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Texas added 58,200 positions in February 2023, leading the nation in jobs added over the month.
The data was published in April by the Texas Workforce Commission.
In February, the state reached 13,831,900 total nonfarm jobs, marking two full years of uninterrupted monthly job growth in Texas, the commission reported.
Since February 2022, 611,400 jobs have been added in Texas, according to statistics gathered by the commission.
The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.0 percent. However, the civilian labor force increased by 64,800 people which marked the largest monthly increase since September 2020.
“The past 24 months of uninterrupted job growth show the strength of the Texas economy and ongoing economic opportunities for Texans,” TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel said. “To sustain this growth, TWC supports initiatives to develop a skilled workforce to match employer needs and provide Texans with the skills necessary to succeed.”
Professional and Business Services led job growth in February with 30,300 positions added, followed by Private Education and Health Services, which grew by 12,500 jobs. Trade, Transportation and Utilities employment added 5,800 jobs over the month.
“The extraordinary job growth we’ve seen over the past year shows Texas is booming and continues to be the best state for business,” TWC Employers Commissioner Aaron Demerson said. “Our office is here to support Texas employers, large and small, as they grow and expand their operations utilizing resources including the Texas Conference for Employers, which helps businesses stay up-to-date on all things employer related.”
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.0 percent in February, followed by Amarillo at 3.5 percent, then Austin-Round Rock at 3.7 percent.
“If you’re looking to begin a new career or improve your current employment, TWC is a resource for training and upskilling,” TWC Labor Commissioner Alberto Treviño III said. “The continued addition of new jobs in February creates opportunities to be part of the great workforce in Texas.”
Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision.