Job growth in Texas breaks records again

(Central Square) – Texas again broke its record for job growth in December, setting another all-time record for 14 straight months.

Employers added 29,500 non-farm payroll jobs in December and more than 650,000 last year, bringing total employment to a new high of 13,705,500 as of December 31, 2022.

“Texas is leading the nation in offering businesses the freedom to thrive and grow,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “Our skilled and growing workforce is a magnet for job creators. jobs, putting even more Texans on the path to prosperity. We live in a state of endless opportunity, and in the upcoming legislative session, we will continue to work together to keep Texas as a land of opportunity.”

Education and health care added the most jobs in December with 12,700, followed by 6,300 new jobs in finance and 5,500 in manufacturing, according to recently released data from the Texas Workforce Commission.

“Each month of record employment in Texas creates more opportunities for success for both our workforce and employers,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Brian Daniel.

“Texas remains the best place to do business month after month because of the success and resilience of our Texas employers,” said TWC commissioner representing employers Aaron Demerson, citing state tax cuts for employers and affordable programs that support businesses as drivers of worker growth. places. .

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas also fell below 4% for the first time since February 2020. The Texas unemployment rate of 3.9% is still above the national rate.

The Amarillo and Midland metropolitan statistical areas recorded the lowest unemployment rate of 2.6% in December, followed by 2.7% in Austin Round Rock and 2.8% in College Station Bryan. McAllen-Edinburgh had the highest unemployment rate at 6.8%, followed by Beaumont-Port Arthur at 6.3% and Brownsville-Harlingen at 5.7%.

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