Texas gained 186,900 nonagricultural jobs from August 2015 to August 2016, an annual growth rate of 1.6 percent, lower than the nation's growth rate of 1.7 percent. The nongovernment sector added 146,300 jobs, an annual growth rate of 1.5 percent compared with 1.9 percent for the nation's private sector.
Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in August 2016 was 4.7, up from 4.4 percent in August 2015. The nation's rate decreased from 5.1 to 4.9 percent.
All Texas industries except mining and logging, manufacturing, and the transportation, warehousing, and utilities industry had more jobs in August 2016 than in August 2015. Leisure and hospitality ranked first in job creation followed by financial activities, education and health services, the government sector, trade, and professional and business services.
All Texas metro areas except Odessa, Midland, Texarkana, and Wichita Falls had more jobs in August 2016 than in August 2015. College Station-Bryan ranked first in job creation followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Laredo, Austin-Round Rock, and Brownsville-Harlingen.
The state's actual unemployment rate in August 2016 was 5 percent. Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Austin-Round Rock, Lubbock, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Sherman-Denison, College Station-Bryan, and San Antonio-New Braunfels.
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