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April 2019 employment data was released on May 17, 2019 for the Gulf Coast region.

Employers in the H-W-S MSA reported an increase of 17,500 jobs in April.  The 0.6 percent increase was twice as strong as the historical average increase of 0.3 percent. Many industry-sectors managed increases with largest gains found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 7,600 jobs or 2.3 percent
  • Professional and Business Services, up 4,600 jobs or 1.0 percent
  • Educational and Health Services, up 4,200 jobs or 1.0 percent
  • Construction, up 3,000 jobs or 1.4 percent

March declines were found:

  • Manufacturing, down 1,200 jobs or 0.5 percent
  • Wholesale Trade, down 1,600 jobs or 0.9 percent
  • Government, down 1,000 jobs or 0.2 percent

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 86,200 jobs over the year. The pace of job growth in the MSA rose one-half of a percentage point to 2.8 percent, one percentage point faster than the nation’s 1.8 percent. Job gains were widespread:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 22,300 jobs or 4.6 percent
    • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services added 6,400 jobs
    • Administrative and Support Services added 6,700 jobs
    • Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,800 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 14,900 jobs or 6.6 percent
    • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing added 6,300 jobs
    • Machinery Manufacturing added 4,300 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 14,500 jobs or 3.7 percent
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 8,300 jobs or 2.6 percent
  • Other Services, up 5,500 jobs or 4.9 percent
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 4,400 jobs or 3.0 percent
  • Mining and Logging, up 4,700 jobs or 6.1 percent
  • Construction, up 4,500 jobs or 2.0 percent

The only year-over-year declines were in:

  • Retail Trade, down 3,400 jobs or 1.1 percent
  • Information, down 800 jobs or 2.5 percent

Industries with prospects for hiring in June:

      • Professional and Business Services companies providing architectural and engineering related services and computer systems design and related services
      • Construction companies
      • Building and dwelling service companies providing landscaping, exterminating, carpet and upholstery cleaning
      • Health care service providers, health practitioners, hospitals, and other health facilities
      • Entertainment and recreation related establishments
      • Restaurant and hotel establishments

For more detailed job growth information see the monthly reports located at (click on Labor Market Information).


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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