Texas Economy Adds 30,400 Jobs in April

Date: May 19, 2017

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

AUSTIN — The Texas economy expanded in April with the addition of 30,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent.

“Texas employers continue to create jobs in the broad based Texas economy with ten of the 11 industries expanding over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “With the addition of 258,900 jobs over the past year, TWC remains committed to providing the services needed to get Texans back work.”

Employment in the Education and Health Services industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 10,400 jobs added. Manufacturing employment grew by 8,100 jobs in April and Professional and Business Services employment expanded by 7,400 jobs.

“This sustained increase in job creation provides more opportunities for Texas employers to expand, which helps increase opportunity for all Texans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth Hughs. “TWC is committed to developing workforce programs that keep our businesses competitive and our growing talent pipeline a priority.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.0 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock, College Station-Bryan and Lubbock MSAs with a rate of 3.2 percent. The Midland MSA registered a rate of 3.5 percent for April.

 “Several Goods Producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including Manufacturing, which expanded by 8,100 jobs in April” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Positive economic growth means continued employment opportunities for the expanding Texas labor force.”

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.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for May is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

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

 

April 2017

March 2017

April 2016

  C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 159,817.0 153,262.0 6,555.0 4.1 159,912.0 152,628.0 7,284.0 4.6 158,488.0 151,075.0 7,413.0 4.7
Texas 13,506.7 12,895.0 611.7 4.5 13,514.6 12,838.9 675.6 5.0 13,236.9 12,672.9 564.0 4.3
Abilene 75.3 72.4 2.9 3.8 75.0 71.9 3.1 4.2 74.2 71.6 2.6 3.6
Amarillo 133.4 129.3 4.1 3.0 133.7 129.0 4.7 3.5 131.9 128.3 3.6 2.7
Austin-Round Rock 1,137.0 1,100.9 36.1 3.2 1,136.8 1,095.5 41.3 3.6 1,103.5 1,071.7 31.8 2.9
Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.6 162.7 12.9 7.4 175.3 161.5 13.8 7.9 174.1 163.3 10.8 6.2
Brownsville-Harlingen 168.8 156.1 12.6 7.5 169.5 156.1 13.4 7.9 165.5 154.3 11.2 6.8
College Station-Bryan 128.6 124.5 4.1 3.2 129.6 124.9 4.7 3.6 125.8 121.8 4.0 3.2
Corpus Christi 209.6 196.7 12.9 6.2 209.9 196.1 13.8 6.6 205.7 194.3 11.4 5.5
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,770.1 3,625.4 144.7 3.8 3,777.3 3,615.9 161.3 4.3 3,653.3 3,523.5 129.8 3.6
Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,542.1 2,444.7 97.4 3.8 2,549.7 2,442.0 107.7 4.2 2,457.6 2,372.7 84.9 3.5
Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,228.0 1,180.7 47.3 3.8 1,227.5 1,173.9 53.6 4.4 1,195.7 1,150.8 44.9 3.8
El Paso 359.4 342.1 17.3 4.8 358.9 339.9 19.1 5.3 349.2 333.4 15.8 4.5
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,337.0 3,161.2 175.8 5.3 3,328.9 3,138.9 190.0 5.7 3,278.1 3,119.4 158.7 4.8
Killeen-Temple 178.7 171.0 7.7 4.3 178.6 170.0 8.6 4.8 174.1 167.0 7.1 4.1
Laredo 115.1 109.8 5.2 4.6 115.2 109.4 5.8 5.0 113.0 107.7 5.3 4.7
Longview 98.2 92.6 5.6 5.7 98.4 92.2 6.2 6.3 98.5 93.0 5.5 5.6
Lubbock 159.5 154.4 5.1 3.2 161.3 154.9 6.4 4.0 158.4 153.6 4.8 3.0
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 343.0 315.6 27.4 8.0 344.5 315.2 29.2 8.5 336.6 312.1 24.5 7.3
Midland 86.9 83.8 3.0 3.5 86.8 83.4 3.5 4.0 87.2 83.3 3.9 4.5
Odessa 74.8 71.1 3.7 4.9 75.2 71.0 4.2 5.6 76.1 71.1 5.0 6.5
San Angelo 54.6 52.4 2.2 4.0 54.6 52.2 2.5 4.5 55.4 53.0 2.4 4.4
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,158.1 1,116.5 41.6 3.6 1,154.9 1,108.0 46.9 4.1 1,128.6 1,090.4 38.2 3.4
Sherman-Denison 61.8 59.5 2.3 3.7 61.8 59.2 2.6 4.2 60.6 58.5 2.2 3.6
Texarkana 65.0 62.1 2.9 4.4 65.2 62.1 3.2 4.8 65.4 62.9 2.5 3.9
Tyler 107.3 102.9 4.4 4.1 107.1 102.2 5.0 4.7 104.8 100.5 4.3 4.1
Victoria 47.1 44.7 2.4 5.1 47.0 44.4 2.6 5.6 47.2 44.8 2.4 5.2
Waco 123.6 118.8 4.8 3.9 123.4 118.0 5.4 4.3 121.2 116.8 4.4 3.6
Wichita Falls 63.7 61.2 2.5 3.9 63.9 61.0 2.9 4.5 64.3 61.7 2.6 4.1

 

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED
INDUSTRY TITLE Apr 2017* Mar 2017 Apr 2016 Mar '17 to Apr '17 Apr '16 to Apr '17
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,248,100 12,217,700 11,989,200 30,400 0.2 258,900 2.2
Total Private 10,298,600 10,270,700 10,074,300 27,900 0.3 224,300 2.2
Goods Producing 1,802,500 1,801,400 1,778,200 1,100 0.1 24,300 1.4
Mining and Logging 229,900 226,600 225,200 3,300 1.5 4,700 2.1
Construction 705,900 716,200 702,900 -10,300 -1.4 3,000 0.4
Manufacturing 866,700 858,600 850,100 8,100 0.9 16,600 2.0
Service Providing 10,445,600 10,416,300 10,211,000 29,300 0.3 234,600 2.3
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,445,900 2,444,000 2,416,100 1,900 0.1 29,800 1.2
Information 193,000 196,500 202,100 -3,500 -1.8 -9,100 -4.5
Financial Activities 746,500 745,900 729,400 600 0.1 17,100 2.3
Professional and Business Services 1,676,700 1,669,300 1,621,200 7,400 0.4 55,500 3.4
Education and Health Services 1,678,500 1,668,100 1,620,500 10,400 0.6 58,000 3.6
Leisure and Hospitality 1,319,100 1,313,000 1,284,000 6,100 0.5 35,100 2.7
Other Services 436,400 432,500 422,800 3,900 0.9 13,600 3.2
Government 1,949,500 1,947,000 1,914,900 2,500 0.1 34,600 1.8

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