Texas Adds 6,700 Jobs in FebruaryPress Release
AUSTIN, TX - In February 2017, the Texas economy expanded with the addition of 6,700 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs, said a Texas Workforce Commission press release. Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in February, which is a slight increase from 4.8 percent in January.
“Texas employers added 222,400 jobs over the year in the diverse Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC will continue to focus on the workforce needs of these growing industries and build partnerships that develop a world-class workforce for Texas employers.”
According to the release, the Education and Health Services industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 11,700 jobs added. Leisure and Hospitality employment grew by 4,400 jobs in February, while Manufacturing jobs expanded by 3,900.
“Texas employers continue to keep our state’s economy strong with private-sector employment expanding over the year with an overall job-growth of 189,200, including 12,300 jobs added in February,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “TWC is committed to offering programs that allow employers to provide customized training to meet the skills needed for today’s competitive job market.”
The Civilian Labor Force (C.L.F.) Estimates with a non-seasonally adjusted rate for the San Angelo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) also witnessed an improvement, but remains lower than Abilene, Midland, Odessa, and Lubbock.
San Angelo's C.L.F. for February was at 52.8 percent, and 51.4 percent in January. Unemployment went down to 2.4 percent in February from 2.5 percent in January. The MSA for San Angelo in February was also at 4.4 percent; in January is was 4.6 percent. To see the comparisons with the other listed cities, visit here.
The release also noted that the Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month's lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6 percent, followed by Lubbock and Austin-Round Rock MSAs with a rate of 3.7 percent, and the College Station-Bryan MSA with a rate of 3.8 for February.
“Texas’ labor force is the backbone of the Texas economy. It is made up of hard-working individuals who are eager to obtain the skills that our employers need,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “For individuals who need assistance connecting with that perfect career opportunity, I encourage our labor force to tap into TWC’s training resources like our apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a good-paying career.”
TWC employment estimates are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision, said the release. To access this and more employment data, click here.