Job growth in Texas continues to soar upward with 34,800 jobs positions added in November according to recent numbers published by the Texas Workforce Commission. This upward climb has helped to push the unemployment rate from 4.9 to 5.1 percent in October. The Metroplex (which includes Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington) unemployment rate has also gone down to 4.6 from 4.8. A 0.2 percent decrease may not seem like a lot, but it is a noticeable change from last year’s 5.7 percent unemployment rate (November 2013).

It is not just the DFW area that is seeing this growth; the entire state of Texas is experiencing this sunshine in employment. According to a recent report from the Dallas Business Journal, Andres Alcantar, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, says “The Texas economy continued its record-breaking expansion, providing job opportunities across a wide range of industries. Texas employers set another record by adding 441,200 jobs over the year and we must continue to focus our efforts on expanding our state’s skilled workforce to meet employer needs in high-demand industries.”

Those with higher degrees are benefiting the most from the recent additions to the job market. Many people are considering returning to school so that they can fulfill their dreams and become more marketable. “It is never too late to invest in yourself,” said Cynthia Seskes who left an 18-year career in educational counseling to pursue her true passion. Her master’s degree helped her to make that career change. “I decided this year to make a somewhat radical change from a career in higher education to pursue my ‘creative’ side.  I am enjoying combining my business knowledge with my love of interior design and challenging myself to learn skills in a new professional venture,” said Seskes.

“By advancing my educational credentials, many doors were opened to me that would have otherwise been closed. Leadership is all about serving others and the more you have (knowledge), the more you can give,” said Ron Nieman reflecting on his education and relation to his position at Sanford Rose Associates – Dallas North.

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at Examiner.com