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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

April Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. - 3.7%
Texas - 3.8%
Gulf Coast Region - 4.2%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 4.2%
Other Local Rates

April Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 84,500 (2.8%)

Detailed Information

NEXT UPDATE: WEEK OF JUNE 18th            

April 2018 employment data was released on May 18, 2018 for the Gulf Coast region.

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA added 22,600 jobs in April. The 0.7 percent increase was the strongest for the month of April since 2011. Job gains were widespread with strongest hiring in Other Services, up 2,900 jobs or 2.7 percent, Manufacturing, up 5,300 jobs or 2.4 percent, and Leisure and Hospitality, up 6,900 jobs or 2.2 percent. Job gains were offset by slight declines in Information and Government, down 500 jobs each.

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA was up 84,500 jobs over the year with the pace of job growth rising more than one-half of a percentage point to 2.8 percent. Strongest job gains were in Professional and Business Services, up 29,800 jobs or 6.3 percent, Construction, up 12,200 jobs or 5.7 percent, and Manufacturing, up 10,100 jobs or 4.6 percent. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities was the second largest job-producing sector, up 14,300 jobs, at a more moderate 2.3 percent pace of job growth. Information was the only super sector to report a decline, down 1,500 jobs or 4.6 percent.

The rate of unemployment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA) fell four-tenths of a percentage point to 4.2 percent in April.

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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