Texas Workforce Commission Releases April Employment Statistics
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has released April's employment report, indicating the state is continuing to show job growth. Over the past year, Texas has added 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs and 1,200 positions since April.
Texas' unemployment rate remained the same in April at 4.2 percent. That's down one full percentage from the 5.2 percent in April 2014. Texas' unemployment rate remains below the national unemployment rate of 5.4 percent as well.
TWC reports April job gains were led by the Leisure and Hospitality industry, which added 6,900 positions. The Information industry experienced its largest monthly gain since June 2000 with the addition of 3,400 jobs in April. Other Services added 2,800 jobs during the month followed by Trade, Transportation and Utilities, which increased by 2,100 positions.
Lubbock's unemployment rate of 3 percent in April is down 0.3 percent from March. Amarillo reports the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.7 percent. Midland had the second lowest rate for the month of April at 2.9 percent.