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Workforce

More than 5,800 companies do business in Denton. Much of the labor shed has received their training right here in Denton, which is home to two major universities, the University of North Texas (UNT) and Texas Woman’s University (TWU). Specialized training for local businesses is also provided by North Central Texas College (NCTC). Denton Independent School District (DISD) sets the foundation for our youth with a curriculum that includes advanced technology, instruction and business/life skills.

Texas is a Right-to-Work state. According to the Texas Workforce Commission’s labor estimates, the available workforce for the City of Denton is 72,823.

 Workforce Characteristics:

Geography Employed Unemployed Total
Workforce
Unemployment
Rate
City of Denton 70,172 2,651 72,823 3.6
Denton County 438,203 17,881 456,084 3.9
State of Texas 12,838,130 675,604 13,513,734 5.0
United States 152,628,000 7,284,000 159,912,000 4.6

Texas Workforce Commission, March 2017, not seasonally adjusted

The Workforce Inflow and Outflow figure below was generated using the U.S. Census Bureau’s “On the Map” application, which provides a snapshot of the inflow and outflow patterns of the workforce in the Denton labor shed. 

Denton Workforce Inflow and Outflow: