There are plenty of Texas jobs hiring now, thanks to impressive population growth. Still unemployment has remained relatively steady at around 4 percent. The state gained around 400,000 people in 2017, which reflects the strength of its economy and its prosperity.
The Texan economy is worth roughly $1.6 trillion, which is only behind California, and 100 Fortune 1,000 companies are based there. Naturally, oil is still a major industry in the state, with an estimated 20 billion barrels left in the Midland Basin of the Wolfcamp Shale area, although the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford shale both have significant reserves.
Texas is more than just oil, however. The Dallas-Fort Worth area alone is responsible for approximately a third of the total economic output of Texas, with an estimated 6.6 million people in the area. Trade, transportation, and utilities form the biggest sector in this metroplex, with professional and business services coming second, as you would expect in most cities.
Exxon Mobil is the biggest company headquartered in DFW, with an estimated revenue of just under $200 billion and 71,100 employees. AT&T and American Airlines are also major companies with headquarters there. City of Dallas jobs are also plentiful, as this area requires significant administration and coordination.
Houston experienced significant job growth of 2.2 percent during 2017, the employment services industry in particular experiencing a spectacular rise of 16.7 percent. Houston companies hiring may include Phillips 66 and ConocoPhillips, both of which are among the largest companies in the area and involved in oil and gas. Sysco Corp. is a food retailer located there.
Austin, on the other hand, has experience a rise in the unemployment rate, from 2.9 percent to 3.1 percent in just six months. Professional and business services and government jobs are both particularly prominent here, as it is the state capital. Dell, Whole Foods Market and ABM industries are the top employers in the area.
Overall, jobs in Texas are plentiful, especially if you wish to go into retail or if you want to explore the oil and gas industry. It's worth exploring other options as the Lone Star State is so much more than ranching and petroleum.