Oil, manufacturing propel turnaround on jobs

Oil, manufacturing propel turnaround on jobs

Oil and gas industry is a leader as more rigs return to duty

June 16, 2017


Texas posted another month of strong job growth in May, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday, led by oil and gas jobs that are rushing back as producers send rigs back to work.

The state added 14,800 positions last month, bringing the annual growth rate to 2.2 percent – a significant improvement from the 1.8 percent rate at which the state was growing at the end of 2016. Unemployment fell slightly to 4.4 percent, coming close to the national rate of 4.1 percent.

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