Texas added 28,600 private-sector jobs in February

Texas gained 28,600 private-sector positions in February, according to a Marketwired press release, citing figures from the ADP Regional Employment Report. 

Service-providing sectors led the way, adding 22,000 jobs. Goods-producing sectors gained 6,600 positions. 

Natural resources/mining and construction had the largest job growth of any industry, adding 4,200 positions. Gains were also seen in manufacturing, professional and business services and trade, transportation and utilities. 

The state production index, a measure of manufacturing health in the state, rose to 16.7 percent in February, up from 11.9 in January, the Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey showed, according to myStatesman. 

The survey attributed the increase to rising orders, production increases and improving optimism. 

A greater share of factory managers interviewed by the survey also said that they were likely to increase hiring in the next six to 12 months. 

The source noted, however, that the industry is facing a demand for talent, myStatesman reported. Some two-thirds of the factory managers surveyed said that they still have problems finding qualified candidates. And three-quarters of managers said that the applicants they do receive lack the technical skills needed for the job. 

Texas saw private-sector job growth in February.