In Texas, it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs.
A new report from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University says that the Texas economy gained 276,400 nonagricultural jobs from June 2014 to June 2015, an annual growth rate of 2.4 percent, compared with 2.1 percent for the United States. Many of the major metropolitan areas saw much bigger gains, like Midland-Odessa.
Midland ranked first in job creation, followed by Dallas-Plano-Irving, Odessa, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Austin-Round Rock, and San Antonio-New Braunfels. Fort Worth-Arlington ranked No. 7 with 2.7 percent job growth.
In fact, every single Texas metro areas except Wichita Falls had more jobs in June 2015 than one year prior.
Big sectors for job growth were:
- Leisure and Hospitality: 5.05 percent growth
- Education and health services: 3.87 percent growth
- Professional and business services: 3.54 percent growth
- Transportation, warehousing and utilities: 3.52 percent growth
- Construction: 3.34 percent growth
All these new jobs in the Texas economy were created despite lower oil prices. Real Estate Center research economist Ali Anari says there hasn’t been much impact from dropping oil prices yet. But that could change.
“The oil companies hedged into the future and they have oil contracts, many of them extending to the end of this year,” Anari said. “If there is a downtown, it would not be apparent until next year.”