Texas Unemployment Rate Remains 5.7%; National Unemployment Rate Sits at 6.7%

By Karl Wehmhoener | kwehmhoener@kamr.com

Published 03/28 2014 01:36PM

Updated 03/28 2014 01:37PM

AUSTIN -- Texas employers added 37,600 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in February. 

Those additions, coupled with a revised gain of 43,000 jobs in January, boosted annual growth to 314,200 jobs in Texas.

Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent in February. It was down from 6.5 percent in February 2013, and was a full percentage point below the nations February unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

"The Texas economy added 314,200 jobs over the year for an annual growth rate of 2.8 percent," said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. "I encourage job seekers to visit their local Workforce Solutions office to take advantage of the jobs being created across industries in Texas."

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest February unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA had the second lowest at 3.7 percent and the Amarillo MSA was third at 4.2 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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