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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 2019 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. – 3.3%
Texas – 3.0%
Gulf Coast Region – 3.2%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 3.2%

Other Local Rates

April Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 86,200 (2.8%)

Detailed Information

April 2019 employment data was released on May 17, 2019 for the Gulf Coast region.

Employers in the H-W-S MSA reported an increase of 17,500 jobs in April.  The 0.6 percent increase was twice as strong as the historical average increase of 0.3 percent. Many industry-sectors managed increases with largest gains found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 7,600 jobs or 2.3 percent
  • Professional and Business Services, up 4,600 jobs or 1.0 percent
  • Educational and Health Services, up 4,200 jobs or 1.0 percent
  • Construction, up 3,000 jobs or 1.4 percent

April declines were found in:

  • Manufacturing, down 1,200 jobs or 0.5 percent
  • Wholesale Trade, down 1,600 jobs or 0.9 percent
  • Government, down 1,000 jobs or 0.2 percent

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 86,200 jobs over the year. The pace of job growth in the MSA rose one-half of a percentage point to 2.8 percent, one percentage point faster than the nation’s 1.8 percent. Job gains were widespread:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 22,300 jobs or 4.6 percent
    • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services added 6,400 jobs
    • Administrative and Support Services added 6,700 jobs
    • Computer Systems Design and Related Services added 1,800 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 14,900 jobs or 6.6 percent
    • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing added 6,300 jobs
    • Machinery Manufacturing added 4,300 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 14,500 jobs or 3.7 percent
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 8,300 jobs or 2.6 percent
  • Other Services, up 5,500 jobs or 4.9 percent
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 4,400 jobs or 3.0 percent
  • Mining and Logging, up 4,700 jobs or 6.1 percent
  • Construction, up 4,500 jobs or 2.0 percent

The only year-over-year declines were in:

  • Retail Trade, down 3,400 jobs or 1.1 percent
  • Information, down 800 jobs or 2.5 percent

The rate of unemployment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA) fell one-half of a percentage point to an all-time low of 3.2 percent in April according to records dating back to 1990.

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:
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     3555 Timmons, Suite 120
     Houston, TX 77027
     832-681-2535 (Voice)
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