Texas Economy Adds 6,700 Jobs in February

Date: March 24, 2017

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

AUSTIN — The Texas economy expanded in February with the addition of 6,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in February, up slightly from 4.8 percent in January.

“Texas employers added 222,400 jobs over the year in the diverse Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to focus on the workforce needs of these growing industries and build partnerships that develop a world-class workforce for Texas employers.”

The Education and Health Services industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 11,700 jobs added. Leisure and Hospitality employment grew by 4,400 jobs in February and Manufacturing employment expanded by 3,900 jobs.

“Texas employers continue to keep our state’s economy strong with private-sector employment expanding over the year with an overall job-growth of 189,200, including 12,300 jobs added in February,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “TWC is committed to offering programs that allow employers to provide customized training to meet the skills needed for today’s competitive job market.”

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent, followed by the Lubbock and Austin-Round Rock MSAs with a rate of 3.7 percent and the College Station-Bryan MSA with a rate of 3.8 for February.

“Texas’ labor force is the backbone of the Texas economy. It is made up of hard-working individuals who are eager to obtain the skills that our employers need,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “For individuals who need assistance connecting with that perfect career opportunity, I encourage our labor force to tap into TWC’s training resources like our apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a good-paying career.”

An audio download with comments from Commissioner Alvarez 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 March is scheduled to be released on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

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

 

February 2017

January 2017

February 2016

 

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

United States

159,482.0

151,594.0

7,887.0

4.9

158,676.0

150,527.0

8,149.0

5.1

158,279.0

150,060.0

8,219.0

5.2

Texas

13,466.4

12,778.0

688.4

5.1

13,356.6

12,695.7

660.9

4.9

13,186.0

12,604.6

581.3

4.4

Abilene

75.2

72.0

3.3

4.4

73.9

70.8

3.1

4.2

74.6

71.8

2.8

3.8

Amarillo

133.3

128.6

4.7

3.6

131.5

127.1

4.4

3.4

131.4

127.5

3.9

3.0

Austin-Round Rock

1,128.8

1,087.1

41.7

3.7

1,121.9

1,082.9

39.0

3.5

1,096.3

1,061.9

34.4

3.1

Beaumont-Port Arthur

175.5

161.3

14.2

8.1

175.0

160.6

14.4

8.2

174.9

163.6

11.3

6.5

Brownsville-Harlingen

168.7

154.8

13.9

8.2

167.7

154.0

13.6

8.1

164.3

152.7

11.6

7.0

College Station-Bryan

129.3

124.4

4.9

3.8

127.2

122.5

4.7

3.7

126.6

122.4

4.3

3.4

Corpus Christi

208.4

194.3

14.2

6.8

205.7

191.6

14.1

6.8

205.5

193.9

11.5

5.6

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,763.2

3,601.5

161.7

4.3

3,739.7

3,588.8

150.9

4.0

3,633.5

3,495.9

137.6

3.8

Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,539.6

2,431.6

108.0

4.3

2,524.8

2,424.3

100.5

4.0

2,445.2

2,354.7

90.5

3.7

Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,223.6

1,169.9

53.7

4.4

1,214.9

1,164.5

50.4

4.2

1,188.3

1,141.2

47.1

4.0

El Paso

359.3

339.8

19.6

5.4

355.1

336.6

18.5

5.2

347.1

330.5

16.6

4.8

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,324.3

3,129.2

195.1

5.9

3,298.1

3,108.5

189.6

5.7

3,272.3

3,114.8

157.5

4.8

Killeen-Temple

179.0

170.3

8.7

4.9

177.4

169.0

8.3

4.7

173.5

166.1

7.4

4.3

Laredo

115.1

109.1

6.0

5.2

114.5

108.7

5.8

5.0

112.3

106.8

5.5

4.9

Longview

98.1

91.6

6.5

6.6

97.8

91.4

6.4

6.6

98.7

93.4

5.4

5.4

Lubbock

160.3

154.4

5.9

3.7

157.7

152.3

5.4

3.4

157.3

152.1

5.2

3.3

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

343.2

313.0

30.1

8.8

340.7

309.9

30.8

9.0

333.9

308.0

25.9

7.8

Midland

87.2

83.6

3.6

4.2

86.3

82.7

3.6

4.1

88.1

84.4

3.7

4.2

Odessa

75.8

71.4

4.4

5.8

75.0

70.6

4.4

5.8

77.1

72.5

4.5

5.9

San Angelo

54.4

51.9

2.5

4.6

53.9

51.4

2.5

4.6

55.3

52.8

2.4

4.4

San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,149.6

1,101.7

47.9

4.2

1,138.9

1,093.9

44.9

3.9

1,123.4

1,082.7

40.7

3.6

Sherman-Denison

61.7

59.1

2.6

4.2

60.9

58.5

2.4

4.0

60.3

58.0

2.3

3.9

Texarkana

64.9

61.5

3.3

5.2

64.1

60.9

3.3

5.1

65.4

62.4

3.0

4.6

Tyler

106.9

101.9

5.1

4.8

106.1

101.1

5.0

4.7

103.7

99.3

4.4

4.2

Victoria

47.2

44.4

2.8

5.9

47.0

44.2

2.7

5.8

47.4

45.1

2.2

4.7

Waco

123.6

118.2

5.5

4.4

121.7

116.7

5.1

4.2

120.8

116.2

4.6

3.8

Wichita Falls

63.5

60.6

2.9

4.6

63.3

60.4

2.9

4.5

64.1

61.3

2.8

4.4

 

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

INDUSTRY TITLE

Feb 2017*

Jan 2017

Feb 2016

Jan '17 to Feb '17

Feb '16 to Feb '17

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonagricultural

12,198,200

12,191,500

11,975,800

6,700

0.1

222,400

1.9

Total Private

10,259,600

10,247,300

10,070,400

12,300

0.1

189,200

1.9

Goods Producing

1,786,200

1,777,900

1,790,000

8,300

0.5

-3,800

-0.2

Mining and Logging

221,400

218,000

236,500

3,400

1.6

-15,100

-6.4

Construction

711,000

710,000

696,800

1,000

0.1

14,200

2.0

Manufacturing

853,800

849,900

856,700

3,900

0.5

-2,900

-0.3

Service Providing

10,412,000

10,413,600

10,185,800

-1,600

0.0

226,200

2.2

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,445,800

2,456,500

2,413,700

-10,700

-0.4

32,100

1.3

Information

196,600

198,000

202,100

-1,400

-0.7

-5,500

-2.7

Financial Activities

744,700

746,600

727,300

-1,900

-0.3

17,400

2.4

Professional and Business Services

1,660,300

1,661,800

1,618,000

-1,500

-0.1

42,300

2.6

Education and Health Services

1,668,900

1,657,200

1,615,500

11,700

0.7

53,400

3.3

Leisure and Hospitality

1,325,500

1,321,100

1,280,100

4,400

0.3

45,400

3.5

Other Services

431,600

428,200

423,700

3,400

0.8

7,900

1.9

Government

1,938,600

1,944,200

1,905,400

-5,600

-0.3

33,200

1.7

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