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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

December 2019 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area (H-W-S MSA) was unchanged at 3.6 percent, the lowest rate ever for December since records began in 1990. U. S. - 3.4%
Texas - 3.3%
Gulf Coast Region - 3.6%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 3.6%

Other Local Rates

December Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 88,000 (2.8%)

Detailed Information

December 2019 employment data for the Gulf Coast region was released on January 24, 2020.

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 2,500 jobs to payrolls in December.

Largest December gains were in:

  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 3,300 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 2,400 jobs
  • Other Services, up 1,400 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, up 1,300 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 1,100 jobs

Largest declines were found in:

  • Employment Services, down 2,300 jobs
  • Healthcare and Social Assistance, down 1,600 jobs
  • Services to Buildings and Dwellings, down 900 jobs
  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services, down 600 jobs

Employers in the H-W-S MSA added 88,000 jobs over the year. The pace of job growth in the MSA was 2.8 percent, twice as fast as the nation's 1.4 percent.

Job gains were widespread. Largest gains were in:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 26,300 jobs
    • Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, up 24,000 jobs
    • Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, up 2,900 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 10,300 jobs
    • Educational Services, up 1,800 jobs
    • Health Care and Social Assistance, up 8,500 jobs
  • Other Services, up 9,700 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 7,300 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 6,700 jobs
    • Machinery Manufacturing added 3,100 jobs
    • Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing added 2,000 jobs

The only substantial year-over-year declines were in:

  • Construction of Buildings, down 3,100 jobs
  • Support Activities for Mining, down 1,600 jobs
  • Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods, down 1,200 jobs
  • Information, down 1,900 jobs
  • Employment Services, a sub sector of Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, down 1,600 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)
     832-681-2500 (Fax)

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