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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
  • Agricultural & Structural Metals Manufacturing
  • Machine Shops, turned Product, & Screw, Nut, & Bolt Manufacturing
  • Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
  • Agriculture, Construction, & Mining Machinery

 Industry 

 Annual
 Employment

 Absolute Change

 Percent Change

 Average Weekly Wages

 2016

 2026

 Manufacturing

 96,521

 113,395

 16,874

 17.5%

 

Petroleum & Cool Products Manufacturing

10,014

9,550

-464

-4.6%

$3,563

 Basic Chemical Manufacturing

 22,868

 24,079

 1,211

 5.3%

 $3,228

Agricultural & Structural Metals Manufacturing

13,853

18,635

4,782

34.5%

$1,145

Machine Shops, Turned Product, & Screw, Nut, & Bolt Manufacturing

8,506

11,790

3,284

38.6%

$1,113

Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

11,990

14,970

2,980

24.9%

$1,410

Agriculture, Construction, & Mining Machinery

29,290

34,371

5,081

17.3%

$2,632

 


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

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