August 19, 2022

With 72,800 new jobs in July, Texas hits monthly employment high for 2022

AUSTIN — For the ninth consecutive month, Texas set new job levels for 2022 by adding 72,800 total nonagricultural jobs in July, and total nonagricultural employment reached 13,513,100, according to data released today by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

“Texas jobs are booming, and more Texans are working than ever before as we again break all previous records for total jobs,” Gov. Greg Abbott said. “Despite the economic challenges job creators are facing across the nation, businesses are investing with confidence in the Lone Star State because we’ve built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish and hardworking Texans to succeed. The July jobs report shows that our welcoming business environment, our lower business operating costs, and our young, skilled, diverse, and growing workforce offer unmatched advantages for job creators. We continue unleashing the full might of our economy and ensuring a more prosperous future for Texans all across this great state.”

Texas added a total of 736,700 positions since July 2021. The seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 4.0%, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from June 2022.

 “Since January of this year, Texas has added 406,800 jobs, the most growth we’ve recorded during that timeframe in any year,” TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel said.

Education and Health Services gained 14,3900 jobs over the month. Professional and Business Services added 12,700 positions, followed by Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, which grew by 12,500 jobs.

This continuing jobs surge in Texas shows that business leaders as well as employees are advancing their economic pursuits in Texas, the best state for business, said Robert Allen, president and CEO of the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

“We’re excited to celebrate this continuing job growth for Texas employers and more good jobs for 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 July’s lowest unemployment rates among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 3.1% each, followed by College Station-Bryan and Midland both at 3.5%, then Abilene and San Angelo each at 3.6 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