Texas Adds 51,300 Jobs in January

Date: March 10, 2017

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN - Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 51,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent.

“Texas employers and our talented workforce started 2017 on a high note with the addition of 51,300 jobs in January,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Employers in a diverse range of industries have added 225,300 jobs over the year, a reflection of the many competitive advantages Texas offers to employers, including a strong business climate and an expanding and highly skilled workforce.”

The Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 14,000 jobs added. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment grew by 8,100 jobs in January, and Manufacturing employment expanded by 7,300 jobs.

“Private-sector employment was strong over the year with an increase in overall jobs of 183,100, and 45,900 jobs added in January,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas employers continue to strengthen the job market by expanding employment and training opportunities.”

The Amarillo and Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.4 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock MSA with a rate of 3.5 percent for January.

“Our economy continues to offer many diverse opportunities to job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training, placement and other specialized employment services.”

An audio download with comments from Commissioner Hughs on the latest labor market data is available on the TWC 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.

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)

 

January 2017

December 2016

January 2016

 

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F.

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

United States

158,676.0

150,527.0

8,149.0

5.1

158,968.0

151,798.0

7,170.0

4.5

157,347.0

149,037.0

8,309.0

5.3

Texas

13,358.0

12,697.1

660.9

4.9

13,353.3

12,747.3

606.0

4.5

13,113.0

12,521.5

591.5

4.5

Abilene

74.1

71.0

3.1

4.2

74.4

71.5

2.8

3.8

74.2

71.3

2.9

3.9

Amarillo

131.9

127.5

4.4

3.4

131.7

127.6

4.1

3.1

130.2

126.2

4.0

3.1

Austin-Round Rock

1,122.5

1,083.5

39.0

3.5

1,120.1

1,084.6

35.5

3.2

1,088.5

1,053.2

35.3

3.2

Beaumont-Port Arthur

175.3

160.9

14.4

8.2

173.7

160.8

13.0

7.5

174.9

162.9

12.0

6.9

Brownsville-Harlingen

167.8

154.2

13.6

8.1

166.5

154.3

12.2

7.4

164.0

152.2

11.8

7.2

College Station-Bryan

127.1

122.5

4.7

3.7

126.6

122.3

4.3

3.4

124.3

119.9

4.3

3.5

Corpus Christi

205.9

191.8

14.1

6.8

206.0

193.2

12.8

6.2

203.9

192.2

11.7

5.8

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,742.5

3,591.6

150.9

4.0

3,732.6

3,594.6

138.0

3.7

3,616.3

3,476.1

140.2

3.9

Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,527.1

2,426.6

100.5

4.0

2,520.6

2,429.0

91.6

3.6

2,433.4

2,341.1

92.3

3.8

Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,215.4

1,165.0

50.4

4.2

1,212.0

1,165.6

46.4

3.8

1,182.9

1,135.0

47.9

4.0

El Paso

354.6

336.1

18.5

5.2

354.3

337.3

17.0

4.8

346.5

329.2

17.3

5.0

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,292.0

3,102.3

189.6

5.8

3,299.6

3,125.0

174.6

5.3

3,263.5

3,103.7

159.8

4.9

Killeen-Temple

177.6

169.3

8.3

4.7

177.1

169.6

7.5

4.3

172.6

165.0

7.6

4.4

Laredo

114.6

108.9

5.8

5.0

114.6

109.4

5.2

4.6

112.2

106.6

5.5

4.9

Longview

97.8

91.4

6.4

6.6

97.7

92.0

5.8

5.9

98.4

93.0

5.4

5.5

Lubbock

157.9

152.5

5.4

3.4

158.1

153.1

5.0

3.2

154.7

149.5

5.2

3.4

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

340.6

309.8

30.8

9.0

339.9

311.9

28.0

8.2

332.5

305.1

27.4

8.2

Midland

86.4

82.8

3.6

4.1

86.2

82.8

3.4

4.0

88.7

85.2

3.5

4.0

Odessa

75.0

70.6

4.4

5.8

74.9

70.7

4.2

5.6

77.1

72.8

4.3

5.6

San Angelo

53.9

51.4

2.5

4.6

54.4

52.1

2.3

4.2

54.6

52.3

2.3

4.2

San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,141.2

1,096.2

44.9

3.9

1,143.1

1,101.5

41.6

3.6

1,116.3

1,074.9

41.4

3.7

Sherman-Denison

61.1

58.6

2.4

4.0

61.0

58.8

2.2

3.6

59.7

57.3

2.4

4.0

Texarkana

64.2

60.9

3.3

5.1

64.6

61.6

3.0

4.6

64.7

61.6

3.1

4.8

Tyler

105.5

100.5

5.0

4.7

106.8

102.2

4.6

4.3

103.3

98.9

4.5

4.3

Victoria

47.0

44.2

2.7

5.8

47.1

44.7

2.5

5.2

47.5

45.3

2.2

4.6

Waco

122.1

117.0

5.1

4.2

122.3

117.6

4.7

3.8

119.9

115.2

4.7

3.9

Wichita Falls

63.3

60.4

2.9

4.5

63.2

60.6

2.6

4.2

63.9

61.0

2.9

4.5

 

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

INDUSTRY TITLE

Jan 2017*

Dec 2016

Jan 2016

Dec '16 to Jan '17

Jan '16 to Jan '17

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonagricultural

12,189,100

12,137,800

11,963,800

51,300

0.4

225,300

1.9

Total Private

10,243,300

10,197,400

10,060,200

45,900

0.5

183,100

1.8

Goods Producing

1,777,600

1,763,100

1,797,200

14,500

0.8

-19,600

-1.1

Mining and Logging

218,200

216,300

241,800

1,900

0.9

-23,600

-9.8

Construction

710,200

704,900

696,500

5,300

0.8

13,700

2.0

Manufacturing

849,200

841,900

858,900

7,300

0.9

-9,700

-1.1

Service Providing

10,411,500

10,374,700

10,166,600

36,800

0.4

244,900

2.4

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,454,800

2,446,700

2,409,600

8,100

0.3

45,200

1.9

Information

198,000

201,300

201,900

-3,300

-1.6

-3,900

-1.9

Financial Activities

744,900

739,100

726,800

5,800

0.8

18,100

2.5

Professional and Business Services

1,661,200

1,647,200

1,615,700

14,000

0.8

45,500

2.8

Education and Health Services

1,657,700

1,658,600

1,610,600

-900

-0.1

47,100

2.9

Leisure and Hospitality

1,319,600

1,312,600

1,275,300

7,000

0.5

44,300

3.5

Other Services

429,500

428,800

423,100

700

0.2

6,400

1.5

Government

1,945,800

1,940,400

1,903,600

5,400

0.3

42,200

2.2

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