Texas continues to lead nation in job creation
Dallas Morning News:
Texas led the nation in job growth for the fourth straight year in 2013, reflecting the state’s strength and resilience recovering from the recession that ended in mid-2009.The unemployment rate in Texas is down to 6 percent despite all the new workers flocking to the state by the hundreds everyday. Energy continues to be strong for employment opportunities but jobs were growing across the board.
The state added 252,400 jobs last year, according to preliminary state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The next-closest states were California, with 235,700 new jobs, and Florida, with 192,900.
Texas also added the most jobs in December (17,600), followed by Florida (14,100) and California (13,600).
“It’s a nice way to end the year,” said Michael T. Wolf, an economist for Wells Fargo. “Year-over-year percentage growth was positive for every major industry in Texas — even government was up. That bodes really well for Texas.”