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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

July employment data for the local area was released on August 21st  

August 2020 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land fell nearly one and one-half of a percentage point to 8.1 percent in August to a level that was below the peak rate of 8.7 percent during The Great Recession for the first time since the pandemic began. The local rate of unemployment was slightly lower than the nation’s 8.2 percent rate and more than one percentage point higher than the state’s 7.0 percent rate. Unemployment rates across all counties in the region also experienced declines in August.     

U. S. – 8.5%
Texas – 7.0%
Gulf Coast Region – 8.1%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 8.1%

Other Local Rates

August Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – Down 182,800 (5.8%)

Detailed Information

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were up 5,300 jobs (0.2 percent) in August. The increase was driven by gains in several industry sectors that continued to recover jobs lost during the pandemic. Several industry sectors continued to suffer losses due to severe declines in demand resulting from the pandemic offsetting overall August gains.

Largest August increases were in:

  • Other Services, up 4,500 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services, up 4,000 jobs
    • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, up 2,100 jobs
    • Employment Services, up 1,100 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 3,400 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, up 1,000 jobs

Largest August declines were in:

  • Educational and Health Services, down 4,500 jobs
  • Construction, down 1,600 jobs
  • Manufacturing, down 1,500 jobs
  • Mining and Logging, down 700 jobs

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were down 182,800 jobs over the year in August with the pace of losses virtually unchanged at 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in July. All industry super sectors were reporting losses.

Largest over-the-year declines were found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, down 58,300 jobs
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, down 13,000 jobs
  • Accommodation, down 7,800 jobs
  • Food Services and Drinking Places, down 37,500 jobs
  • Manufacturing, down 23,000 jobs
  • Construction, down 22,800 jobs
  • Mining, down 19,900 jobs
  • Educational and Health Services, down 11,800 jobs
  • Other Services, down 11,300 jobs
  • Employment Services, down 11,100 job

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.

Labor Market Information

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) Profiles: Economic Profiles

For Labor Market Information, contact Ron Borski at:
     Workforce Solutions - Ron Borski
     3555 Timmons, Suite 120
     Houston, TX 77027
     832-681-2535 (Voice)
     832-681-2500 (Fax)

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