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Local Employment Statistics

Welcome to the Workforce Solutions Local Stats, your best source for the latest developments in the Gulf Coast region’s labor market.

The reports below provide a local analysis of the Current Employment Statistics (CES) and Local Area Unemployment Statististics (LAUS) as produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and distributed by the Texas Workforce Commission.  The Gulf Coast Workforce Board 13-county service area includes Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties. Each monthly report reflects the prior month's data.

  • The Houston-Galveston region experienced moderate job gains in August, mainly drivend by retail, personal care services and temporary staffing agencies.
  • The region's unemployment rate fell from 9.5% in July to 8.1% August 2020.


Monthly Jobs Reports

August 2020 Full Report Press Release Summary
July 2020 Full Report Press Release Summary
June 2020 Full Report Press Release Summary
May 2020 Full Report Press Release Summary
April 2020 Full Report Press Release Summary
March 2020 Full Report
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COVID-19 Labor Market Information

Houston-Galveston Regional Report

Initial unemployment claims remain low compared to April high, ranging from 13,000 to 16,000 each week.  Continuing continue claims remain elevated bud did drop nearly 46,000 compared to July, marking the first significant drop since the initial disruption from COVID-19. 

The linked report includes unemployment claims and other labor market data for the region and some local geographies as available.  This report reflects the most recently available data. Updated 9/18/2020. 


Unemployment Insurance Claims: Education, Occupation, Industry, and Age

This presentation contains observations on the unemployment claims data based on claimant education, occupation, industry, and age. Presented to the Gulf Coast Workforce Board on August 4, 2020.


Unemployment Insurance Claims Dashboard - Gulf Coast Region

The linked dashboard contains detailed data and mapping regarding unemployment insurance claims in the Gulf Coast region. Under the summary tab, users will find high-level data such as the raw number of unemployment insurance claims and the gender breakdown of those claims by county and zip code for the latest month of available data. Under the remaining tabs, users will find detailed data such as raw number of unemployment insurance claims along with race, gender, and educational attainment information associated with those claims. This data and mapping is for the latest week available and includes the following geographical breakdowns: counties, zip codes, school districts, Houston city council districts, county commissioner precincts, state house/senate districts, and U.S. congressional districts.  The data displayed is the best available but is initial and subject to revision in the weeks and months to come.

Impact of COVID-19 on Labor Market (as of June 25)

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Thought Leadership

Labor Market Insight

Workforce Solutions analyzes local and regional labor market data to provide employers with the real-time, in-depth knowledge they need to make the right decisions for their workforce.


Contact Info

Parker Harvey, Principal Economist

Ron Borski, Senior Analyst


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