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Texas Adds 279,900 Jobs Over the Year

Date: March 13, 2020

Media Contact: Cisco Gamez
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent in January. The Texas economy added 279,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 19,500 jobs added over the month for January. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.2 percent in January, marking 117 consecutive months of annual growth.

“In January the Texas unemployment rate was unchanged and remains lower than the National unemployment rate of 3.6 percent,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “The Texas Workforce Commission is committed to providing career opportunities to all Texans.”

Industries adding jobs in January included Leisure and Hospitality, which added 8,100 jobs; Government, which added 4,800 jobs; and Education and Health Services, which added 4,400 positions.

“The data shows that Texans are eager to learn new skills to advance their careers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.  “From apprenticeships to business leaders, Texas has a dedicated workforce that continues to make this the best workforce in the world.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.4 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA and Austin-Round Rock MSA, which tied for the second lowest with a rate of 2.7 percent. The College Station-Bryan MSA had the third lowest rate of 2.9 percent for January.

“Private sector employers added 14,700 jobs added in January,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “This growth is a reflection of the state’s ability to continue retaining and attracting new companies and job seekers.”

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Alvarez 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 Texaslmi.com.

The Texas Labor Market & Career Information Data for February is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  January 2020 December 2019 January 2019
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 163,497.0 156,994.0 6,504.0 4.0 164,007.0 158,504.0 5,503.0 3.4 162,104.0 154,964.0 7,140.0 4.4
Texas 14,187.4 13,655.0 532.5 3.8 14,192.3 13,722.1 470.1 3.3 13,938.1 13,365.7 572.3 4.1
Abilene 79.7 77.2 2.5 3.1 79.5 77.3 2.2 2.7 77.3 74.7 2.7 3.5
Amarillo 132.8 129.2 3.6 2.7 132.9 129.8 3.1 2.3 130.4 126.5 3.9 3.0
Austin-Round Rock 1,254.5 1,220.0 34.5 2.7 1,255.2 1,225.0 30.2 2.4 1,221.2 1,181.9 39.2 3.2
Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.3 164.7 10.6 6.0 174.1 164.5 9.6 5.5 174.7 163.4 11.2 6.4
Brownsville-Harlingen 169.0 158.3 10.7 6.3 167.8 158.3 9.5 5.7 166.9 156.1 10.8 6.5
College Station-Bryan 135.7 131.7 4.0 2.9 137.1 133.7 3.4 2.5 132.4 128.2 4.2 3.2
Corpus Christi 206.5 196.6 9.9 4.8 207.0 198.2 8.8 4.3 206.7 196.4 10.3 5.0
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,023.9 3,891.1 132.8 3.3 4,031.6 3,913.8 117.8 2.9 3,932.0 3,780.2 151.8 3.9
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,713.5 2,624.5 89.0 3.3 2,719.7 2,640.4 79.3 2.9 2,645.3 2,544.9 100.4 3.8
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,310.3 1,266.6 43.7 3.3 1,311.9 1,273.5 38.5 2.9 1,286.7 1,235.2 51.4 4.0
El Paso 368.7 353.9 14.8 4.0 367.6 354.5 13.1 3.6 363.6 347.6 16.1 4.4
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,460.6 3,319.0 141.5 4.1 3,462.6 3,336.6 126.0 3.6 3,411.6 3,261.4 150.3 4.4
Killeen-Temple 179.4 172.5 6.9 3.8 179.0 172.8 6.1 3.4 176.5 168.5 8.0 4.5
Laredo 119.7 114.8 4.9 4.1 119.3 115.1 4.3 3.6 118.2 113.2 5.0 4.2
Longview 99.0 94.8 4.2 4.2 99.2 95.7 3.6 3.6 98.8 94.6 4.2 4.2
Lubbock 163.1 158.3 4.8 2.9 163.6 159.6 4.0 2.5 162.0 156.9 5.1 3.1
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 362.3 334.7 27.6 7.6 361.0 335.7 25.3 7.0 354.2 328.0 26.1 7.4
Midland 110.8 108.2 2.6 2.4 110.8 108.5 2.3 2.0 109.2 106.7 2.5 2.3
Odessa 88.0 85.0 3.0 3.4 88.1 85.6 2.6 2.9 88.1 85.7 2.4 2.7
San Angelo 55.3 53.5 1.8 3.2 55.2 53.6 1.6 2.8 55.4 53.5 1.9 3.4
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,219.8 1,180.5 39.3 3.2 1,218.6 1,184.4 34.2 2.8 1,192.8 1,150.3 42.5 3.6
Sherman-Denison 63.8 61.6 2.1 3.3 64.2 62.4 1.9 2.9 63.5 61.3 2.2 3.4
Texarkana 65.3 62.5 2.8 4.4 65.3 62.8 2.5 3.8 64.7 61.3 3.5 5.4
Tyler 106.8 102.9 3.9 3.6 108.0 104.6 3.4 3.1 106.1 102.0 4.1 3.9
Victoria 46.0 44.2 1.8 3.9 46.2 44.6 1.6 3.4 46.4 44.6 1.8 3.9
Waco 126.8 122.4 4.4 3.4 126.6 122.8 3.8 3.0 125.4 120.7 4.7 3.8
Wichita Falls 65.6 63.4 2.2 3.3 65.5 63.6 1.9 2.9 65.6 63.2 2.4 3.7
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Jan 2020* Dec 2019 Jan 2019 Dec '19 to Jan '20 Jan '19 to Jan '20
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,964,500 12,945,000 12,684,600 19,500 0.2 279,900 2.2
Total Private 10,977,500 10,962,800 10,728,200 14,700 0.1 249,300 2.3
Goods Producing 1,937,100 1,941,300 1,916,900 -4,200 -0.2 20,200 1.1
     Mining and Logging 234,500 236,200 256,200 -1,700 -0.7 -21,700 -8.5
     Construction 795,100 795,000 760,200 100 0.0 34,900 4.6
     Manufacturing 907,500 910,100 900,500 -2,600 -0.3 7,000 0.8
Service Providing 11,027,400 11,003,700 10,767,700 23,700 0.2 259,700 2.4
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,548,300 2,547,600 2,505,200 700 0.0 43,100 1.7
     Information 210,400 209,100 206,400 1,300 0.6 4,000 1.9
     Financial Activities 814,300 812,100 789,500 2,200 0.3 24,800 3.1
     Professional and Business Services 1,820,500 1,820,900 1,769,600 -400 0.0 50,900 2.9
     Education and Health Services 1,771,400 1,767,000 1,720,100 4,400 0.2 51,300 3.0
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,419,100 1,411,000 1,378,500 8,100 0.6 40,600 2.9
     Other Services 456,400 453,800 442,000 2,600 0.6 14,400 3.3
     Government 1,987,000 1,982,200 1,956,400 4,800 0.2 30,600 1.6

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