TEXAS - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that the Lone Star State added 441,200 positions in 2014 — about a third of all jobs added in the U.S.
"We certainly have created business-friendly policies," said Hope Andrade, of the TWC.
"You may have heard is that more people are coming to Texas every day and businesses are locating to Texas. We have a high quality of life and a low cost of living. Most importantly, we have the workforce."
Texas, North Dakota and Utah are being hailed as the fastest-growing job markets of 2014, with each posting employment gains of more than 3 percent.
Texas' nonfarm employment has risen 3.7 percent, with Utah seeing a 3.8 percent gain and North Dakota seeing a 5 percent rise.
In November, TWC reported the state's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, down from 6.6 percent in November 2013. In comparison, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in December that the national unemployment rate is still hovering at 5.8 percent.
Sectors leading the way in Texas job expansion include trade, transportation and utilities, which added 89,600 positions in the last 12 months.
TWC attributed a significant chunk of those gains to the North Texas region, where relocating businesses such as Toyota and State Farm are bringing in new opportunities. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington's unemployment rate is lower than the state's, at 4.6 percent in November.
Andrade is optimistic that job growth will continue into 2015 in Dallas and Texas as a whole.
For more employment stats, see the Texas Workforce Commission.