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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 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. - 4.5%
Texas - 4.7%
Gulf Coast Region - 5.3%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 5.3%
Other Local Rates

June Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 56,100 (1.9%)

Detailed Information WEEK OF AUGUST 21ST

June 2017 employment data was released on July 21, 2017 for the Gulf Coast region.

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA increased by 10,700 jobs in June. The pace of job growth was 1.9 percent with payrolls up 56,100 jobs over the year. Manufacturing was the strongest growing super sector with payrolls up 4.6 percent over the year followed by Professional and Business Services where payrolls were up 4.1 percent over the year. Most industry sectors that serve the H-W-S MSA's growing population continue to report over-the-year gains with strongest growth in Education & Health Services, Leisure & Hospitality, and Government. Retail Trade has been an exception were payrolls were down slightly over the year. Mining & Logging and Construction continued to report over-the-year losses, down 1.9 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.

The thirteen-county region's unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.3 percent, three-tenths of a percentage point lower than a year earlier.

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
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     Houston, TX 77027
     832-681-2535 (Voice)
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