The Texas economy continued to add jobs in February, according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday.
Texas added 80,600 jobs in February, pushing the total for 2013 to 359,800.
The commission reported the state’s employment has grown by 3.3 percent so far this year, with growth in 11 major industries.
Texas’ adjusted unemployment was 6.4 percent in February. This is up from 6.3 percent in January, but down from 7.1 percent a year ago. Texas’ unemployment rate remained below the national rate of 7.7 percent. February marked the 74th month in a row Texas’ unemployment was below the national rate.
“The Texas economy continues to expand, and the addition of 80,600 jobs in February is good news for job seekers,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar. “With businesses expanding in 11 major industries over the year, including a 4.3 percent annual growth rate in the Goods Producing industries, TWC stands ready to help Texans take advantage of these opportunities.”
The unemployment rate for the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area was 7.1 percent in February, down from 7.5 percent in January. The rate was 7.9 percent in February 2012.
The numbers were reflected in communities across the state.
“It’s good to see so many industries expanding in Texas,” said Ronny Congleton, TWC commissioner representing labor. “Our state’s construction industry and mining and logging industry have both grown by 7.5 percent over the last year, combining for 63,000 jobs added. Such strong growth in these industries helps to drive growth in other industries.”
Employment in professional and business services increased by 25,400 jobs across Texas in February. This industry has grown by 4.8 percent over the year, adding 66,000 jobs.
“Private employers have added 347,200 jobs over the year, growing at a rate of almost 4 percent,” said Hope Andrade, TWC commissioner representing employers. “As these businesses continue to grow their investments, I am committed to ensuring that our state can continue to meet their workforce needs.”