Employment growth in the Dallas area (Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlingon MSA) pushed to new heights in April with a new record for jobs in the region. Dallas has added jobs each month so far this year as the unemployment rate sits near 3.4 percent. Texas added a total of 39,600 jobs in April according to seasonally adjusted data from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The oil boom in the Permian Basin continued to boost employment in the Odessa Midland area with Midland posting a state-low unemployment rate of just 2.1 percent.

Non-adjusted data show that the Dallas area has added 119,900 jobs compared to April of last year, helping Texas to maintain its rankings as the best state for business for the 14th year in a row according to Chief Executive Magazine rankings.