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Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Great news for Texas job seekers, as it appears jobs in San Antonio are burgeoning.

According to the Texas Labor Market Review, total nonagricultural employment in Texas climbed by an estimated 13,200 jobs in April, a slight improvement over a revised increase of 11,600 positions in March. This series has now added jobs in 27 of the last 28 months, and has risen by more than 540,000 positions over that time frame. Eight of the 11 major industries showed employment increases over the month, led by gains of 7,300 jobs in Construction and 6,300 positions in Manufacturing. Total Nonagricultural Employment ended April at an estimated level of 10,755,600 jobs, an increase of 225,800 jobs over the year. The annual growth rate for the employment series dropped by twotenths of a percentage point for the second month in a row to reach 2.1 percent, the lowest level recorded since December.

After a dip in March, Construction employment rebounded in April with the addition of 7,300 jobs. The April job gains marked the second-largest monthly growth since October 2007. Year-to-date job gains for Construction were positive through April for the fi rst time since 2008. Construction employment expanded at a 2.5 percent annual growth rate, representing the addition of 14,100 jobs over the year. Manufacturing employment rose for a seventh consecutive month with the addition of 6,300 jobs in April. This represented the largest over-the-month gain for the industry since July 1994. Manufacturing grew by 25,400 jobs on an annual basis, marking a 3.1 percent annual growth rate. Durable Goods accounted for 20,600 jobs gained over the year, while Nondurable Goods added 4,800 positions.
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment grew by 2,900 jobs in April, largely reversing the March decline of 3,600 jobs. Retail Trade accounted for 2,300 of the positions added in April. Trade, Transportation, making up just shy of half of those gains with the addition of 21,100 positions. The 2.0 percent annual growth rate for Trade, Transportation, and Utilities marked the lowest over-the-year growth rate for the industry since December 2010.