year, which is an increase of 3.4% as compared to the national average of 3.1%. Employees of mid-sized businesses added $96 in wages per week in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 1.3%.

Employees of large businesses added $91 of weekly wages in the last year, which is an increase of 2.6% as compared to the national average of 2.1%.



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.