Texas added 28,700 jobs in November, but all of that growth came from a handful of industries while most other sectors lost jobs, according to data released today by the Texas Workforce Commission. Still, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November fell to 6.1 percent — the lowest rate in nearly five years. Texas saw the second largest job gain in the nation last month – after California’s 44,300 new jobs, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. On a positive note, Texas’ October job figure was upwardly revised to 13,800 from 7,400. Texas Gov. Rick Perry lauded the state’s robust employment climate. “What all these great unemployment statistics really add up to, our lowest unemployment rate in nearly five years, a declining unemployment rate for four consecutive months and more than a quarter-million jobs added since this time last year, is that Texas is creating jobs and opportunity,” he said today in a statement. “We’ve been the national epicenter for all kinds of job creation for over a decade, and all indications are that won’t change anytime soon.” Nationally, employment increased in 43 states and decreased in seven states and Washington, D.C., in November.
Long term, Texas leads the nation in job growth. The state added 274,200 jobs in the last 12 months. In November, only four of Texas’ 11 major industry groups added jobs, led by trade, transportation and utilities’ 22,000 jobs. Professional and business services added 9,400 jobs. Government gained 8,200 jobs and manufacturing added 3,500 jobs.