Texas Adds 185,000 Jobs Over the Past Year

Texas Adds 185,000 Jobs Over the Past Year

State unemployment rate remains at 4.3 percent in March

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas added an estimated 185,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. The state experienced job gains in two of the first three months of 2016. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate maintained a 4.3 percent rate in March, matching the revised 4.3 percent rate in February and continuing to trend below the national average of 5.0 percent.

“The Texas unemployment rate continues to trend below the national average,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.  “TWC remains focused on working with industry and education partners to create innovative solutions to our workforce needs around the state.”

Texas’ total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 12,000 jobs in March’s preliminary estimate. This comes on the heels of an impressive string of 11 straight months of job growth for the state.

“Texas’ economic growth over the year is due to the resilience of our employers who have added 152,300 private-sector jobs over the past year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas employers continue to be leaders in job creation.”

Employment in the Leisure and Hospitality industry increased by 2,400 jobs in March, representing an increase for the 12th consecutive month. Over the year, this industry has gained 75,600 jobs. Trade, Transportation and Utilities employment rose for a fifth straight month with the addition of 800 positions in March. These gains were offset by losses in other industries including Mining and Logging which lost 7,500 jobs in March.

“We are continuing to see low unemployment rates, coupled with a growing labor force,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Texas boasts a quality skilled labor force, and I encourage those looking for new opportunities to visit WorkInTexas.com.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) boasted the lowest not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent followed by the Austin-Round Rock MSA with a rate of 3.1 percent and the Lubbock MSA with a rate of 3.3 for March.

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.

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)

 

March 2016

February 2016

March 2015

 

C.L.F.

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp. 

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

  United States

158,854.0

150,738.0

8,116.0

5.1

158,279.0

150,060.0

8,219.0

5.2

156,318.0

147,635.0

8,682.0

5.6

  Texas

13,273.9

12,682.5

591.5

4.5

13,222.0

12,655.5

566.5

4.3

13,013.6

12,456.3

557.4

4.3

  Abilene

75.7

72.8

2.9

3.8

75.8

73.1

2.8

3.7

75.1

72.3

2.8

3.8

  Amarillo

131.4

127.5

4.0

3.0

130.7

126.8

3.8

2.9

129.7

125.9

3.8

2.9

  Austin-Round Rock

1,096.5

1,062.3

34.2

3.1

1,091.9

1,058.6

33.3

3.1

1,057.9

1,023.1

34.8

3.3

  Beaumont-Port Arthur

177.1

165.8

11.4

6.4

177.8

166.7

11.0

6.2

176.8

165.6

11.2

6.4

  Brownsville-Harlingen

168.3

156.6

11.7

6.9

166.0

154.7

11.3

6.8

164.8

153.1

11.8

7.1

  College Station-Bryan

125.8

121.5

4.3

3.4

125.1

121.0

4.1

3.3

120.9

117.0

3.9

3.2

  Corpus Christi

213.5

201.5

12.0

5.6

212.3

201.0

11.3

5.3

207.5

197.7

9.8

4.7

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,657.4

3,518.6

138.8

3.8

3,644.8

3,510.9

133.9

3.7

3,536.7

3,392.5

144.2

4.1

  Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,460.1

2,368.7

91.4

3.7

2,452.6

2,364.5

88.1

3.6

2,362.6

2,267.2

95.4

4.0

  Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,197.3

1,149.9

47.5

4.0

1,192.2

1,146.4

45.9

3.8

1,174.1

1,125.4

48.8

4.2

  El Paso

350.8

333.8

17.0

4.8

350.4

334.0

16.4

4.7

342.4

324.7

17.7

5.2

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,276.3

3,115.0

161.2

4.9

3,268.5

3,115.5

153.0

4.7

3,244.7

3,106.4

138.3

4.3

  Killeen-Temple

172.4

164.9

7.5

4.4

172.1

164.8

7.2

4.2

167.8

160.1

7.7

4.6

  Laredo

114.4

108.8

5.6

4.9

114.2

108.8

5.4

4.7

111.8

106.7

5.0

4.5

  Longview

101.3

95.7

5.5

5.4

101.4

96.1

5.3

5.2

101.5

97.1

4.4

4.4

  Lubbock

157.3

152.1

5.2

3.3

156.1

151.0

5.1

3.2

153.2

148.2

5.0

3.3

  McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

339.8

313.9

25.9

7.6

336.7

311.4

25.3

7.5

332.2

306.9

25.3

7.6

  Midland

90.2

86.3

3.9

4.3

89.9

86.4

3.6

4.0

92.4

89.5

2.9

3.1

  Odessa

79.5

74.6

4.9

6.1

79.0

74.6

4.4

5.6

81.5

78.3

3.2

3.9

  San Angelo

56.5

54.0

2.5

4.4

56.0

53.7

2.4

4.3

55.6

53.4

2.2

3.9

  San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,121.0

1,079.9

41.0

3.7

1,115.7

1,076.2

39.6

3.5

1,092.6

1,052.2

40.3

3.7

  Sherman-Denison

61.5

59.2

2.3

3.8

61.2

59.0

2.3

3.7

59.8

57.5

2.4

3.9

  Texarkana

65.7

62.9

2.8

4.3

65.6

62.6

3.0

4.6

64.2

60.9

3.3

5.1

  Tyler

104.3

99.8

4.5

4.3

103.4

99.2

4.3

4.1

101.4

97.0

4.4

4.4

  Victoria

50.0

47.6

2.4

4.8

49.7

47.5

2.2

4.4

49.5

47.6

1.9

3.8

  Waco

120.4

115.6

4.7

3.9

120.0

115.5

4.5

3.8

118.0

113.3

4.7

4.0

  Wichita Falls

65.1

62.2

2.9

4.5

64.8

62.0

2.8

4.3

64.9

62.2

2.7

4.1

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

 

INDUSTRY TITLE

Mar 2016

Feb 2016

Mar 2015

Feb '16 to Mar '16

Mar '15 to Mar '16

 

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Absolute Change

Percent Change

 
 

Total Nonagricultural

11,959,000

11,971,000

11,774,000

-12,000

-0.1

185,000

1.6

 

Total Private

10,082,800

10,097,900

9,930,500

-15,100

-0.1

152,300

1.5

 

Goods Producing

1,778,500

1,789,200

1,863,500

-10,700

-0.6

-85,000

-4.6

 

Mining and Logging

237,000

244,500

294,900

-7,500

-3.1

-57,900

-19.6

 

Construction

687,300

688,000

676,800

-700

-0.1

10,500

1.6

 

Manufacturing

854,200

856,700

891,800

-2,500

-0.3

-37,600

-4.2

 

Service Providing

10,180,500

10,181,800

9,910,500

-1,300

0.0

270,000

2.7

 

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,424,700

2,423,900

2,374,500

800

0.0

50,200

2.1

 

Information

199,700

201,300

200,100

-1,600

-0.8

-400

-0.2

 

Financial Activities

731,200

731,700

714,200

-500

-0.1

17,000

2.4

 

Professional and Business Services

1,609,400

1,615,400

1,582,800

-6,000

-0.4

26,600

1.7

 

Education and Health Services

1,621,200

1,623,800

1,562,800

-2,600

-0.2

58,400

3.7

 

Leisure and Hospitality

1,293,800

1,291,400

1,218,200

2,400

0.2

75,600

6.2

 

Other Services

424,300

421,200

414,400

3,100

0.7

9,900

2.4

 

Government

1,876,200

1,873,100

1,843,500

3,100

0.2

32,700

1.8

 

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