These may not be farm jobs, but Texas' workforce seems to be in high cotton! An impressive 51,300 more jobs were created in the state of Texas during the month of January.

These figures are for non-farm jobs and adjusted for seasonal conditions. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was under five percent. Great news!

“Texas employers and our talented workforce started 2017 on a high note with the addition of 51,300 jobs in January,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a release. “Employers in a diverse range of industries have added 225,300 jobs over the year, a reflection of the many competitive advantages Texas offers to employers, including a strong business climate and an expanding and highly skilled workforce.”

Among the highlights from the Texas Workforce Commission's monthly figures:

  • The Professional and Business Services industry gained most over the month with 14,000 more jobs.
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 8,100 jobs.
  • Manufacturing employment expanded by 7,300 jobs.
  • The Amarillo and Lubbock areas had lowest unemployment rate among Texas metros at 3.4%.
  • Our neighbors down in the Austin-Round Rock area were at 3.5 percent for January. (It may have been lower had they been working instead of protesting, but I digress.)

If you're looking for a job, check out TWC's website.


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