Texas Job Creation Numbers in 2017
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The year 2017 was huge for job creation in Texas.
The addition of 68-thousand people into the state's workforce last month resulted in a net gain of 400 jobs in December. Industries including leisure and hospitality, construction, and information all added to the number of jobs in the pool.
Ruth Hughes with the Texas Workforce Commission says 306,900 jobs were added over the last 12 months, capping off 92 consecutive months of annual growth. The state unemployment rate did tick up slightly in December to 3.9-percent, still lower than the national average of 4.1-percent. The Austin-Round Rock metro's rate ended the year at 2.7-percent, which is unchanged from November.
Texas has the second largest labor force in The United States.