April 18, 2022

Texas adds 30,100 jobs in March, unemployment rate declines to 4.4%

AUSTIN, Texas — In March, Texas set a new employment record for the fifth consecutive month, adding 30,100 nonagricultural jobs, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Nonfarm jobs reached 13,207,600 in March 2022 with a total of 731,600 positions created since March 2021. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped in March 2022 to 4.4%, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points over February 2022.

Texas has added 152,000 jobs in the first quarter of 2022, more jobs than in any previous period since 1990.

“Texas has the workforce to support this record-breaking job growth, thanks in large part to a collaborative effort to provide robust workforce training and development,” said Robert Allen, President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation. “The thriving economic climate in Texas is providing expanded opportunities for Texans to advance their careers.”

In March, Financial Activities gained 7,800 jobs. Manufacturing added 5,600 positions, and Education and Health Services grew by 5,500 jobs.

The Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded March’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 2.7%, followed by College Station-Bryan at 2.9% and Lubbock at 3%.

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit TexasLMI.com.