COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – The Texas economy gained 290,500 nonagricultural jobs from June 2012 to June 2013, an annual growth rate of 2.7 percent compared with 1.7 percent for the United States. The state’s nongovernment sector added 275,800 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3 percent compared with 2 percent for the nation’s private sector.
According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.5 percent in June 2013 from 7 percent in June 2012. The nation’s rate decreased from 8.2 to 7.6 percent.
All Texas industries except the transportation, warehousing and utilities industry had more jobs last month than a year ago. The state’s construction industry ranked first in job creation, followed by leisure and hospitality services, professional and business services, and mining and logging.
All Texas metro areas except Wichita Falls, Tyler, Beaumont-Port Arthur and Texarkana had more jobs than a year ago. Midland ranked first in job creation, followed by Odessa, Fort Worth-Arlington, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown and Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos.
The state’s actual unemployment rate was 6.9 percent. Midland had the lowest unemployment rate followed by Odessa, Amarillo, Abilene and Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos.