March 12, 2022

Texas continues jobs growth streak in January 2022

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas started off strong in the first month of 2022 with gains of 29,000 total non-agricultural jobs in the first month of 2022, exceeding the previous record employment level set in December 2021 by reaching more than 13 million jobs, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Texas had seasonally adjusted  unemployment rate of 4.8% in January remained unchanged from December 2021. Post-pandemic, Texas has added 687,500 positions since January 2021.

“Texas has an amazing workforce — more than 14 million people — and the workforce development pipeline in place to continue to build a robust talent pool for the future,” said Robert Allen President and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corp. “Steady job growth shows that Texas is the place to be for job seekers and job creators.”

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities sectors gained 12,000 jobs over the month. Leisure and Hospitality added 5,700 positions. Information jobs grew by 3,300, according to TWC.

The Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded January’s lower unemployment rates among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.3%. College Station-Bryan and Lubbock recorded an unemployment rate of 3.7% each and Abilene at 3.9%.

Source: Texas Workforce Commission