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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

December Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

U. S. - 3.9%
Texas - 3.7%
Gulf Coast Region - 4.3%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 4.3%
Other Local Rates

December Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 46,000 (1.5%)

Detailed Information


December 2017 employment data was released on January 19, 2018 for the Gulf Coast region.

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA added 7,000 jobs in December, up 0.2 percent. The increase was weaker than in most years largely due to retail establishments doing the bulk of their seasonal hiring in October and November. The largest December increases were in Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Other Services, Construction, and Ambulatory Health Services.

The pace of job growth in the H-W-S MSA was 1.5 percent in December representing an increase of 46,000 jobs over the year, more than double a 0.6 percent pace a year earlier in December 2016. Gains were largely concentrated in Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services, Manufacturing, and Government. Construction, where over-the-year declines peaked at nearly 10,000 jobs in September 2017, has made exceptional improvement since Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts have started reporting a slight loss of only 800 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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For Labor Market Information, contact Ron Borski at:
     Workforce Solutions - Ron Borski
     3555 Timmons, Suite 120
     Houston, TX 77027
     832-681-2535 (Voice)
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