Unemployment in the Houston area fell to 8 percent in April as the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown MSA added 13,600 nonfarm jobs the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. In the Houston MSA, nine of the eleven sectors reported positive job growth. Houston’s 8 percent unemployment rate is a decrease from 8.3 percent in March and from 8.2 percent in April 2010.
On a statewide basis, Professional and Business Services expanded by 8,000 jobs in April, following a revised gain of 12,400 jobs in March. This was the third consecutive month of growth for the sector, which has posted monthly increases in 16 of the past 19 months. Annual growth in the industry climbed slightly in April to reach 57,900 jobs, an annual growth rate of 4.6 percent, the highest rate seen in Professional and Business Services since February 2008.
Texas’ job gains of 32,900 and trailed only New York which gained 45,700 jobs for the largest monthly increase in employment in April, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, Texas ranks first nationally for the largest year-over-year job increase at 254,400 jobs. The Lone Star State is followed by California (144,200), Pennsylvania (80,000), Ohio (67,000) and Illinois (66,600).