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Manufacturing

The Manufacturing industry consists of the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products.

Establishments in the Manufacturing industry are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment. However, establishments that transform materials or substances into new products by hand or in the worker's home and those engaged in selling to the general public products made on the same premises from which they are sold, such as bakeries, candy stores, and custom tailors, may also be included in this sector.

The Manufacturing industry subsectors in high-demand in the Houston-Galveston area are:

  • Petroleum & Cool Products Manufacturing
  • Basic Chemical Manufcaturing
  • Agriculture, Construction, & Mining Manufacturing
  • Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2014

 2024

 Manufacturing

 92,210

 86,830

 -5,380

 -5.8%

 

Petroleum & Cool Products Manufacturing

10,050

11,730

1,680

16.7%

$3,738

 Basic Chemical Manufacturing

 21,890

 26,270

 4,380

 20.0%

 $2,940

Agriculture, Construction, & Mining Manufacturing

42,680

33,860

-8,820

-20.7%

$2,365

Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

17,590

14,970

-2,620

-14.9%

$1,402

 


*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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