Texas Adds 28,900 Jobs in April: Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.7 Percent, Returning to All-Time Record Low Last Held in Late 2018

Date: May 17, 2019

Media Contact: Margaret Hession
Phone: 512-463-8942

Texas Adds 28,900 Jobs in April: Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.7 Percent, Returning to All-Time Record Low Last Held in Late 2018

AUSTIN ⎯ Growth in the Texas economy continued in April, with 28,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell once more to 3.7 percent, returning to an all-time record low last held in December of 2018. April marked the 108th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment.

“Our state’s ongoing success is linked to the innovation and competitiveness of employers in a range of industries providing Texans more opportunities to demonstrate their world-class skills,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “In fact, Chief Executive Magazine has named Texas the Best State for Business for the 15th year in a row.”

Private sector employers added 283,000 jobs over the year. Private annual employment growth was at 2.7 percent in April and has held above 2.0 percent since October 2017.

“As the Texas labor force reaches a historic number, TWC and our 28 local workforce boards are as committed as ever to connecting Texas workers with available jobs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Through career and technical education and training incentives Texas can continue to produce the country’s most skilled workers.”

Professional and Business Services led all major industries over the month, adding 8,400 jobs. Construction added 5,800 over the month while Education and Health Services employment grew by 4,300 jobs.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded April’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 1.7 percent, followed by the Odessa MSA which recorded at 2.0 for the second lowest rate. The Amarillo MSA had the third lowest rate of 2.1 percent.  

Audio downloads with comments from Chair Hughs 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 May is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 19, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  April 2019 March 2019 April 2018
C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 162,097.0 156,710.0 5,387.0 3.3 162,823.0 156,441.0 6,382.0 3.9 161,280.0 155,348.0 5,932.0 3.7
Texas 14,001.0 13,585.2 415.8 3.0 14,058.8 13,564.2 494.7 3.5 13,817.3 13,309.9 507.4 3.7
Abilene 77.1 75.2 2.0 2.6 77.5 75.1 2.5 3.2 77.6 75.2 2.4 3.1
Amarillo 132.5 129.7 2.8 2.1 133.1 129.5 3.6 2.7 132.8 129.4 3.3 2.5
Austin-Round Rock 1,212.4 1,184.8 27.6 2.3 1,213.7 1,180.6 33.1 2.7 1,193.9 1,161.6 32.4 2.7
Beaumont-Port Arthur 175.6 167.7 7.9 4.5 177.2 167.9 9.3 5.3 176.0 165.5 10.4 5.9
Brownsville-Harlingen 164.5 156.8 7.8 4.7 166.9 157.8 9.1 5.5 166.2 156.0 10.2 6.1
College Station-Bryan 135.5 132.5 3.0 2.2 137.0 133.3 3.7 2.7 133.3 129.7 3.5 2.7
Corpus Christi 208.0 200.5 7.5 3.6 210.2 200.9 9.3 4.4 210.1 199.8 10.3 4.9
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,962.5 3,851.7 110.7 2.8 3,975.7 3,844.5 131.3 3.3 3,876.2 3,747.6 128.6 3.3
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,681.9 2,606.8 75.1 2.8 2,689.6 2,601.1 88.5 3.3 2,614.2 2,526.8 87.4 3.3
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,280.6 1,244.9 35.7 2.8 1,286.2 1,243.4 42.8 3.3 1,262.0 1,220.8 41.2 3.3
El Paso 363.3 351.4 11.9 3.3 364.8 350.6 14.2 3.9 361.0 346.4 14.6 4.0
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,426.7 3,316.7 110.0 3.2 3,436.2 3,307.5 128.6 3.7 3,382.6 3,241.8 140.8 4.2
Killeen-Temple 178.5 172.8 5.6 3.2 178.4 171.7 6.7 3.8 175.9 169.2 6.7 3.8
Laredo 117.7 113.9 3.8 3.2 118.4 113.9 4.5 3.8 116.4 112.3 4.1 3.5
Longview 96.7 93.6 3.1 3.2 97.3 93.6 3.7 3.8 98.2 94.4 3.9 3.9
Lubbock 163.6 159.8 3.8 2.3 164.4 159.3 5.1 3.1 162.7 158.2 4.5 2.8
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 351.7 334.1 17.6 5.0 355.8 335.3 20.5 5.8 351.1 328.7 22.4 6.4
Midland 106.5 104.7 1.8 1.7 106.7 104.5 2.2 2.1 103.8 101.8 2.0 1.9
Odessa 86.4 84.6 1.8 2.0 86.6 84.5 2.1 2.5 84.8 82.6 2.2 2.5
San Angelo 56.1 54.7 1.4 2.5 56.2 54.5 1.7 3.0 55.8 54.2 1.6 2.9
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,202.8 1,171.7 31.1 2.6 1,207.9 1,170.4 37.5 3.1 1,189.6 1,153.2 36.3 3.1
Sherman-Denison 64.2 62.6 1.6 2.5 64.5 62.5 2.0 3.0 63.2 61.2 1.9 3.1
Texarkana 64.6 62.3 2.4 3.7 64.9 62.0 2.9 4.5 64.2 61.6 2.7 4.1
Tyler 108.5 105.4 3.1 2.8 108.3 104.6 3.6 3.4 107.2 103.6 3.6 3.4
Victoria 46.2 44.9 1.3 2.9 46.7 45.1 1.6 3.4 46.7 45.0 1.7 3.7
Waco 126.1 122.6 3.4 2.7 126.5 122.2 4.3 3.4 125.3 121.1 4.2 3.3
Wichita Falls 65.9 64.2 1.7 2.6 66.3 64.2 2.1 3.2 66.0 64.0 2.0 3.1
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Apr 2019* Mar 2019 Apr 2018 Mar '19 to Apr '19 Apr '18 to Apr '19
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,727,600 12,698,700 12,433,400 28,900 0.2 294,200 2.4
Total Private 10,768,900 10,740,200 10,485,900 28,700 0.3 283,000 2.7
Goods Producing 1,928,500 1,919,700 1,848,000 8,800 0.5 80,500 4.4
     Mining and Logging 257,500 254,800 241,100 2,700 1.1 16,400 6.8
     Construction 766,500 760,700 734,000 5,800 0.8 32,500 4.4
     Manufacturing 904,500 904,200 872,900 300 0.0 31,600 3.6
Service Providing 10,799,100 10,779,000 10,585,400 20,100 0.2 213,700 2.0
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,510,800 2,510,000 2,475,800 800 0.0 35,000 1.4
     Information 202,000 202,100 203,400 -100 0.0 -1,400 -0.7
     Financial Activities 793,400 790,000 772,500 3,400 0.4 20,900 2.7
     Professional and Business Services 1,766,900 1,758,500 1,721,000 8,400 0.5 45,900 2.7
     Education and Health Services 1,729,900 1,725,600 1,687,600 4,300 0.2 42,300 2.5
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,391,700 1,388,500 1,346,200 3,200 0.2 45,500 3.4
     Other Services 445,700 445,800 431,400 -100 0.0 14,300 3.3
     Government 1,958,700 1,958,500 1,947,500 200 0.0 11,200 0.6

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