EL PASO, TX – During the month of April 2023, the city of El Paso Texas showed a slight increase in its annualized unemployment rate, unlike other border towns such as Brownsville, Laredo and McAllen, according to figures presented by the Workforce Commission (TWC).
Texas achieved 26 consecutive months of growth in total nonfarm employment in April 2023, with the state again eclipsing records for the largest civilian labor force and the largest number of people employed in state history.
The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force increased by 62 thousand 184 people to reach an all-time high of 14 million 960 thousand 308 people, while the unemployment rate held steady at 4.0%. Texas added 33,300 jobs to reach another series high, with a total of 13,871,100 nonfarm jobs. Annually, Texas’ job count increased more than any other state, with 534,600 jobs added since April 2022.
Each of the 11 major industries had positive year-over-year growth in Texas, with all but one industry, Construction, achieving positive growth over the month. In April, Professional and business services posted the largest monthly increase, with 8,700 jobs added, followed by Trade, transportation and utilities, with 6,400 jobs, and Leisure and hospitality, with 6,200 jobs.
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) achieved the lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs, with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.3 percent in April, followed by Amarillo, at 2.8 percent, and College Station-Bryan, at 2.9 percent.
Nationally, over the year, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA ranked second for number of jobs added, while the Midland MSA ranked first in America for percentage of jobs added.
El Paso, recorded a non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last April of 4.1, contrasting with the 3.9 rate achieved in the same month of 2022. Brownsville had a rate of 5.2, down from 5.3 a year earlier.
Laredo registered an unemployment rate of 3.8 in April 2023, compared to 4.0 in the same period but in 2022; while McAllen, reached 5.6 at the end of the second month of the year, below the 6.0 registered last year.
According to the figures presented, El Paso closed March with a total of 15,400 unemployed people, contrasting with the 14,400 that were registered a year ago; while 363,500 citizens were working this year. In Brownsville, 9,300 people ended March without work, 100 less than those recorded in 2022, while 171,100 were employed.
The city of Laredo reported 4,600 unemployed, 100 less than in April 2022, while 114,600 people were working in March 2023; in McAllen, 21,300 citizens were looking for work, 1,000 less than a year ago, while 359,100 people were employed at the end of April 2023.