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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.
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.