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The Labor Market Information we provide focuses on the thirteen counties within the Gulf Coast Workforce Board region. This data is produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and distributed by the Texas Workforce Commission. Through industry employment and wage data, businesses can review to see how their industries are performing in the economy. Is your business shrinking while others are growing? 

Through occupational wage data, businesses can review to see if their wages are too low, which could cause higher than average turnover for the occupation.  Through analysis of local economic and employment data can help uncover key insight to drive your business and inform your recruiting strategy.  We provide this information free of charge and can work with you one-on-one to determine how to use data and identify and capitalize on opportunities for your business.

Employment Data

May employment data for the local area was released on June 19th.

May 2020 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted) The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land fell slightly to 13.9 percent in May, down from 14.3 percent in April. The drop in the unemployment rate was unexpected but mirrored the trend at the national level. The drop in the unemployment rate comes as many businesses begin to slowly reopen. More than half of the 248,000 individuals leaving the labor force in April returned in May but the number of unemployed remained extremely high at 463,133. The Houston MSA's 13.9 percent unemployment rate was higher than the state and national rates as it deals with a severe downturn in energy and its many related industry sectors.

U. S. - 13.0%
Texas - 12.7%
Gulf Coast Region - 13.9%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 13.9%

Other Local Rates

May Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - Down 228,100 (7.2%)

Detailed Information

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA recovered 73,800 in May of some 332,200 jobs that were lost in April as businesses began to slowly reopen. The 2.6 percent increase was even stronger than the nation's 2.2 percent. The main drivers of May's increase were in Food Services and Drinking Places (restaurants and bars), Health Care and Social Assistance, Retail Trade, and Construction. Much of the increase came with the expiration of many mandated business closures at the end of April. Businesses with ties to the energy sector as well as air transportation continued to show weakness.

Largest May increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 39,800 jobs
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, up 2,400 jobs
    • Food Services and Drinking Places, up 38,100 jobs
  • Health Care and Social Assistance, up 24,500 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 11,300 jobs
  • Construction, up 8,100 jobs Largest May declines were in:

Mining and Logging, down 6,400 jobs

  • Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, down 700 jobs
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services, down 3,400 jobs
  • Air Transportation, down 1,000 jobs

Over-the-year declines in the H-W-S MSA remained deep but improved from April's 9.1 percent to 7.2 percent representing a loss of 228,100 jobs. Most industry sectors were reporting losses.

Largest declines were found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, down 86,600 jobs
    • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, down 17,600 jobs
    • Accommodation, down 10,100 jobs
    • Food Services and Drinking Places, down 58,900 jobs
  • Other Services, down 26,100 jobs
  • Mining, down 20,500 jobs
  • Manufacturing, down 18,400 jobs
  • Construction, down 15,500 jobs
  • Retail Trade, down 15,300 jobs
  • Employment Services, down 16,600 jobs

If you have any questions please contact one of our Business Consultants at your nearest career office, or email For information on other areas in the state visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or Texas Workforce Commission.

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For Labor Market Information, contact Ron Borski at:
     Workforce Solutions - Ron Borski
     3555 Timmons, Suite 120
     Houston, TX 77027
     832-681-2535 (Voice)
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