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Texas Adds 240,500 Jobs Over the Year

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AUSTIN ? Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in January and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Texas economy added 240,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 16,000 jobs added in January. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.0 percent in January, marking 93 consecutive months of annual growth.

“Texas employers kicked off 2018 with the addition of 16,000 jobs in January and 240,500 over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Thanks to our state’s world-class employers, diverse industry sectors and highly-talented workforce, Texas continues to be a national leader in job creation and the premier place to do business."

Industries adding jobs in January included Mining and Logging, which added 3,300 jobs; Education and Health Services, which added 2,800 jobs; and Manufacturing added 2,400 positions.

“Texas’ private-sector employers contributed to another successful month of growth by adding 12,400 jobs in January,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “This growth reflects our state’s strong ability to continuously attract more employers and workers.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.4 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.8 percent. The Austin-Round Rock MSA had the third lowest rate of 3.0 percent for January.

“The Texas labor market’s 93rd consecutive month of positive annual growth is proof that our Texas workers have much to offer,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.  “I encourage those looking for career advancements to visit WorkInTexas.com.”

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Alvarez on the latest labor market data are available on the TWC website press release page. Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit tracer2.com.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonaly Adjusted (Thousands)
January 2018 December 2017 January 2017
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 160,037.0 152,848.0 7,189.0 4.5 159,880.0 153,602.0 6,278.0 3.9 158,676.0 150,527.0 8,149.0 5.1
Texas 13,622.1 13,054.1 568.0 4.2 13,598.1 13,096.2 501.8 3.7 13,417.3 12,749.0 668.4 5.0
Abilene 76.0 73.3 2.7 3.6 75.9 73.5 2.4 3.1 74.7 71.6 3.1 4.1
Amarillo 131.3 127.6 3.7 2.8 131.5 128.2 3.3 2.5 130.3 125.9 4.4 3.4
Austin-Round Rock 1,170.9 1,136.0 35.0 3.0 1,164.2 1,133.1 31.1 2.7 1,134.3 1,094.5 39.8 3.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.9 163.1 12.8 7.3 173.8 162.2 11.5 6.6 176.3 161.8 14.4 8.2
Brownsville-Harlingen 165.8 154.5 11.3 6.8 164.1 154.4 9.7 5.9 167.2 153.6 13.6 8.2
College Station-Bryan 131.6 127.5 4.1 3.1 131.8 128.2 3.6 2.7 125.9 121.1 4.8 3.8
Corpus Christi 205.7 193.6 12.0 5.9 206.2 195.3 10.9 5.3 208.7 194.5 14.2 6.8
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,825.1 3,687.4 137.7 3.6 3,827.1 3,706.3 120.8 3.2 3,745.5 3,592.3 153.2 4.1
  Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,586.3 2,493.6 92.7 3.6 2,585.9 2,504.4 81.4 3.1 2,528.4 2,426.5 102.0 4.0
  Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,238.8 1,193.8 45.0 3.6 1,241.2 1,201.9 39.4 3.2 1,217.1 1,165.9 51.2 4.2
El Paso 356.9 340.6 16.3 4.6 355.8 341.3 14.5 4.1 355.0 336.3 18.7 5.3
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,350.3 3,188.7 161.6 4.8 3,343.4 3,199.2 144.2 4.3 3,304.5 3,112.3 192.1 5.8
Killeen-Temple 175.0 167.8 7.2 4.1 174.6 168.3 6.4 3.6 174.6 166.2 8.4 4.8
Laredo 115.3 110.8 4.5 3.9 114.8 110.9 3.9 3.4 114.6 108.7 5.8 5.1
Longview 97.2 92.8 4.5 4.6 97.0 93.0 4.0 4.1 97.6 91.2 6.4 6.6
Lubbock 161.1 156.1 5.0 3.1 160.9 156.6 4.3 2.7 159.2 153.7 5.4 3.4
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 346.6 320.2 26.4 7.6 343.9 321.0 22.9 6.6 345.1 313.9 31.2 9.0
Midland 95.6 93.3 2.3 2.4 94.7 92.6 2.1 2.3 88.4 84.8 3.6 4.0
Odessa 79.7 77.1 2.6 3.3 79.4 77.0 2.4 3.0 76.0 71.6 4.4 5.8
San Angelo 54.6 52.8 1.8 3.4 54.7 53.1 1.6 2.9 54.6 52.1 2.5 4.5
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,171.9 1,131.9 40.0 3.4 1,172.0 1,136.8 35.1 3.0 1,153.0 1,107.4 45.6 4.0
Sherman-Denison 61.8 59.7 2.1 3.4 62.0 60.2 1.8 3.0 61.2 58.8 2.4 4.0
Texarkana 64.4 61.3 3.1 4.8 64.6 62.0 2.6 4.0 64.6 61.3 3.3 5.1
Tyler 106.7 102.6 4.1 3.8 106.8 103.1 3.7 3.5 104.3 99.3 5.0 4.8
Victoria 45.5 43.5 2.0 4.4 45.8 44.0 1.8 3.9 46.3 43.5 2.8 6.0
Waco 124.2 119.5 4.7 3.8 124.0 120.0 4.1 3.3 124.2 119.1 5.1 4.1
Wichita Falls 64.9 62.6 2.3 3.6 64.7 62.7 2.0 3.1 64.6 61.8 2.9 4.4
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Jan 2018* Dec 2017 Jan 2017 Dec '17 to Jan '18 Jan '17 to Jan '18
Absolute
Change
Percent
Change
Absolute
Change
Percent
Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,368,300 12,352,300 12,127,800 16,000 0.1 240,500 2.0
Total Private 10,422,000 10,409,600 10,192,800 12,400 0.1 229,200 2.2
Goods Producing 1,826,900 1,819,700 1,755,600 7,200 0.4 71,300 4.1
Mining and Logging 233,100 229,800 208,600 3,300 1.4 24,500 11.7
Construction 733,300 731,800 705,200 1,500 0.2 28,100 4.0
Manufacturing 860,500 858,100 841,800 2,400 0.3 18,700 2.2
Service Providing 10,541,400 10,532,600 10,372,200 8,800 0.1 169,200 1.6
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,472,800 2,470,400 2,443,700 2,400 0.1 29,100 1.2
Information 199,800 200,100 202,400 -300 -0.1 -2,600 -1.3
Financial Activities 764,500 764,500 745,700 0 0.0 18,800 2.5
Professional and Business Services 1,693,900 1,691,900 1,651,700 2,000 0.1 42,200 2.6
Education and Health Services 1,677,100 1,674,300 1,656,900 2,800 0.2 20,200 1.2
Leisure and Hospitality 1,358,000 1,359,700 1,311,100 -1,700 -0.1 46,900 3.6
Other Services 429,000 429,000 425,700 0 0.0 3,300 0.8
Government 1,946,300 1,942,700 1,935,000 3,600 0.2 11,300 0.6

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