Monthly Jobs Report: Dallas Unemployment Down

The most recent monthly jobs report reveals the non-seasonally adjusted Dallas unemployment rate decreased slightly in August, coming in at 4.1 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. On a seasonally adjusted basis, 15,500  Dallas jobs were added during the same reporting period.

Across the state, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, representing a marginal increase from the month prior. Month over month, Texas added a total of 21,400 seasonally adjusted jobs.

What do these numbers mean to employers looking to staff Dallas jobs?

According to Robert Half Senior Regional President Mark Malo[TAS1] ne, employers need to stand out from the competition if they want to land top talent. “The Dallas unemployment rate saw a slight drop, and there are plenty of available jobs in the area,” he says. He advises employers to start by benchmarking starting salaries against those in the Robert Half 2017 Salary Guides to ensure they’re offering competitive compensation. Malone also notes that managers should play up other positive aspects of their companies to boost recruitment in job posting: “Remember that the job description drives the job posting, and it’s your first opportunity to catch a candidate’s eye. Include selling points like professional development and advancement opportunities to attract in-demand applicants.”

If employers have difficulties staffing Dallas jobs, Malone encourages them to think outside the box. “Sometimes, traditional recruiting methods just won’t cut it. For entry-level positions, try instituting a campus recruitment program to attract enthusiastic new workers,” he says. Other methods to consider include posting on social media and asking current employees for referrals. “Spread the word as much as you can. As long as you have a solid process in place to vet candidates, it can’t hurt to get more potential hires through your door,” Malone adds.

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