Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March

Date: April 21, 2017

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

AUSTIN — The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

“Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texans continue to have a range of workforce opportunities created by our innovative Texas employers, and I encourage job seekers and students to explore these opportunities with local workforce boards around the state.”

Employment in the Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 13,200 jobs added. Mining and Logging employment grew by 4,800 jobs in March and Construction employment expanded by 4,000 jobs.

“Texas employers continue to keep our state competitive with an overall private-sector annual job growth of 210,500 with 7,000 jobs added in March, said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs. “When Texas employers prosper, Texans prosper, and we want to ensure they have the resources they need to start, grow and thrive their businesses right here at home.”  

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.5 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan and Austin-Round Rock MSAs with a rate of 3.6 percent. The Lubbock and Midland MSAs each registered a rate of 4.0 percent for March.

“Texas workers have much to offer and there are resources available to help them find the perfect occupational fit, I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

An audio download with comments from Chairman Alcantar 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 April is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

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

 

March 2017

February 2017

March 2016

 

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

C.L.F

Emp.

Unemp.

Rate

United States

159,912.0

152,628.0

7,284.0

4.6

159,482.0

151,594.0

7,887.0

4.9

158,854.0

150,738.0

8,116.0

5.1

  Texas

13,513.7

12,838.1

675.6

5.0

13,471.3

12,777.8

693.5

5.1

13,239.7

12,648.9

590.8

4.5

  Abilene

75.0

71.9

3.2

4.2

75.0

71.7

3.3

4.4

74.6

71.7

2.9

3.9

  Amarillo

133.7

129.0

4.7

3.5

133.3

128.5

4.8

3.6

131.7

127.8

3.9

3.0

  Austin-Round Rock

1,137.3

1,096.1

41.3

3.6

1,128.9

1,086.9

42.0

3.7

1,102.4

1,067.9

34.4

3.1

  Beaumont-Port Arthur

175.1

161.3

13.8

7.9

176.1

161.9

14.3

8.1

174.5

163.2

11.3

6.5

  Brownsville-Harlingen

169.4

156.0

13.4

7.9

168.8

154.8

14.0

8.3

165.9

154.3

11.6

7.0

  College Station-Bryan

129.6

124.9

4.7

3.6

129.4

124.5

4.9

3.8

126.7

122.4

4.3

3.4

  Corpus Christi

209.9

196.1

13.8

6.6

208.6

194.4

14.2

6.8

206.8

194.9

11.9

5.8

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

3,777.3

3,616.0

161.3

4.3

3,767.7

3,604.7

163.0

4.3

3,645.9

3,507.0

138.9

3.8

  Dallas-Plano-Irving MD

2,549.4

2,441.7

107.7

4.2

2,544.8

2,435.9

108.9

4.3

2,453.1

2,361.6

91.5

3.7

  Fort Worth-Arlington MD

1,227.9

1,174.3

53.6

4.4

1,222.9

1,168.8

54.1

4.4

1,192.8

1,145.3

47.4

4.0

  El Paso

358.6

339.5

19.1

5.3

359.3

339.6

19.7

5.5

348.3

331.5

16.8

4.8

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

3,327.9

3,137.8

190.0

5.7

3,322.3

3,125.7

196.6

5.9

3,281.9

3,120.2

161.7

4.9

  Killeen-Temple

178.8

170.3

8.5

4.8

178.7

169.9

8.8

4.9

174.0

166.6

7.5

4.3

  Laredo

115.1

109.3

5.8

5.0

115.1

109.1

6.0

5.2

112.9

107.3

5.6

4.9

  Longview

98.3

92.1

6.2

6.3

98.3

91.7

6.5

6.6

99.2

93.8

5.5

5.5

  Lubbock

161.2

154.8

6.4

4.0

160.3

154.4

5.9

3.7

158.5

153.3

5.2

3.3

  McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

344.3

315.1

29.2

8.5

343.5

313.2

30.4

8.8

336.6

310.7

25.8

7.7

  Midland

86.8

83.4

3.5

4.0

87.2

83.5

3.7

4.2

87.9

84.0

3.9

4.4

  Odessa

75.2

71.0

4.2

5.6

75.7

71.3

4.4

5.8

76.6

71.7

4.9

6.4

  San Angelo

54.6

52.1

2.5

4.5

54.4

51.8

2.5

4.6

55.5

53.0

2.5

4.5

  San Antonio-New Braunfels

1,155.6

1,108.7

46.9

4.1

1,151.1

1,102.9

48.3

4.2

1,129.7

1,088.6

41.1

3.6

  Sherman-Denison

61.8

59.3

2.6

4.2

61.7

59.1

2.6

4.3

60.3

57.9

2.4

3.9

  Texarkana

65.3

62.1

3.2

4.8

64.9

61.5

3.4

5.3

65.2

62.4

2.8

4.3

  Tyler

107.1

102.1

5.0

4.7

107.0

101.9

5.1

4.8

104.3

99.8

4.5

4.3

  Victoria

46.8

44.2

2.6

5.6

47.1

44.4

2.8

5.9

47.3

44.9

2.4

5.1

  Waco

123.5

118.1

5.4

4.3

123.3

117.8

5.5

4.5

121.1

116.4

4.7

3.9

  Wichita Falls

64.0

61.1

2.9

4.5

63.7

60.7

3.0

4.6

64.5

61.6

2.9

4.5

 

TEXAS NONAGRICULTURAL WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED

INDUSTRY TITLE

Mar 2017*

Feb 2017

Mar 2016

Feb '17 to Mar '17

Mar '16 to Mar '17

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Absolute Change

Percent Change

Total Nonagricultural

12,215,100 

12,205,600 

11,966,100 

9,500 

0.1   

249,000 

2.1     

Total Private

10,268,100 

10,261,100 

10,057,600 

7,000 

0.1   

210,500 

2.1     

Goods Producing

1,799,400 

1,788,900 

1,780,300 

10,500 

0.6   

19,100 

1.1     

Mining and Logging

227,100 

222,300 

231,400 

4,800 

2.2   

-4,300 

-1.9     

Construction

714,300 

710,300 

695,400 

4,000 

0.6   

18,900 

2.7     

Manufacturing

858,000 

856,300 

853,500 

1,700 

0.2   

4,500 

0.5     

Service Providing

10,415,700 

10,416,700 

10,185,800 

-1,000 

0.0   

229,900 

2.3     

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

2,441,700 

2,447,200 

2,414,200 

-5,500 

-0.2   

27,500 

1.1     

Information

196,800 

196,600 

201,500 

200 

0.1   

-4,700 

-2.3     

Financial Activities

745,700 

742,900 

726,800 

2,800 

0.4   

18,900 

2.6     

Professional and Business Services

1,672,200 

1,659,000 

1,613,700 

13,200 

0.8   

58,500 

3.6     

Education and Health Services

1,666,500 

1,668,900 

1,618,200 

-2,400 

-0.1   

48,300 

3.0     

Leisure and Hospitality

1,313,200 

1,325,500 

1,280,300 

-12,300 

-0.9   

32,900 

2.6     

Other Services

432,600 

432,100 

422,600 

500 

0.1   

10,000 

2.4     

Government

1,947,000 

1,944,500 

1,908,500 

2,500 

0.1   

38,500 

2.0     

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