Texas Adds Most Jobs in Nation in May
Texas employers added 56,400 jobs in May, the most in the nation, figures from the Labor Department showed today.
Payrolls climbed in 36 U.S. states in May and the unemployment rate fell in 20, showing the labor market continued to strengthen across the nation.
Texas led all gainers followed by Pennsylvania with 24,700 more jobs, the Labor Department reported.
A total of 383,100 jobs were added in Texas in the past 12 months, making it the largest over-the-year job increase in the state in nearly 17 years, the Texas Workforce Commission reported.
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in May, down from 5.2 percent in April.
Headcounts are climbing as business confidence and sales improve and the economy rebounds from its worst performance in three years. Employment in the U.S. reached a milestone last month as payrolls pushed past their pre-recession peak for the first time, while fewer firings are also helping put more Americans at ease about spending.