Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 20,000 jobs in December, representing the addition of 230,800 jobs since December 2009. At 8.3 percent for December, the Texas unemployment rate remains well below the 9.4 percent U.S. unemployment rate for December. Annual job growth in Texas is also strong at 2.3 percent, as compared to the U.S. growth rate of 0.9 percent.
“The Texas labor force expanded for the fourth consecutive month, currently at more than 12.2 million individuals,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “Job growth in the Goods-Producing industries was positive, with annual growth rates of 14.8 percent in Mining and Logging, 5.8 percent in Construction and 3.4 percent in Manufacturing.”
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest December unemployment rate in the state at 4.9 percent. The Amarillo MSA had the second lowest unemployment rate in December at 5.3 percent, followed by the Lubbock MSA at 5.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted).