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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

October Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. - 4.4%
Texas - 4.2%
Gulf Coast Region - 4.9%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA1 - 4.9%
Other Local Rates
November Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 16,100

Detailed Information WEEK OF JANUARY 23RD

November 2016 employment data was released on December 16, 2016 for the Gulf Coast region.

Total nonagricultural employment in the H-W-S MSA reported a weak November increase adding 5,700 jobs. A loss of 6,300 jobs in Construction was primarily responsible for the weak increase. The H-W-S MSA added 16,100 jobs over the year representing an increase of 0.5 percent. Job gains continue to be positive in industry sectors that serve the H-W-S MSA's growing population. The largest numbers of new jobs created have been in industry sectors such as Leisure & Hospitality, Educational & Health Services, Retail Trade, and Government. Sectors with ties to oil and gas exploration & production such as Mining & Logging, Manufacturing, and Professional and Business Services continue to report over-the-year declines but conditions have been improving. Losses in Construction accelerated in November driven by November's steep decline.

The thirteen county region's unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.9% in November, two-tenths of a percentage point higher from one year earlier.

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA and includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.

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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