The Texas economy continues to create more jobs despite lower oil prices. The state’s economy gained 304,200 non-agricultural jobs from April 2014 to April 2015, an annual growth rate of 2.6 percent compared with 2.2 percent for the United States. According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the state’s non-government sector added 282,200 jobs, an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent compared with 2.6 percent for the nation’s private sector.
Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in April 2015 from 5.2 percent in April 2014. The nation’s rate decreased from 6.2 to 5.4 percent
All Texas industries except mining and logging (which includes oil and gas) and manufacturing had more jobs. The state’s leisure and hospitality industry ranked first in job creation followed by construction and transportation, warehousing and utilities.
All Texas metro areas except Texarkana, Wichita Falls and College Station-Bryan had more jobs. Odessa ranked first in job creation, followed by Midland, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Corpus Christi and Beaumont-Port Arthur.
The state’s unemployment rate in April was 4 percent. Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Midland, Austin-Round Rock, Lubbock, College Station-Bryan and San Antonio-New Braunfels.
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