The Texas economy continues to produce more jobs than the national economy, according to the latest report from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.

Texas nonfarm employment rose 2.2 percent from December 2006 to December 2007 compared with the 0.9 percent annual growth rate for the United States.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.7 percent in December 2006 to 4.5 percent in December 2007.
The state’s mining industry ranked first in job creation, followed by professional and business services, the leisure and hospitality industry and the financial activities industry.

All Texas metro areas except Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood had positive employment growth rates from December 2006 to December 2007. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission ranked first in job creation followed by Tyler, Austin–Round Rock, and Brownsville-Harlingen. Midland had the lowest unemployment rate, followed by Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa and College Station–Bryan.

Source: Real Estate Center