Texas Job Gains Slow in March

The latest Labor Department report on state employment gains shows Texas added just over half as many jobs in March as in February.


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Eleven thousand workers joined Texas payrolls in March, down from 20,000 the month before.

Declines in construction and trade & transportation employment offset jobs added in most other sectors. Texas, which led the nation in job creation in February, dropped to fourth place behind New York, California, and Arizona.

Texas registered a 7% unemployment rate for March. That’s down a tenth of a percentage point from February but a full point from a year earlier. The national jobless rate was little changed from February at 8.2% but was 0.7 of a point lower than in March 2011.


States with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from March 2011
to March 2012, seasonally adjusted

  Rate Over-the-year
State March 2011 March 2012 (p) change
Alabama 9.3 7.3 -2.0
California 11.9 11.0 -.9
Connecticut 9.1 7.7 -1.4
Florida 10.7 9.0 -1.7
Georgia 9.8 9.0 -.8
Michigan 10.5 8.5 -2.0
Minnesota 6.6 5.8 -.8
Missouri 8.7 7.4 -1.3
Nevada 13.6 12.0 -1.6
Ohio 8.8 7.5 -1.3
South Carolina 10.4 8.9 -1.5
South Dakota 4.9 4.3 -.6
Tennessee 9.4 7.9 -1.5
Texas 8.0 7.0 -1.0
Utah 7.1 5.8 -1.3
Vermont 5.8 4.8 -1.0
Washington 9.4 8.3 -1.1
Wisconsin 7.6 6.8 -.8

   p = preliminary. Graph from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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