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Total Nonfarm Employment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA was up 101,800 jobs over the year in July with the pace of job growth rising to 3.4 percent. The largest job gains were in Professional and Business Services, Construction, and Trade, Transportation & Utilities.

  • Professional and Business Services added 1,100 jobs in July and 40,900 jobs over the year, up 8.5%.
    1. Employment Services, where staffing agencies are found, added 13,500 jobs over the year
    2. Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services added 3,900 jobs over the year 
    3. Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,800 jobs over the year
    4. Services to Buildings and Dwellings added 3,900 jobs over the year
  • Construction added 2,500 jobs in July with payrolls up 25,500 jobs or 11.9% over the year.
    1. Construction of Buildings, where Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts continue, added 15,200 jobs over the year
    2. Specialty Trade Contractors added 7,400 jobs over the year 
  • Retail Trade added 8,000 jobs over the year, up 2.6%.
  • Wholesale Trade added 5,000 jobs over the year, up 3.0%.
  • Durable Goods Manufacturing added 6,700 jobs over the year, up 4.8%. 
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities added 2,300 jobs over the year, up 1.6%.
  • Real Estate and Rental and Leasing added 3,300 jobs over the year, up 5.6%.
  • Ambulatory Health Care Services, where most health care related businesses outside of hospitals are found, added 6,900 jobs over the year, up 4.4%.
  • Support Activities for Mining added 3,100 jobs over the year, up 7.9%.       

The thirteen-county region’s rate of unemployment fell to 4.4 percent in July, slightly higher than the state’s 4.0 percent rate and nation’s 4.1 percent 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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