Texas Economy Adds 39,600 Positions in April

May 18, 2018

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

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy added 39,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in April, which marked 22 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 332,300 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.7 percent in April. Private sector employers added 37,900 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in April, up slightly from 4.0 percent in March.

“Texas employers continue to boost the impressive Texas economy by adding 39,600 jobs in April and 332,300 jobs over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Our state’s ongoing trajectory of success is linked to the innovation and competitiveness of employers in a range of industries providing workers more opportunities to demonstrate their world-class skills.”

The Manufacturing Industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 8,600 jobs added. Professional and Business Services employment grew by 7,500 jobs in April, followed by Education and Health Services with 6,200 jobs.

“Texas employers added 327,500 jobs over the past year, making our state’s annual private-sector employment growth 3.2 percent for April, up from 2.9 percent in March,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “It’s no surprise that CEOs ranked the Lone Star State as the Best State for Business for the 14th consecutive year in a row. These numbers are a testament to the perseverance and resilience of our Texas employers and the diversity of our Texas economy.”

Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.6 percent. The College Station-Bryan MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 2.7 percent for April.

“The Texas labor force is now approaching 14 million and has continued to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC and the 28 local workforce development boards are committed to connecting Texas workers with available jobs.”

Audio downloads with comments from Commissioner Hughs on the latest labor market data are available on the TWC website recent 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 May is scheduled to be released on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (CDT).

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)
  April 2018 March 2018 April 2017
  C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate
United States 161,280.0 155,348.0 5,932.0 3.7 161,548.0 154,877.0 6,671.0 4.1 159,817.0 153,262.0 6,555.0 4.1
Texas 13,860.3 13,340.2 520.2 3.8 13,836.5 13,267.1 569.4 4.1 13,527.2 12,967.8 559.4 4.1
Abilene 77.3 74.9 2.5 3.2 77.3 74.5 2.7 3.5 75.7 73.1 2.6 3.4
Amarillo 134.0 130.5 3.5 2.6 133.4 129.4 4.0 3.0 132.0 128.4 3.7 2.8
Austin-Round Rock 1,191.2 1,158.4 32.8 2.8 1,190.4 1,153.6 36.8 3.1 1,149.3 1,115.9 33.4 2.9
Beaumont-Port Arthur 174.8 164.0 10.8 6.2 176.3 164.5 11.7 6.7 175.9 164.2 11.7 6.7
Brownsville-Harlingen 168.2 157.7 10.5 6.2 168.4 157.4 11.0 6.5 167.7 156.2 11.4 6.8
College Station-Bryan 134.2 130.5 3.7 2.7 135.7 131.6 4.1 3.0 129.3 125.6 3.7 2.9
Corpus Christi 208.6 198.0 10.7 5.1 209.8 198.3 11.5 5.5 210.7 199.0 11.7 5.6
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 3,903.5 3,772.4 131.1 3.4 3,888.0 3,744.0 143.9 3.7 3,773.9 3,641.0 132.9 3.5
     Dallas-Plano-Irving MD 2,639.2 2,550.3 88.9 3.4 2,630.3 2,533.0 97.3 3.7 2,547.7 2,458.2 89.5 3.5
     Fort Worth-Arlington MD 1,264.3 1,222.1 42.2 3.3 1,257.6 1,211.0 46.6 3.7 1,226.2 1,182.8 43.4 3.5
El Paso 361.4 346.4 15.0 4.2 361.6 345.4 16.3 4.5 356.3 340.5 15.8 4.4
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 3,407.7 3,262.9 144.8 4.2 3,395.2 3,238.9 156.2 4.6 3,323.9 3,162.8 161.1 4.8
Killeen-Temple 178.4 171.5 6.8 3.8 178.0 170.6 7.3 4.1 175.4 168.3 7.1 4.0
Laredo 116.3 112.1 4.2 3.6 116.3 111.7 4.6 4.0 114.5 109.8 4.8 4.2
Longview 97.5 93.5 4.0 4.1 97.8 93.4 4.4 4.5 97.6 92.5 5.1 5.2
Lubbock 164.7 160.0 4.7 2.8 165.2 159.5 5.8 3.5 161.6 157.0 4.7 2.9
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 349.0 326.5 22.6 6.5 350.3 326.1 24.2 6.9 344.5 319.4 25.1 7.3
Midland 99.8 97.7 2.1 2.1 97.3 94.9 2.4 2.4 90.3 87.6 2.8 3.0
Odessa 81.3 79.1 2.3 2.8 80.6 78.1 2.5 3.1 77.2 73.9 3.3 4.3
San Angelo 55.4 53.7 1.7 3.0 55.6 53.7 1.9 3.4 54.8 52.8 2.0 3.6
San Antonio-New Braunfels 1,188.3 1,151.1 37.2 3.1 1,187.7 1,146.6 41.1 3.5 1,161.2 1,123.0 38.2 3.3
Sherman-Denison 63.4 61.5 2.0 3.1 63.5 61.3 2.2 3.5 62.0 59.9 2.1 3.4
Texarkana 65.2 62.4 2.7 4.2 65.3 62.2 3.1 4.7 65.0 62.3 2.7 4.2
Tyler 108.2 104.5 3.7 3.4 107.8 103.8 4.0 3.7 105.6 101.6 4.0 3.8
Victoria 45.6 43.8 1.8 3.9 45.8 43.8 2.0 4.3 46.6 44.4 2.2 4.7
Waco 125.9 121.6 4.3 3.4 125.8 121.1 4.7 3.8 124.5 120.1 4.3 3.5
Wichita Falls 65.6 63.5 2.1 3.2 65.7 63.3 2.4 3.7 65.2 62.9 2.3 3.5
Texas Nonagricultural Wage and Salary Employment Seasonally Adjusted
INDUSTRY TITLE Apr 2018* Mar 2018 Apr 2017 Mar '18 to Apr '18 Apr '17 to Apr '18
Absolute Change Percent Change Absolute Change Percent Change
Total Nonagricultural 12,507,500 12,467,900 12,175,200 39,600 0.3 332,300 2.7
Total Private 10,560,100 10,522,200 10,232,600 37,900 0.4 327,500 3.2
Goods Producing 1,869,600 1,852,000 1,773,800 17,600 1.0 95,800 5.4
     Mining and Logging 245,800 240,900 218,600 4,900 2.0 27,200 12.4
     Construction 748,900 744,800 708,300 4,100 0.6 40,600 5.7
     Manufacturing 874,900 866,300 846,900 8,600 1.0 28,000 3.3
Service Providing 10,637,900 10,615,900 10,401,400 22,000 0.2 236,500 2.3
     Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 2,502,300 2,499,400 2,446,900 2,900 0.1 55,400 2.3
     Information 198,800 199,000 202,600 -200 -0.1 -3,800 -1.9
     Financial Activities 768,400 770,900 751,000 -2,500 -0.3 17,400 2.3
     Professional and Business Services 1,735,600 1,728,100 1,657,400 7,500 0.4 78,200 4.7
     Education and Health Services 1,692,900 1,686,700 1,664,000 6,200 0.4 28,900 1.7
     Leisure and Hospitality 1,356,200 1,352,500 1,309,400 3,700 0.3 46,800 3.6
     Other Services 436,300 433,600 427,500 2,700 0.6 8,800 2.1
     Government 1,947,400 1,945,700 1,942,600 1,700 0.1 4,800 0.2

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