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HOUSTON-GULF COAST REGION*
 
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Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA added 26,400 jobs in February. Job gains were found across many industry sectors but Professional and Business Services was the largest contributor with payrolls up 7,800 jobs or 1.6%. Other drivers of February’s increase were gains in Government, Educational and Health Services, Construction, and Leisure and Hospitality.

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA was up 67,100 jobs over the year. The 2.2% pace of job growth was a vast improvement from one year earlier when payrolls were up only 0.1% or 4,100 jobs from February 2016. While job growth was widespread, gains were heavily concentrated in Professional and Business Services, up 25,400 jobs or 5.4%. Construction, which was reporting over-the-year declines for most of 2017, was the second largest contributor with payrolls up 9,300 jobs or 4.3%. Information reported the only substantial decline, down 600 jobs or 1.9%.

 
 

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Professional and Business Services added 7,800 jobs in February and 25,400 jobs over the year, up 5.4%.

  1. Employment Services, where staffing agencies are found, added 11,400 jobs over the year.

  2. Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services, added 800 jobs over the year. 

  3. Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 900 jobs over the year.

  4. Services to Buildings and Dwellings added 900 jobs over the year.

 

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Education and Health Services (Private) added 4,900 jobs in February with payrolls up 2,400 jobs or 0.6% over the year.  

  1. Educational Services added 900 jobs over the year, up 1.5%.

  2. Ambulatory Health Care Services, where most health care related businesses outside of hospitals are found, added 4,200 jobs over the year, up 2.7%.

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Durable Goods Manufacturing added 1,400 jobs in February with payrolls up 5,3300 jobs or 3.9% over the year. 

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Local Government Educational Services  added 6,800 jobs in February with payrolls up 3,100 jobs over the year, up 1.5%.      


  
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Trade, Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities added 12,400 jobs over the year, up 2.0%.

  1. Wholesale Trade added 2,900 jobs over the year, up 1.8%.

  2. Retail Trade added 6,900 jobs over the year, up 2.2%. Strongest hiring has been at Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers, up 2,200 jobs or 10.2%.

  3. Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities added 2,600 jobs over the ear, up 1.9%.

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Support Activities for Mining added 300 jobs in February with payrolls up 3,500 jobs or 9.5% over the year.       
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Construction added 3,700 jobs in February with payrolls up 9,300 jobs over the year.

  1. Construction of Buildings, where a substantial amount of Hurricane Harvey repair is under way, saw payrolls rise by 1,500 jobs in February and 7,500 jobs over the year, up 13.1%.

  2. Specialty Trade Contractors added 2,100 jobs in February with payrolls up 2,300 jobs over the year, up 2.1%.

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Financial Activities added 1,000 jobs in February with payrolls up 4,000 jobs over the year, up 2.5%. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing was responsible for the increase with payrolls up 4,300 jobs or 7.6% over the year.

 

The thirteen-county region's rate of unemployment fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.7% in February. The local rate was higher than the state’s 4.1% rate and nation’s 4.4% rate.      

 
 

For more detailed job growth information, see the monthly reports located at Understand the Local Labor Market.

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1. Monthly data is not available at the thirteen county Gulf Coast Region level and is only provided for The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA). The H-W-S MSA includaes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.
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