Labor Day 2023 Message from Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa

On Labor Day, we come together to honor and recognize the hardworking individuals who contribute to our state and nation. Whether you are a medical professional, teacher, grocery worker, truck driver, custodian, or hold any other occupation, your dedication and commitment keep our communities thriving and our economy strong. We appreciate the sacrifices you make to ensure our families are healthy, our children receive an education, and our food supply remains stocked.

Labor Day is a reminder that our workers are not just colleagues, but also our friends, family, and neighbors. They are individuals striving to provide for their families, support education, and pursue their dreams. It is our duty to support our workforce, labor unions, and those who simply want their children to have more opportunities than they did.

Let us also acknowledge the employers who create millions of jobs for Texans. From small businesses to large corporations, these entities employ over 15 million Texans and serve as the backbone of our economy.

The impact of Texas workers extends beyond our borders, and it is their sweat, dedication, and perseverance that make our state and nation second to none. Labor Day holds a special place in our hearts and serves as a day to recognize all the workers who make Texas and the U.S.A. a great place to live and raise our families. So, let us show our support to our workers not just today, but every day. A simple “thank you” can go a long way. Thank you, workers, for everything you have done and continue to do for our communities, our state, and our nation.

By the Numbers:

  • Texas currently has its largest labor force in history, with over 15 million people.
  • Texas ranks first in the nation for annual job growth, with 441,700 new positions created between July 2022 and July 2023.
  • The statewide labor force participation rate in Texas is 64.2 percent, which is 1.6 percent higher than the U.S. national average.
  • Texas has outpaced the national average in annual employment growth in 10 out of the 11 major industries.
  • In July, the number of employed individuals in Texas reached over 14.4 million, setting another record high.
  • During the month of July 2023, Texas added nearly 26,000 new private sector jobs, indicating that businesses are choosing to relocate and expand in the state.
  • Texas currently has 644,000 employers, the highest number in our state’s history, and they are the driving force behind job creation.
  • Over the past decade, Texas private sector employers have added more than 2.5 million jobs.

These numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission highlight the strength and resilience of our workforce and the positive impact they have on our economy. Let us celebrate and appreciate the contributions of our workers on this Labor Day and every day.

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