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The Labor Market Information we provide focuses on the thirteen counties within the Gulf Coast Workforce Board region. This data is produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and distributed by the Texas Workforce Commission. Through industry employment and wage data, businesses can review to see how their industries are performing in the economy. Is your business shrinking while others are growing? 

Through occupational wage data, businesses can review to see if their wages are too low, which could cause higher than average turnover for the occupation.  Thorough analysis of local economic and employment data can help uncover key insight to drive your business and inform your recruiting strategy.  We provide this information free of charge and can work with you one-on-one to determine how to use data and identify and capitalize on opportunities for your business.

Employment Data

June 2019 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. - 3.8%
Texas - 3.6%
Gulf Coast Region - 3.8%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 3.8%

Other Local Rates

June Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 82,900 (2.7%)

Detailed Information

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 same as the historical average increase of 0.5 percent.
Largest June gains were 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

The rate of unemployment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA) rose more than one-half of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in June. The increase in the rate of unemployment was expected as schools let out for summer vacation and students enter the workforce.    

If you have any questions please contact one of our Business Consultants at your nearest career office, or email For information on other areas in the state visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or Texas Workforce Commission.

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For Labor Market Information, contact Ron Borski at:
     Workforce Solutions - Ron Borski
     3555 Timmons, Suite 120
     Houston, TX 77027
     832-681-2535 (Voice)
     832-681-2500 (Fax)

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