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Texas Added 383,000 Jobs Over Past Twelve Months

The year ending in May brought the largest twelve-month increase since 1997.



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The Texas Workforce Commission says the state’s economy added 56,400 jobs in May – the largest monthly increase of any state in the country. The May total brought the number of jobs Texas added over the past twelve months to more than 383,000, the biggest over-the-year job growth since September 1997.

“I almost fell out of my chair when I saw the numbers this morning,” says Patrick Jankowski, vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership. “Back in October, November, December, we thought the economy would start slowing down this time of year, and it’s picking up, and it seems like it’s building pace again. And what’s nice to see is we’re seeing growth in every sector. Mining and logging continues to drive the economy. Strong growth in construction. Strong growth in manufacturing. Even the information sector, which has been a laggard for so many years, is starting to see healthy growth.”

The state’s unemployment rate registered 5.1 percent in May, down a tenth of a percentage point from April. Houston area unemployment came in at 5 percent.

Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew Schneider is the senior reporter for politics and government at Houston Public Media, NPR's affiliate station in Houston, Texas. In this capacity, he heads the station's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments...

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