Texas added 13,200 jobs in April, and the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent, down from 7 percent in March and 8 percent a year ago, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.
Compared to a year ago, Texas is up 225,000 jobs, the commission said.
“The Texas economy continues to add jobs, with 10 of 11 major industries growing over the past year,” Andres Alcantar, the commission chairman, said. “The continued growth across industries is positive.”
Texas’ private sector employers added 12,200 jobs over March and were up 277,100 jobs from a year ago, the commission said.
Construction led, with an increase of 7,300 jobs and was up 14,100 jobs from a year ago. Trade, transportation and utilities was up 2,900 in April and was up 42,300 from a year ago.
Mining and logging added 400 jobs in April and was up 33,900 from a year ago.
Manufacturing was up 6,300 jobs in April and 25,400 from a year earlier.
Information was up 800 jobs in April and 2,100 from a year earlier.
Financial activities was down 1,900 jobs in April and was up 13,800 from a year ago.
Professional and business services was off 2,600 jobs in April, but was up 39,500 from a year ago.
Education and health services was up 2,500 jobs for April and 49,100 from a year ago.
Leisure and hospitality was of 4,300 jobs in April, but up 42,600 from a year ago.
Other services added 800 jobs in April, and were up 14,300 from a year ago.
Government, which includes public schools, added 1,000 jobs in April, but was off 51,300 jobs from a year ago.
The Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent in April from 7.5 percent a year ago.
- Scott Nishimura