Texas Adds 306,900 Jobs Over the Year

January 19, 2018

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AUSTIN — Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in December and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Texas economy added 306,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 400 jobs added in December. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent in December, marking 92 consecutive months of annual growth.

"Texas ended 2017 with record-level job creation numbers during the fourth quarter, with 10 of 11 industries expanding over the year and an annual gain of 306,900 jobs," said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. "TWC looks forward to another year of strong partnerships with innovative Texas employers as they continue to create valuable opportunities for the Texas workforce and contribute to our state's economic success."

Industries adding jobs in December included Leisure and Hospitality, which added 6,800 jobs; Construction added 4,300 jobs; and Information, which added 3,600 jobs, and includes traditional and software publishing, data processing and hosting, and telecommunications companies.

"Private sector employers had a successful year in Texas, adding almost 270,000 jobs since December 2016," said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. "This growth is a great illustration of the value and opportunity that employers bring to the Texas economy."

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.5 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs, which tied for the second lowest with a rate of 2.7 percent. The San Angelo, San Antonio-New Braunfels and Sherman-Denison MSAs also tied for the third lowest rate of 3.0 percent for December.

"The unemployment rate in Texas fell nearly a point over the year 2017, which is great news for workers in the Lone Star State," said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. "Positive economic growth means continued opportunities for the expanding labor force here in Texas."

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Hughs 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 January is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas
Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  December 2017 November 2017 December 2016
  C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 159,880.0 153,602.0 6,278.0 3.9 160,466.0 154,180.0 6,286.0 3.9 158,968.0 151,798.0 7,170.0 4.5
Texas 13,545.3 13,044.0 501.3 3.7 13,500.9 13,001.6 499.3 3.7 13,353.3 12,747.3 606.0 4.5
Abilene 75.0 72.6 2.4 3.2 74.9 72.5 2.4 3.2 74.4 71.5 2.8 3.8
Amarillo 133.0 129.7 3.3 2.5 132.7 129.3 3.4 2.6 131.7 127.6 4.1 3.1
Austin-Round Rock 1,150.4 1,119.6 30.8 2.7 1,147.4 1,116.1 31.3 2.7 1,120.1 1,084.6 35.5 3.2
Beaumont-Port Arthur 172.8 161.2 11.6 6.7 172.1 161.0 11.1 6.5 173.7 160.8 13.0 7.5
Brownsville-Harlingen 164.9 155.0 9.8 6.0 164.0 154.5 9.5 5.8 166.5 154.3 12.2 7.4
College Station-Bryan 130.5 126.9 3.5 2.7 131.6 128.0 3.6 2.7 126.6 122.3 4.3 3.4
Corpus Christi 209.7 198.8 10.9 5.2 209.3 198.2 11.1 5.3 206.0 193.2 12.8 6.2
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,816.3 3,696.2 120.1 3.1 3,809.9 3,689.6 120.4 3.2 3,732.6 3,594.6 138.0 3.7
Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,575.8 2,494.9 81.0 3.1 2,575.3 2,494.3 81.0 3.1 2,520.6 2,429.0 91.6 3.6
Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,240.5 1,201.3 39.2 3.2 1,234.6 1,195.2 39.4 3.2 1,212.0 1,165.6 46.4 3.8
El Paso 360.2 345.8 14.5 4.0 359.9 345.5 14.4 4.0 354.3 337.3 17.0 4.8
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,328.0 3,184.2 143.8 4.3 3,313.3 3,170.8 142.5 4.3 3,299.6 3,125.0 174.6 5.3
Killeen-Temple 179.5 173.1 6.4 3.5 179.6 173.1 6.5 3.6 177.1 169.6 7.5 4.3
Laredo 115.0 111.1 3.9 3.4 114.7 110.8 3.9 3.4 114.6 109.4 5.2 4.6
Longview 97.4 93.4 4.0 4.1 97.5 93.4 4.1 4.2 97.7 92.0 5.8 5.9
Lubbock 159.5 155.2 4.3 2.7 159.6 155.2 4.4 2.7 158.1 153.1 5.0 3.2
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 341.3 318.4 22.9 6.7 337.1 316.1 21.0 6.2 339.9 311.9 28.0 8.2
Midland 87.5 85.3 2.2 2.5 87.3 85.1 2.2 2.6 86.2 82.8 3.4 4.0
Odessa 74.8 72.4 2.4 3.3 74.6 72.1 2.5 3.4 74.9 70.7 4.2 5.6
San Angelo 54.4 52.7 1.6 3.0 54.2 52.5 1.7 3.1 54.4 52.1 2.3 4.2
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,174.1 1,139.1 35.0 3.0 1,167.2 1,131.7 35.6 3.0 1,143.1 1,101.5 41.6 3.6
Sherman-Denison 61.5 59.6 1.8 3.0 61.4 59.5 1.9 3.1 61.0 58.8 2.2 3.6
Texarkana 64.8 62.2 2.6 4.1 65.0 62.4 2.6 4.0 64.6 61.6 3.0 4.6
Tyler 108.0 104.3 3.7 3.4 107.2 103.5 3.7 3.5 106.8 102.2 4.6 4.3
Victoria 46.8 45.0 1.8 3.9 46.8 44.9 1.9 4.1 47.1 44.7 2.5 5.2
Waco 121.3 117.2 4.1 3.4 121.0 116.7 4.2 3.5 122.3 117.6 4.7 3.8
Wichita Falls 63.4 61.4 2.0 3.2 63.3 61.2 2.1 3.3 63.2 60.6 2.6 4.2

 

Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment
Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Dec 2017* Nov 2017 Dec 2016 Nov '17 to Dec '17 Dec '16 to Dec '17
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,444,700  12,444,300  12,137,800  400  0.0    306,900  2.5     
Total Private 10,466,900  10,470,800  10,197,400  -3,900  0.0    269,500  2.6     
Goods Producing 1,856,400  1,857,700  1,763,100  -1,300  -0.1    93,300  5.3     
Mining and Logging 245,400  248,600  216,300  -3,200  -1.3    29,100  13.5     
Construction 732,800  728,500  704,900  4,300  0.6    27,900  4.0     
Manufacturing 878,200  880,600  841,900  -2,400  -0.3    36,300  4.3     
Service Providing 10,588,300  10,586,600  10,374,700  1,700  0.0    213,600  2.1     
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,460,000  2,470,500  2,446,700  -10,500  -0.4    13,300  0.5     
Information 192,100  188,500  201,300  3,600  1.9    -9,200  -4.6     
Financial Activities 765,200  767,300  739,100  -2,100  -0.3    26,100  3.5     
Professional and Business Services 1,699,800  1,700,100  1,647,200  -300  0.0    52,600  3.2     
Education and Health Services 1,689,300  1,689,800  1,658,600  -500  0.0    30,700  1.9     
Leisure and Hospitality 1,355,000  1,348,200  1,312,600  6,800  0.5    42,400  3.2     
Other Services 449,100  448,700  428,800  400  0.1    20,300  4.7     
Government 1,977,800  1,973,500  1,940,400  4,300  0.2    37,400  1.9     

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