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Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in December, State Adds 29,500 Jobs

Date: Jan. 20, 2023

Media Contact: Angela Woellner
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN - In December 2022, Texas added 29,500 positions, reaching a total of 13,705,500 nonfarm jobs in Texas. December marked the 14th consecutive record employment high in Texas, after the state first surpassed the pre-COVID level in November 2021. The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the first time in three months to 3.9 percent in December, logging the first month the rate fell below 4.0 percent since February 2020.

“Each month of record employment in Texas creates more opportunities for success for our workforce and employers alike,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “TWC is committed to providing the resources and programs needed to sustain this growth and keep the Texas economy thriving.”

Education and health services led job growth in December with 12,700 positions added, followed by financial activities, which grew by 6,300 jobs. Manufacturing employment added 5,500 jobs over the month.

"Texas remains the best place to do business month after month thanks to the success and resilience of our Texas employers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “From lowering taxes for Texas employers, to supporting programs that meet the needs of our businesses, TWC is here to help support our economy’s ongoing growth."

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the lowest unemployment rates among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 2.6 percent each in December, followed by Austin-Round Rock at 2.7 percent, then College Station-Bryan at 2.8 percent.  

'With more than 650,000 jobs added in the past year, career opportunities for Texans continue to grow,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Albert Treviño. “TWC is here to support our state’s growing workforce, and ensure Texas is the best place to live and work.”

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 January is scheduled to be released on Friday, March 10, 2023 at 9:00a.m. (CST).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  December 2022 November 2022 December 2021
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 164,224.0 158,872.0 5,352.0 3.3 164,272.0 158,749.0 5,523.0 3.4 161,696.0 155,732.0 5,964.0 3.7
Texas 14,720.0 14,189.4 530.6 3.6 14,704.1 14,160.2 543.9 3.7 14,369.6 13,761.5 608.0 4.2
Abilene 79.3 76.8 2.5 3.2 79.2 76.6 2.5 3.2 79.4 76.7 2.7 3.4
Amarillo 134.3 130.8 3.4 2.6 134.3 130.6 3.7 2.8 134.1 130.3 3.8 2.9
Austin-Round Rock 1,372.6 1,335.8 36.8 2.7 1,372.9 1,335.0 37.9 2.8 1,339.8 1,301.1 38.8 2.9
Beaumont-Port Arthur 166.5 156.0 10.5 6.3 165.9 156.0 9.9 6.0 165.6 153.1 12.5 7.6
Brownsville-Harlingen 176.4 166.3 10.1 5.7 174.9 165.0 9.9 5.7 175.2 163.7 11.5 6.6
College Station-Bryan 140.8 136.9 4.0 2.8 142.1 137.8 4.3 3.1 138.9 134.6 4.3 3.1
Corpus Christi 202.9 193.7 9.2 4.5 202.6 193.2 9.4 4.6 202.4 190.8 11.7 5.8
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 4,327.8 4,191.3 136.6 3.2 4,328.1 4,186.2 141.9 3.3 4,170.3 4,018.9 151.4 3.6
Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,943.5 2,851.2 92.3 3.1 2,947.0 2,851.4 95.6 3.2 2,825.0 2,723.6 101.4 3.6
Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,384.4 1,340.1 44.3 3.2 1,381.1 1,334.8 46.3 3.4 1,345.3 1,295.3 50.0 3.7
El Paso 366.7 352.1 14.6 4.0 365.4 350.0 15.5 4.2 365.2 348.0 17.3 4.7
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,565.9 3,425.4 140.5 3.9 3,549.7 3,406.8 142.9 4.0 3,460.8 3,294.0 166.8 4.8
Killeen-Temple 183.4 176.1 7.2 4.0 183.2 175.7 7.6 4.1 181.9 173.9 8.0 4.4
Laredo 118.9 114.5 4.4 3.7 118.6 114.0 4.5 3.8 117.5 112.0 5.5 4.7
Longview 96.4 92.6 3.8 4.0 96.6 92.7 3.9 4.1 95.6 91.1 4.5 4.7
Lubbock 168.7 163.8 4.8 2.9 168.9 163.6 5.3 3.1 166.3 160.9 5.5 3.3
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 376.2 350.6 25.6 6.8 374.4 350.5 23.9 6.4 369.0 340.2 28.8 7.8
Midland 105.5 102.8 2.7 2.6 104.8 101.9 2.9 2.8 103.6 99.5 4.1 4.0
Odessa 81.6 78.6 3.1 3.8 81.5 78.2 3.3 4.0 81.1 76.4 4.7 5.8
San Angelo 54.9 53.3 1.7 3.0 54.8 53.0 1.8 3.2 54.6 52.6 2.0 3.6
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,244.1 1,203.3 40.8 3.3 1,250.8 1,207.8 43.0 3.4 1,217.2 1,171.2 46.0 3.8
Sherman-Denison 68.0 65.8 2.2 3.2 67.8 65.5 2.3 3.3 66.2 63.9 2.3 3.5
Texarkana 64.0 61.6 2.3 3.6 63.8 61.4 2.4 3.8 63.7 61.0 2.7 4.2
Tyler 112.4 108.7 3.7 3.3 112.5 108.6 3.9 3.4 111.1 106.9 4.2 3.7
Victoria 44.0 42.4 1.7 3.8 44.1 42.3 1.8 4.0 44.3 42.1 2.2 4.9
Waco 132.1 127.9 4.3 3.2 132.0 127.6 4.4 3.3 130.3 125.7 4.6 3.5
Wichita Falls 64.5 62.3 2.2 3.3 64.5 62.2 2.2 3.5 63.6 61.2 2.4 3.8
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Dec 2022* Nov 2022 Dec 2021 Nov '22 to Dec '22 Dec '21 to Dec '22
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 13,705,500  13,676,000  13,055,400  29,500  0.2    650,100  5.0     
Total Private 11,706,900  11,677,300  11,078,100  29,600  0.3    628,800  5.7     
Goods Producing 1,944,400  1,936,100  1,836,800  8,300  0.4    107,600  5.9     
Mining and Logging 230,100  228,000  189,800  2,100  0.9    40,300  21.2     
Construction 774,600  773,900  756,300  700  0.1    18,300  2.4     
Manufacturing 939,700  934,200  890,700  5,500  0.6    49,000  5.5     
Service Providing 11,761,100  11,739,900  11,218,600  21,200  0.2    542,500  4.8     
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,721,900  2,719,400  2,627,900  2,500  0.1    94,000  3.6     
Information 240,800  238,600  215,300  2,200  0.9    25,500  11.8     
Financial Activities 915,700  909,400  858,400  6,300  0.7    57,300  6.7     
Professional and Business Services 2,037,600  2,041,800  1,979,100  -4,200  -0.2    58,500  3.0     
Education and Health Services 1,857,700  1,845,000  1,752,600  12,700  0.7    105,100  6.0     
Leisure and Hospitality 1,526,500  1,528,700  1,371,100  -2,200  -0.1    155,400  11.3     
Other Services 462,300  458,300  436,900  4,000  0.9    25,400  5.8     
Government 1,998,600  1,998,700  1,977,300  -100  0.0    21,300  1.1     

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