Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March | Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March | Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March

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