April 3, 2017
The Texas Workforce Commission reported that 6,700 more Texans found jobs in February 2017, with Texas employers adding a total of 222,400 jobs between February 2016 and February 2017. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.9% in February, up from 4.8% in January 2017.
The Education and Health Services sector recorded the largest private-industry employment gain during the month, adding 11,700 jobs. Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 4,400 jobs, while manufacturing grew by 3,900 jobs.
The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs, with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.6%, followed by the Lubbock and Austin-Round Rock MSAs, which reported a rate of 3.7% percent. College Station-Bryan reported a 3.8% unemployment rate for the month.
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