The latest Employment report shows that, with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, Texas marked the tenth consecutive month of job growth in January. Texas employers added 187,400 jobs over the past year, highlighting the diversity of our economy.
Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in January, down from a revised 4.6 percent in December, and remained below the national average of 4.9 percent. The Education and Health Services industry added 11,500 jobs in January, representing the largest over-the-month gain since October 2004. Over the year, Education and Health Services gained 62,100 jobs.
Leisure and Hospitality employment rose for a 10th consecutive month with 7,300 jobs added in January. Manufacturing employment expanded by 4,300 jobs in January for the industry’s largest over-the-month gain since April 2014.
The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.0 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock MSAs with rates of 3.2 and 3.3 percent, respectively, in January.