Texas Adds 15,400 Jobs in January

March 8, 2019

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

Unemployment rate rises slightly from historic low

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy saw more positive employment growth to begin 2019, with 15,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added in January. After holding at a historic low for five consecutive months, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.8 percent. January marked the 105th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment.

“Texas employers added 292,000 jobs since last January, an increase of 2.4 percent, which provides exceptional opportunities for our highly skilled workforce and highlights the competitive strength of our diverse economy,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas is state that continues to welcome new employers and was recently awarded the Governor’s Cup for our efforts in economic development for a record- breaking seventh year in a row.”

Private sector annual employment growth held steady at 2.6 percent in January and has held above 2.0 percent since October 2017.

The Professional and Business Services industry led over the month with a gain of 8,800 jobs. This industry also gained the second most jobs over the year with 47,800 positions, for a 2.8 percent annual growth rate.  Included in this industry, the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector contributed most of the job gains over the year with 33,000 positions.

“Positive economic growth means continued opportunities for the expanding labor force here in Texas in well-paying industries such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Construction,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The Texas labor force has much to offer and there are resources available to find the perfect occupational fit. I encourage our labor force to connect with TWC’s apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a well-paying career.”

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 51,000 jobs from January 2018 to January 2019 – more positions than any other major industry in Texas. The Wholesale Trade and Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities sectors contributed over 90 percent of this growth.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded January’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.3 percent, followed by the Odessa MSA which recorded at 2.8 for the second lowest rate.  The Amarillo MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 3.1 percent.

“Much like the tenacity of Texans, job creation is strong in our state,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “Through continued hard work, and policies focused on empowering our most at-risk residents, Texas’ economy can not only endure but serve as an example of prosperity.”

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Thomas on the latest labor market data are available on the TWC webpage for recent press releases. 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 22, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  January 2019 December 2018 January 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 162,104.0 154,964.0 7,140.0 4.4 162,510.0 156,481.0 6,029.0 3.7 160,037.0 152,848.0 7,189.0 4.5
Texas 13,987.6 13,397.7 589.9 4.2 13,975.4 13,473.6 501.8 3.6 13,689.9 13,107.2 582.7 4.3
Abilene 77.7 74.9 2.8 3.6 77.3 74.9 2.4 3.1 76.0 73.3 2.7 3.6
Amarillo 132.0 128.0 4.0 3.1 132.5 129.0 3.4 2.6 130.9 127.1 3.8 2.9
Austin-Round Rock 1,208.9 1,168.8 40.2 3.3 1,205.5 1,172.4 33.1 2.7 1,178.8 1,142.6 36.2 3.1
Beaumont-Port Arthur 177.0 165.3 11.7 6.6 177.1 167.1 10.1 5.7 176.5 163.4 13.1 7.4
Brownsville-Harlingen 167.1 155.9 11.2 6.7 165.4 155.8 9.6 5.8 167.4 155.8 11.6 6.9
College Station-Bryan 133.2 128.9 4.3 3.2 134.8 131.1 3.7 2.7 129.9 125.7 4.2 3.2
Corpus Christi 208.1 197.3 10.8 5.2 209.0 199.6 9.4 4.5 208.2 196.0 12.3 5.9
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,956.8 3,800.9 155.9 3.9 3,956.2 3,827.2 128.9 3.3 3,850.5 3,708.2 142.3 3.7
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,673.9 2,570.9 103.0 3.9 2,669.6 2,582.4 87.3 3.3 2,598.9 2,502.9 96.0 3.7
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,283.0 1,230.0 52.9 4.1 1,286.5 1,244.8 41.7 3.2 1,251.6 1,205.3 46.3 3.7
El Paso 363.9 347.2 16.7 4.6 363.2 348.8 14.4 4.0 360.7 344.1 16.6 4.6
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,423.3 3,268.4 154.9 4.5 3,424.0 3,289.4 134.6 3.9 3,354.9 3,189.7 165.2 4.9
Killeen-Temple 178.8 170.6 8.2 4.6 177.8 170.8 7.0 4.0 175.7 168.2 7.5 4.3
Laredo 118.9 113.7 5.2 4.3 118.0 113.6 4.4 3.7 115.7 111.1 4.6 4.0
Longview 98.2 93.9 4.3 4.4 98.1 94.3 3.8 3.8 96.9 92.4 4.6 4.7
Lubbock 162.1 156.9 5.3 3.3 163.2 158.6 4.6 2.8 160.5 155.4 5.1 3.2
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 355.4 328.4 27.0 7.6 353.2 329.8 23.4 6.6 351.0 323.8 27.1 7.7
Midland 108.4 105.9 2.5 2.3 108.5 106.4 2.1 1.9 100.2 97.8 2.4 2.4
Odessa 87.3 84.8 2.5 2.8 87.2 85.1 2.1 2.4 82.0 79.3 2.6 3.2
San Angelo 55.9 53.9 2.0 3.5 55.9 54.2 1.7 3.1 55.2 53.4 1.9 3.4
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,202.4 1,158.6 43.7 3.6 1,198.3 1,160.8 37.5 3.1 1,174.6 1,133.5 41.1 3.5
Sherman-Denison 63.8 61.6 2.2 3.5 64.1 62.2 1.9 3.0 62.5 60.3 2.2 3.5
Texarkana 64.9 61.3 3.6 5.5 65.2 62.1 3.1 4.8 63.9 60.8 3.1 4.8
Tyler 108.0 103.7 4.3 4.0 108.9 105.1 3.8 3.5 105.4 101.2 4.2 4.0
Victoria 46.7 44.8 1.9 4.0 47.1 45.4 1.6 3.4 46.2 44.2 2.0 4.4
Waco 126.2 121.3 4.9 3.9 125.9 121.8 4.2 3.3 123.9 119.1 4.8 3.9
Wichita Falls 66.5 64.0 2.5 3.8 66.3 64.1 2.1 3.2 65.6 63.2 2.4 3.6
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Jan 2019* Dec 2018 Jan 2018 Dec '18 to Jan '19 Jan '18 to Jan '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,649,300 12,633,900 12,357,300 15,400 0.1 292,000 2.4
Total Private 10,687,500 10,676,900 10,414,100 10,600 0.1 273,400 2.6
Goods Producing 1,904,600 1,909,700 1,822,300 -5,100 -0.3 82,300 4.5
     Mining and Logging 258,200 256,500 233,500 1,700 0.7 24,700 10.6
     Construction 748,800 753,600 724,100 -4,800 -0.6 24,700 3.4
     Manufacturing 897,600 899,600 864,700 -2,000 -0.2 32,900 3.8
Service Providing 10,744,700 10,724,200 10,535,000 20,500 0.2 209,700 2.0
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,515,400 2,509,700 2,464,400 5,700 0.2 51,000 2.1
     Information 204,500 204,300 203,900 200 0.1 600 0.3
     Financial Activities 784,300 781,500 769,800 2,800 0.4 14,500 1.9
     Professional and Business Services 1,754,200 1,745,400 1,706,400 8,800 0.5 47,800 2.8
     Education and Health Services 1,717,200 1,714,800 1,679,000 2,400 0.1 38,200 2.3
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,369,700 1,373,100 1,338,600 -3,400 -0.2 31,100 2.3
     Other Services 437,600 438,400 429,700 -800 -0.2 7,900 1.8
     Government 1,961,800 1,957,000 1,943,200 4,800 0.2 18,600 1.0

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