The Texas economy continues to create jobs at a pace twice the national average.

According to the Real Estate Center’s latest Monthly Review of the Texas Economy, the state gained 322,600 nonagricultural jobs from March 2012 to March 2013, an annual growth rate of 3 percent compared with 1.5 percent for the United States.

The state’s private sector added 310,000 jobs, an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent compared with 1.9 percent for the nation’s nongovernment sector.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent from 7 percent a year earlier. The nation’s rate decreased from 8.2 to 7.6 percent.

All Texas industries and the state’s government sector had more jobs than a year ago. The state’s mining and logging industry ranked first in job creation, followed by the construction industry, leisure and hospitality services, and professional and business services.

All Texas metro areas except Texarkana and Wichita Falls had more jobs. Odessa ranked first in job creation, followed by Midland, Corpus Christi, Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown.

The state’s actual unemployment rate was 6.3 percent. Midland had the lowest unemployment rate followed by Odessa, Amarillo, Abilene, San Angelo and College Station-Bryan.


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