Texas Private-Sector Employers Add 42,800 Positions in February

March 23, 2018

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

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy added 40,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in February, which marked 20 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 285,200 jobs for an annual employment growth rate 2.3 percent in February. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in February and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent.

“We are encouraged to see the Texas economy continue to expand at a solid pace with Texas employers adding 40,500 jobs over the month for a total of 285,200 jobs gained over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas’ continued addition of jobs demonstrates the competitive advantages and market opportunities available to our employers and world-class workforce to compete and succeed.”

Industries adding jobs in February included Professional and Business Services, which added 13,200 positions followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities, which added 11,800 jobs, and Mining and Logging employers added 6,500 positions.

“Our businesses in Texas continue to thrive and grow in a strong economy, adding 42,800 jobs in February,” said Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas has created an environment for success and continues to support additional business expansion for our broad range of industry employers.”

The 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 Amarillo MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.9 percent. The Austin-Round Rock and College Station-Bryan MSAs were tied for the third lowest rate of 3.0 percent for February.

“Our state continues to build on its successes,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “We need to continue these efforts in building a better prepared workforce by continuing to offer training programs and training onsite. Our Skills Development Fund provides training grants to jobs, businesses and workers to fulfill a specific need we see in the workforce. We need to solve the problem of not having enough skilled workers by increasing opportunities for customizing job-training.”

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 March is scheduled to be released on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  February 2018 January 2018 February 2017
  C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 161,494.0 154,403.0 7,091.0 4.4 160,037.0 152,848.0 7,189.0 4.5 159,482.0 151,594.0 7,887.0 4.9
Texas 13,811.9 13,241.9 570.0 4.1 13,621.8 13,053.8 568.0 4.2 13,494.0 12,840.8 653.1 4.8
Abilene 77.2 74.4 2.7 3.5 75.9 73.2 2.7 3.6 75.5 72.4 3.1 4.1
Amarillo 133.1 129.2 3.8 2.9 131.1 127.4 3.7 2.8 131.6 127.2 4.5 3.4
Austin-Round Rock 1,188.5 1,152.4 36.0 3.0 1,170.0 1,135.1 35.0 3.0 1,143.2 1,103.3 40.0 3.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.9 163.9 12.0 6.8 175.1 162.2 12.8 7.3 177.2 163.8 13.3 7.5
Brownsville-Harlingen 167.1 156.0 11.1 6.7 165.4 154.1 11.3 6.8 167.0 154.0 13.1 7.8
College Station-Bryan 135.5 131.4 4.1 3.0 131.3 127.2 4.1 3.1 129.4 124.7 4.7 3.6
Corpus Christi 209.0 197.5 11.6 5.5 205.8 193.7 12.0 5.8 209.9 196.6 13.3 6.4
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,881.1 3,739.2 141.9 3.7 3,829.8 3,692.1 137.7 3.6 3,764.0 3,609.9 154.1 4.1
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,623.9 2,527.8 96.1 3.7 2,589.4 2,496.7 92.7 3.6 2,541.9 2,438.9 103.0 4.1
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,257.2 1,211.4 45.8 3.6 1,240.4 1,195.4 45.0 3.6 1,222.1 1,171.0 51.1 4.2
El Paso 361.4 345.0 16.4 4.5 356.4 340.2 16.3 4.6 356.9 338.4 18.5 5.2
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,394.9 3,235.0 159.9 4.7 3,349.9 3,188.3 161.6 4.8 3,321.5 3,136.0 185.5 5.6
Killeen-Temple 178.0 170.6 7.3 4.1 175.3 168.0 7.2 4.1 175.1 166.8 8.3 4.7
Laredo 116.6 112.0 4.6 3.9 115.0 110.5 4.5 3.9 114.7 109.0 5.6 4.9
Longview 98.0 93.6 4.4 4.5 97.2 92.8 4.5 4.6 97.7 91.7 6.1 6.2
Lubbock 164.4 159.3 5.2 3.1 160.9 155.9 5.0 3.1 160.8 155.2 5.6 3.5
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 348.9 324.2 24.7 7.1 346.7 320.3 26.4 7.6 343.9 315.2 28.7 8.3
Midland 96.3 93.9 2.4 2.5 95.5 93.2 2.3 2.4 89.1 85.6 3.4 3.8
Odessa 81.0 78.4 2.6 3.2 79.8 77.2 2.6 3.3 76.5 72.4 4.1 5.4
San Angelo 55.6 53.7 1.8 3.3 54.7 52.9 1.8 3.3 54.8 52.4 2.4 4.3
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,190.0 1,149.1 40.9 3.4 1,171.8 1,131.9 40.0 3.4 1,158.4 1,112.8 45.6 3.9
Sherman-Denison 63.2 61.0 2.2 3.4 62.1 59.9 2.1 3.4 61.8 59.3 2.5 4.0
Texarkana 65.0 61.9 3.1 4.8 64.3 61.2 3.1 4.8 65.0 61.7 3.3 5.0
Tyler 107.8 103.7 4.1 3.8 106.4 102.3 4.1 3.8 104.8 100.0 4.8 4.6
Victoria 46.0 44.0 2.0 4.3 45.4 43.4 2.0 4.4 46.5 43.9 2.6 5.6
Waco 125.5 120.8 4.7 3.8 124.2 119.5 4.7 3.8 124.9 119.8 5.1 4.1
Wichita Falls 65.7 63.3 2.3 3.5 64.9 62.6 2.3 3.6 65.0 62.3 2.8 4.2

 

Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Feb 2018* Jan 2018 Feb 2017 Jan '18 to Feb '18 Feb '17 to Feb '18
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,422,400 12,381,900 12,137,200 40,500 0.3 285,200 2.3
Total Private 10,483,300 10,440,500 10,199,800 42,800 0.4 283,500 2.8
Goods Producing 1,840,300 1,827,700 1,762,000 12,600 0.7 78,300 4.4
     Mining and Logging 240,300 233,800 212,000 6,500 2.8 28,300 13.3
     Construction 740,200 734,900 706,300 5,300 0.7 33,900 4.8
     Manufacturing 859,800 859,000 843,700 800 0.1 16,100 1.9
Service Providing 10,582,100 10,554,200 10,375,200 27,900 0.3 206,900 2.0
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,487,700 2,475,900 2,440,600 11,800 0.5 47,100 1.9
     Information 199,700 200,200 202,900 -500 -0.2 -3,200 -1.6
     Financial Activities 769,900 765,000 747,100 4,900 0.6 22,800 3.1
     Professional and Business Services 1,718,500 1,705,300 1,654,200 13,200 0.8 64,300 3.9
     Education and Health Services 1,683,700 1,679,600 1,658,400 4,100 0.2 25,300 1.5
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,353,900 1,357,200 1,308,400 -3,300 -0.2 45,500 3.5
     Other Services 429,600 429,600 426,200 0 0.0 3,400 0.8
     Government 1,939,100 1,941,400 1,937,400 -2,300 -0.1 1,700 0.1

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