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Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA added 15,700 jobs in November, up 0.5 percent. The increase was higher than the last two November increases and in line with the historical average 0.5 percent increase. The largest November increase was in Trade, Transportation & Utilities, up 10,000 jobs or 1.6 percent, with substantial increases also found in Construction, Manufacturing, Information, and Government. 

  The pace of job growth in the H-W-S MSA rose from 1.4 percent in October to 1.6 percent representing an increase of 48,500 jobs over the year. Gains were largely concentrated in Manufacturing, Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services, and Government. Construction and Information were the only super sectors reporting losses.
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Retail Trade added 7,900 jobs in November as retailers boosted payrolls for the holiday season.  Retailers have added some 2,100 jobs over the year, up 0.7%.   

 Where The Job Are - map Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities reported a strong increase of 2,600 jobs in November. Payrolls were up 1,200 jobs over the year with the pace of job growth at its highest level since October 2015.
  Where The Job Are - map Construction of Buildings, where a substantial amount of Hurricane Harvey repair is under way, saw payrolls rise by 2,300 jobs in November.
 Where The Job Are - map Durable Goods Manufacturing added some 1,300 jobs over the month with payrolls up 13,200 jobs or 9.8% over the year.  Most of the hiring has been at manufacturers of fabricated metals.
 Where The Job Are - map Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services , added some 1.300 jobs to payrolls in November. This was the best November on record according to data going back more than 20 years.   
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Education and Health Services (Private) suffered a slight loss in November but payrolls were up 9,800 jobs or 2.5% over the year.   

  1. Educational Services added 2,500 jobs over the year, up 4.2%.
  2. Ambulatory Health Care Services, where most health care related businesses outside of hospitals are found, added 6,600 jobs over the year, up 4.3%.
  3. Hospitals have added 2,300 jobs over the year, up 2.6%.

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Financial Activitiesadded 300 jobs in November and 4,700 jobs over the year, up 3.0%.

  1. Insurance Carriers and Related Activities added 1,200 jobs over the year, up 1.2%.
  2. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing added 3,500 jobs over the year, up 6.3%.
 Where The Job Are - map Local Government Educational Services added 2,000 jobs in November and 5,900 jobs over the year, up 2.8%.

The thirteen-county region's rate of unemployment rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.3 percent in November. While the local rate was higher than the state’s 3.7 percent rate and nation’s 3.9 percent rate, this was the lowest for the month of November since 2007  


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 aGulf 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 includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller
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