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HOUSTON-GULF COAST REGION*
 
JUNE-JULY
 

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA added 9,400 jobs in May. The 0.3 percent increase, while slightly weaker than most May increases, directly follows a strong 0.8 percent April increase.  Job gains were widespread with the largest contribution of hiring found in Professional & Business Services, up 4,800 jobs or 0.9 percent. Also making substantial contributions to May’s increase was Leisure & Hospitality, up 1,700 jobs or 0.5 percent, Construction, up 900 jobs or 0.4 percent, and Mining & Logging, up 1,200 jobs or 1.5 percent.  Several industry sectors suffered losses with the most substantial declines found at Merchant Wholesalers of Durable Goods, down 1,200 jobs or 1.2 percent, and Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services, down 2,400 jobs or 8.5 percent.  

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA was up 79,200 jobs over the year with the pace of job growth at 2.6 percent, down slightly from April’s 2.8 percent rate. Job growth was widespread with the fastest growth found in Professional and Business Services, up 33,600 jobs or 7.0 percent, Construction, up 11,400 jobs or 5.2 percent, and Manufacturing, up 8,500 jobs or 3.9 percent. Several other industry sectors were expanding at a pace above two percent including Wholesale Trade, up 3,500 jobs or 2.1 percent, Retail Trade, up 7,500 jobs 2.4 percent, and Financial Activities, up 4,300 jobs or 2.7 percent. Educational & Health Services, historically an industry sector that maintains above average growth even during economic downturns, has seen job growth fall to historic lows in recent months according to records dating back to 1991. Information was the only super sector reporting a loss, down 900 jobs or 2.8 percent.

 
 

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Professional and Business Services added 4,800 jobs in May and 33,600 jobs over the year, up 7.0%.

  1. Employment Services, where staffing agencies are found, added 900 in May and 16,200 jobs over the year, up 20.0%.
  2. Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services, added 1,500 jobs over the year. 
  3. Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,100 jobs over the year.
  4. Services to Buildings and Dwellings added 2,800 jobs in May and 3,600 jobs over the year, up 7.2%.
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Construction added 900 jobs in May with payrolls up 11,400 jobs or 5.2% over the year. Most of the hiring has been in Construction of Buildings, where a substantial amount of Hurricane Harvey repair is under way, with payrolls up 9,900 jobs or 17.4% over the year.

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Durable Goods Manufacturing added 9,000 jobs over the year, up 6.6%.

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Wholesale Trade added 3,500 jobs over the year, up 2.1%.

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Retail Trade added 7,500 jobs over the year, up 2.4%. Strongest hiring has been at Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers, up 1,700 jobs or 7.6%. Department Stores have seen payrolls decline 900 jobs or 4.7% over the year.

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Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities added 2,700 jobs over the year, up 1.9%.

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Leisure and Hospitality added 1,700 jobs in May with payrolls up 4,100 jobs or 1.3% over the year.

    1. Food Services and Drinking Places added 3,700 jobs over the year, up 1.4%.
    2. Accommodation added 700 jobs over the year, up 2.6%.

     

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    Real Estate and Rental and Leasing added 900 jobs in May and 4,500 jobs over the year, up 7.8%.

     

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    Educational Services added 700 jobs over the year, up 1.2%

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    Ambulatory Health Care Services, where most health care related businesses outside of hospitals are found, added 2,900 jobs over the year, up 1.9%.

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    Support Activities for Mining added 500 jobs in May with payrolls up 2,400 jobs or 6.2% over the year.   

     

    The thirteen-county region's rate of unemployment fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2% in May.      

     
     

    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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