The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA added 1,900 jobs in April, according to the latest figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission.
In their latest report, TWC shows that Education and Health Services continues to be the region's strongest sector, posting a gain of 600 jobs over the month, and 2,500 jobs over the year, a 4.7 percent growth rate.
That total is the majority of the more than 3,000 jobs have been created in the McAllen MSA so far this year, according to TWC. Unemployment in the MSA stands at 11.1 percent, higher than the state average (8.1) and U.S. average (9.1)
Leisure and Hospitality experienced job growth with the addition of 300 jobs over the month. The industry increased by 400 jobs over the year and recorded a 2.1 percent annual growth rate.
Federal Government employment grew by 300 jobs over the month, resulting in two consecutive over-the-month employment increases. Annual job growth stood at 8.8 percent.
Local Government increased payrolls by 400 jobs over the month. Local Government has added 2,800 jobs since April 2009 and registered a 6.3 percent annual growth rate.
Texas' total nonagricultural employment grew for the fourth consecutive month gaining 32,500 jobs in April.
“The employment results were mixed in Texas for the month of April. While the unemployment rate in our state increased from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent, we did experience job growth in a number of industries,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Texas had employment gains in such sectors as Construction, Mining and Logging along with Manufacturing.”
Construction employment displayed impressive growth in April with an increase of 10,600 jobs. Mining and Logging grew for the third consecutive month with 2,800 jobs added in April. Manufacturing employment increased by 700 jobs in April.
“The Texas labor force is expanding at a record pace, and there is stiff competition for all these new jobs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Texans searching for work can look to TWC for assistance at workforce centers across the state and on WorkInTexas.com.”
Education and Health Services employment recorded gains of 14,800 positions in April for a total of 65,400 jobs over the past year. Employment in Professional and Business Services increased for the fourth month in a row, gaining 7,900 jobs in April. Other Services employment grew by 7,500 jobs and Financial Activities added 500 jobs in April.
“Texas employers added jobs in eight of 11 industries in April, offering opportunities to a diverse pool of job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “TWC and the 28 workforce boards are committed to connecting Texas workers with available jobs.”