The latest Employment report shows that Texas added an estimated 189,600 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. Texas’ total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment increased by 8,300 jobs in April’s preliminary estimate. The state has added jobs in 12 of the last 13 months.
Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.4 percent in April, up slightly from 4.3 percent in March, and remained below the national average of 5.0 percent.
Employment in the Education and Health Services industry was up in April with the addition of 10,900 jobs. Solid growth also continued in the Professional and Business Services industry which added 6,600 jobs over the month and recorded a 1.9 percent annual growth rate.
The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.7 percent, followed by the Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock MSAs with rates of 2.9 and 3.0 percent, respectively, in April.