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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.  Through 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

November 2019 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA) rose one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.6 percent, the lowest rate ever for October since records began in 1990.

U. S. – 3.3%
Texas – 3.3%
Gulf Coast Region – 3.6%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 3.6%

Other Local Rates

November Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 85,500 (2.7%)

Detailed Information

November 2019 employment data was released on December 20, 2019 for the Gulf Coast region.

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 19,000 jobs to payrolls in November.

Largest November gains were in:

  • Retail Trade, up 8,700 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 4,200 jobs
  • Health Care and Social Assistance, up 3,300 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, up 3,100 jobs
  • Local Government Educational Services, up 3,500 jobs
  • Specialty Trade Contractors, up 2,100 jobs

Largest declines were found in:

  • Food Services and Drinking Places, down 2,600 jobs
  • Employment Services, down 2,000 jobs
  • Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction, down 1,900 jobs
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing, down 800 jobs
  • Construction of Buildings, down 700 jobs

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 85,500 jobs over the year. The pace of job growth in the MSA was 2.7 percent, nearly twice as fast as the nation’s 1.5 percent.

Job gains were widespread. Largest gains were in:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 26,400 jobs
    • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services added 6,600 jobs
    • Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,700 jobs
    • Administrative and Support Services, up 4,100 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 13,000 jobs
    • Education, up 1,900 jobs
    • Health Care and Social Assistance, up 11,100 jobs
  • Other Services, up 7,400 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 7,000 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 6,900 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 6,600 jobs
    • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing added 2,000 jobs
    • Machinery Manufacturing added 2,300 jobs
    • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing added 1,900 jobs
  • Mining and Logging, up 6,300 jobs
  • Specialty Trade Contractors, up 6,600 jobs

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

  • Construction of Buildings, down 4,800 jobs
  • Retail Trade, down 1,900 jobs
  • Information, down 1,300 jobs

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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     Houston, TX 77027
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