Texas Unemployment Rate Rises to a Two-Year High in August; EmploymentCrossing Adds 55,733 Texas-Based Jobs in One Month

Released on: September 23, 2008, 2:46 am

Press Release Author: Mary Waldron

Industry: Marketing

Press Release Summary: Pasadena, CA Following the Texas Workforce Commission's
report of a rise in the jobless rate in Texas, EmploymentCrossing
(www.employmentcrossing.com), one of the leading job boards in the world, has
announced that it added about 55,733 jobs in Texas in the last month. The job site
provides instant access to a comprehensive pool of job listings based on specific
industries and job profiles. EmploymentCrossing has a large database of more than
250,000 jobs scoured from over 8,000 job boards and employer websites every day.

Press Release Body: Texas employers managed to add some jobs in August, but the
number was drastically less than the month before, and it was not enough to keep up
with the state's climbing jobless rate, which rose to 5%, its highest level in two
years. The biggest August job gains in Austin, the state's capital, were in the
government and hospitality sectors, but the state's overall unemployment rate jumped
from 4.7% in July as job growth slowed and the number of job seekers rose sharply,
the commission said.

''Although the Texas unemployment rate of 5% is below the US rate of 6.1%, it is
still a matter of concern'' said A. Harrison Barnes, CEO of EmploymentCrossing.
''The rise in the Texas unemployment rate for August reflects the economic
challenges facing our nation as a whole.''

A breakdown by industry in Texas indicates that the natural resources and mining
industry in the state added 1,500 jobs last month and 15,800 jobs over the past
year. The hospitality industry added 1,100 jobs in August and 38,800 jobs within the
past year. Experts say that Texas is facing various economic challenges, though, and
will face many more in the coming months with many industries rebuilding in the
aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

''It is really unfortunate that the state's unemployment rate rose to 5% in August
despite the addition of 6,700 jobs in August and 252,000 jobs during the past year.
But job seekers should not lose hope amidst the economic difficulties. They should
look for venues where they can search for all jobs, including jobs from employer
websites, because there is already intense competition for securing jobs from
ordinary job boards. EmploymentCrossing is the only site in the world which lists
nearly all the jobs which are active in the country, including jobs from other job
boards and employer websites,'' adds Barnes.

According to Texas-related job searches performed on the site, the top five job
titles on EmploymentCrossing are:

* Healthcare jobs (14,430 jobs)
* Managerial jobs (11,785 jobs)
* Information technology jobs (9,230 jobs)
* Engineering jobs (7,570 jobs)
* Nursing jobs (6,498 jobs)

According to Barnes, ''EmploymentCrossing tries to leverage the existing job market
of Texas with the help of quality efforts put in by hundreds of research analysts
who scour jobs from every nook and cranny of the country. Unlike other job boards
that simply herd masses of job listings without looking back, EmploymentCrossing
weeds out spam and jobs outside one's niche, allowing job seekers to search
efficiently and specifically.''

EmploymentCrossing added a whopping 150,000+ new US jobs to the site in the last
week, and the company aims to boost its job count in the coming weeks. For more
information on EmploymentCrossing, log on to www.employmentcrossing.com.

About EmploymentCrossing

EmploymentCrossing is a powerful and comprehensive organization dedicated to helping
professionals find jobs that will enhance their careers. EmploymentCrossing consists
of 90+ industry-specific job boards which consolidate every job opening they can
find in one convenient location. The website also offers a seven-day free trial to
new members.

Web Site: http://www.employmentcrossing.com/

Contact Details: Contact:
Mary Waldron, Editorial Coordinator

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