The employment rate in Texas was at 93 percent in March, a slight increase from 92.8 percent in February and from 92.1 percent the same time a year ago.
The country had an employment rate of 91.6 percent for March, up from 91.3 percent the month before and 90.8 percent in March 2011.
“The prospects for Texas job seekers continue to improve,” Texas Workforce Commissioner representing labor Ronny Congleton said. “We encourage those still searching for employment or affected by layoffs to contact a local Workforce Solutions Office to take full advantage of the services they offer.”
In Texas, eight of the 11 major industries added jobs during the month. Leisure and hospitality took the lead with the addition of 6,000 positions, the Texas Workforce Commission reported. During the past year, the industry added 49,900 jobs for an annual growth rate of 4.8 percent.
Texas’ manufacturing industry added 2,900 jobs in March, for a total of 23,700 positions gained over the year and an annual growth rate of 2.9 percent.
“Employment in mining and logging rose by 2,000 jobs in March, continuing that industry’s expansion over the last 29 months,” Texas Workforce Commissioner representing the public Andres Alcantar said. “TWC stands ready to assist job seekers in capitalizing on the opportunities available across our diverse industries.”
The Midland area had the highest employment rate, 96.3 percent, in the state for March, while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission and the Brownsville-Harlingen areas tied for the lowest employment rates in Texas, at 89.3 percent each.