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June 2019 employment data was released on July 19, 2019 for the Gulf Coast region.

Employers in the H-W-S MSA reported an increase of 14,700 jobs in June.  The 0.5 percent increase was in line with the historical average increase of 0.5 percent. Many industry-sectors managed increases with largest gains found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 5,800 jobs
  • Construction, up 4,100 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 3,100 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 2,900 jobs
  • Other Services, up 2,900 jobs

June declines were found in:

  • Education & Health Services, down 2,000 jobs
  • Government, down 5,300 jobs

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 82,900 jobs over the year. The pace of job growth in the MSA was 2.7 percent, more than one full percentage point faster than the nation’s 1.5 percent.
Job gains were widespread:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 17,600 jobs
    • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services added 8,100 jobs
    • Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,800 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 11,000 jobs
    • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing added 6,300 jobs
    • Machinery Manufacturing added 3,300 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 9,500 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 8,500 jobs
  • Mining and Logging, up 8,400 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 7,500 jobs
  • Other Services, up 7,400 jobs
  • Construction, up 6,900 jobs

The only substantial year-over-year declines were in:

  • Employment Services, down 6,600 jobs
  • Retail Trade, down 3,300 jobs
  • Information, down 1,200 jobs

Industries with prospects for hiring in August:

    • Construction companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Wholesalers
  • Retailers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Health care service providers, health practitioners, hospitals, and other health facilities
  • Restaurants
  • Staffing Agencies

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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