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Detailed Information for Health Care and Social Assistance, NAICS 62

Total Nonfarm Employment in the H-W-S MSA reported its largest October increase since records began in 1990, up 43,200 jobs. Historically, October averages an addition of 8,900 jobs indicating the current month's gains were roughly five times larger than typical. Hiring was above and beyond simple recovery from Hurricane Harvey with employers adding even more jobs. The primary drivers of October's growth were in Leisure and Hospitality, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, and Government. Manufacturing reported the most substantial October decline, down 2,800 jobs. The pace of job growth in the H-W-S MSA rebounded from 0.8 percent in September to 1.6 percent representing an increase of 48,100 jobs over the year. Gains were largely concentrated in Manufacturing, Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services, Leisure and Hospitality, and Government. Several industries were reporting losses with Construction suffering the largest declines as many petrochemical projects reach completion.

The pace of job growth in Health Care & Social Assistance rebounded September's 2.1 percent rate to 3.2 percent, up 110,600 jobs, as staff returned following Hurricane Harvey. The 3.2 percent pace of job growth is considerably higher than the overall pace of job growth in the H-W-S MSA of 1.6 percent.  

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.

 

Net Chg

1st Qtr

From

Average

NAICS

Industry

Jan 16

Jan 15

Wkly Wages

62

Health Care and Social Assistance

312,827

12,418

$891

621

Ambulatory Health Care Services

150,116

3,811

$938

6211

Offices of Physicians

48,489

-716

$1,508

6212

Offices of Dentists

16,921

638

$889

6213

Offices of Other Health Practitioners

12,383

658

$813

6214

Outpatient Care Centers

13,144

1,707

$1,208

6215

Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories

5,796

428

$994

6216

Home Health Care Services

48,921

1,066

$353

6219

Other Ambulatory Health Care Services

4,462

30

$825

622

Hospitals

85,269

4,380

$1,178

6221

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

76,872

4,189

$1,202

6222

Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Hospitals

3,342

-84

$874

6223

Other Hospitals

5,055

275

$1,020

623

Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

33,024

956

$576

6231

Nursing Care Facilities

16,799

-366

$648

6232

Residential Mental Health Facilities

4,545

61

$479

6233

Community Care Facility for the Elderly

10,676

1,127

$513

6239

Other Residential Care Facilities

1,004

134

$479

624

Social Assistance

44,418

3,271

$415

6241

Individual and Family Services

19,169

2,138

$435

6242

Emergency and Other Relief Services

1,956

44

$667

6243

Vocational Rehabilitation Services

2,854

419

$426

6244

Child Day Care Services

20,439

670

$371

Table 1 Health Care & Social Assistance - Employment and Industry Wages - Private Sector

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.

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