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Detailed Information for Health Care and Social Assistance, NAICS 62
Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA was up 79,200 jobs over the year with the pace of job growth at 2.6 percent in May, down slightly from April’s 2.8 percent rate. Job growth was widespread with the fastest growth found in Professional and Business Services, up 33,600 jobs or 7.0 percent, Construction, up 11,400 jobs or 5.2 percent, and Manufacturing, up 8,500 jobs or 3.9 percent. Several other industry sectors were expanding at a pace above two percent including Wholesale Trade, up 3,500 jobs or 2.1 percent, Retail Trade, up 7,500 jobs 2.4 percent, and Financial Activities, up 4,300 jobs or 2.7 percent. Information was the only super sector reporting a loss, down 900 jobs or 2.8 percent.
Health Care & Social Assistance received substantial revisions recently indicating job gains were much weaker over the second half of 2017. The pace of job growth made substantial improvement in April temporarily rising to 0.7 percent but has fallen back to 0.3 percent in May. The 0.3 percent year-over-year increase is well below the overall pace of job growth in the H-W-S MSA of 2.6 percent. Strongest job growth has been in Ambulatory Health Care Services, up 2,900 jobs or 1.9 percent. Payrolls at Hospitals were down 200 jobs or 0.2 percent over the year.
Monthly estimate data does not reveal the most detailed information, but it is the timeliest. Nevertheless, sub-sectors can be reviewed in more detail by using employers' payroll records. The payroll record data below is reported at the 13-county Gulf Coast region level.
There are four sub-sectors within Health Care and Social Assistance: Ambulatory Health Care Services; Hospitals; Nursing and Residential Care Facilities; and Social Assistance. All of the four sub-sectors posted gains over the year in early 2014. The majority of jobs as well as the highest paying jobs in the region are in Ambulatory Health Care Services and Hospitals.
Monthly data is not available at the thirteen county Gulf Coast Region level and is only provided for the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The MSA has nine counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller.
To review other detail data visit Texas Workforce Commission's TRACER located at www.tracer2.com click on Data Link for Quarterly Employment and Wages.