September 16, 2022

Texas sets new employment record, reaching 13,530,100 total nonfarm jobs in August 2022

AUSTIN — For the tenth consecutive month, Texas set new job levels for 2022 by adding 16,400 total nonagricultural jobs in August, and total nonagricultural employment reached 13,530,100, according to data released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

“Thanks to the strength of the Texas economy and the best workforce in America, Texas has surpassed three major employment milestones, smashing all previous records with more jobs than ever, more Texans working than ever, and the largest labor force ever in the state’s history,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “While the nation faces economic headwinds, Texas leads all states for nonfarm jobs added over the last 12 months―a testament to continuing business confidence in the Lone Star State’s pro-growth economic policies and the unrivaled quality of our young, skilled, diverse, and growing workforce. Working together, we will keep Texas the best place to live, work, start a business, and raise a family.”

Texas added a total of 726,900 positions since August 2021. The seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 4.1%, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from July 2022.

 “Private industry jobs are up more than six percent from this time last year, and Texas employers continue to expand their workforces,” TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel said.

Professional and Business Services led private industry job growth in August with 5,200 positions added, followed by Education and Health Services, which grew by 3,800 jobs.  Financial Activities added 2,800 jobs.

This new record for jobs and total employed Texans clearly demonstrates that business leaders have continuing confidence in Texas’s business climate and employees and their families are better able to achieve their economic dreams in Texas, the best state for business, said Robert Allen, president and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

“We’re thrilled that Texas set this new employment record, supporting Texas employers and providing good jobs for all Texans,” he said. “Texas’s continuing success is the product of an ongoing collaboration at all levels to develop and educate a skilled workforce pipeline ready to take these news jobs and those in the future.”

The Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded August’s lowest unemployment rates among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.0% each, followed by Midland at 3.3 percent, then Abilene, College Station-Bryan, Lubbock and San Angelo each at 3.3 percent.

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