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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

July Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. – 4.1%
Texas – 4.0%
Gulf Coast Region – 4.4%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 4.4%

Other Local Rates

July Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 101,800 (3.4%)

Detailed Information

July 2018 employment data was released on August 17, 2018 for the Gulf Coast region.

Employers in the H-W-S MSA cut payrolls by 18,500 jobs over the month. A decline is typical for the month of August due to seasonal losses in several industry sectors. Primary contributors to July’s decline were:

  • Local Government Educational Services, down 18,100 jobs or 8.8 percent
  • State Government Educational Services, down 1,900 jobs or 3.8 percent
  • Food Services and Drinking Services, down 6,500 jobs or 2.4 percent

Largest July job gains were found in:

  • Education and Health Services, up 2,900 jobs or 0.8 percent
  • Construction, up 2,500 jobs or 1.1 percent
  • Wholesale Trade, up 1,700 jobs or 1.0 percent

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 101,800 jobs over the year. The annual pace of job growth rose to its strongest pace since February 2015, up 3.4 percent. Primary contributors to over-the-year growth were:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 40,900 jobs or 8.5 percent
    • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services added 3,900 jobs
    • Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,800 jobs
    • Employment Services added 13,500 jobs
    • Services to Buildings and Dwellings added 3,900 jobs
  • Construction, up 25,500 jobs or 11.9 percent
    • Construction of Buildings added 15,200 jobs
    • Specialty Trade Contractors added 7,400 jobs
  • Trade, Transportation, & Utilities, up 15,300 jobs or 2.5 percent
    • Retail Trade added 8,000 jobs
    • Wholesale Trade added 5,000 jobs
    • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities added 2,300 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 6,500 jobs or 2.9 percent

Industry sectors are experiencing weaker than average or negative growth include:

  • Educational & Health Services, up 5,600 jobs or 1.5 percent, has seen the pace of job growth fall in recent months to levels much lower than a historical average of 3.1 percent
  • Other Services, up 500 jobs or 0.5 percent
  • Information, down 1,000 jobs or 3.1
  • Government, up 1,300 jobs or 0.3 percent, much lower than a historical average increase of 1.8 percent

The rate of unemployment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA) fell to 4.4 percent in July, slightly higher than the state’s 4.0 percent rate and nation’s 4.1 percent rate.

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)
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