COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas’ employment growth rate is
slowing down thanks to government job losses, but the state’s private sector is
still cranking out jobs and offsetting government job losses, according to the
latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy.

The state created 15.4 percent of total jobs created in the United States
from October 2010 to October 2011.

Texas gained 232,500 nonfarm jobs during the period, an annual growth rate
of 2.2 percent compared with 1.2 percent for the United States. The state’s
private sector added 287,900 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.4 percent
compared with 1.7 percent for the nation’s private sector.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 8.4 percent
in October 2011 from 8.2 percent a year earlier. The nation’s rate
decreased from 9.7 to 9.0 percent.

All Texas industries except the information industry and the state’s
government sector had more jobs in October 2011 than in October 2010. The
state’s mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation, followed by
the professional and business services industry, and the leisure and
hospitality industry.

All Texas metro areas except Abilene, Wichita Falls, Texarkana and College
Station-Bryan had more jobs in October 2011 than in October 2010. Victoria
ranked first in job creation followed by Laredo, Corpus Christi, Odessa and

The state’s actual unemployment rate in October 2011 was 8 percent. Midland
had the lowest unemployment rate followed by Amarillo, Odessa, Lubbock and
College Station-Bryan.