COLLEGE STATION (Real Estate Center) – Texas’ economy continues to
outperform the U.S. economy, according to the latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy produced by the
Real Estate Center.

Texas gained 254,900 jobs from April 2010 to April 2011, an annual growth
rate of 2.5 percent. Over the same period, U.S. nonfarm employment rose 1.1

The state’s private sector also exceeded U.S. figures, posting an annual
employment growth rate of 3 percent compared with the nation’s 1.7 percent

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8 percent last month
from 8.2 a year ago. During that time, the nation’s rate decreased from 9.8 to
9 percent.

All Texas industries except the information industry had more jobs in April
2011 than in April 2010. All Texas metro areas except Abilene had more jobs, as
well. Petroplex Odessa ranked first in job creation followed by petroplex
Midland, Dallas-Plano-Irving, Beaumont-Port Arthur and Amarillo.

The state’s actual unemployment rate last month was 7.7 percent. Midland had
the lowest unemployment rate followed by Amarillo, College Station-Bryan,
Lubbock and San Angelo.