AUSTIN – Texas unemployment held steady in January at 3.5 percent, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Employers added 279,000 jobs over the past year and 19,500 jobs in January, an annual employment growth rate of 2.2 percent for that month. This marks 117 consecutive months of annual growth.
The state’s employment growth rate has held above 2 percent since February 2018.
Midland had the lowest non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the state at 2.4 percent. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the highest at 7.6 percent.
The construction industry had the most seasonally adjusted growth in employment from January 2019 to January 2020, growing 4.6 percent. The mining and logging industry was the only sector to see a drop in employment, falling 8.5 percent.
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