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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

October employment data for the local area was released on November 19th   
November 2020 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA increased by more than a full percentage point to 8.9 percent in November. The local rate of unemployment was slightly higher than the state and national rates.

U. S. - 6.4%
Texas - 8.0%
Gulf Coast Region - 8.9%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 8.9%

Other Local Rates

November Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - Down 147,300 (4.6%)

Detailed Information

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were up 25,800 jobs (0.9 percent) in November. Job gains were found across most major industry sectors.

Largest November increases were in:

  • Retail Trade, up 9,300 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 6,000 jobs
  • Educational and Health Services, up 5,000 jobs
  • Government, up 5,400 jobs

The only substantial November decline was in:

  • Manufacturing, down 2,600 jobs

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were down 147,300 jobs over the year in November with the pace of losses at 4.6 percent, down from 4.8 percent in October. Most industry super sectors were reporting losses.

Largest over-the-year declines were found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, down 40,000 jobs
  • Manufacturing, down 23,900 jobs
  • Construction, down 22,500 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, down 17,100 jobs
  • Mining, down 15,000 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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