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Economic & Employment Data

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

June employment data for the local area was released on July 16th.

July 2021 Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA fell six-tenths of a percentage point to 6.8 percent in July. The local rate of unemployment was higher than the state and national level rates which also fell in July.

U. S. - 5.7%
Texas - 6.0%
Gulf Coast Region - 6.8%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 6.8%

Other Local Rates

July Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - Up 136,400 (4.7%)

Detailed Information

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were down 7,100 jobs or 0.2 percent in July. A decline is expected in July as educational institutions reduce payrolls for the summer.

Largest increases were in:

  • Professional and Business Services, up 7,500 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 3,700 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 2,600 jobs
  • Other Services, up 1,600 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 1,500 jobs

Declines were found in:

  • Government, down 18,600 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, down 5,200 jobs
  • Construction, down 2,000 jobs
  • Mining, down 500 jobs

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were up 136,400 jobs or 4.7 percent over the year in July. Most industry sectors were reporting gains.

Largest over-the-year gains were found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 63,500 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services, up 19,900 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 15,500 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 12,500 jobs
  • Other Services, up 12,300 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 10,500 jobs

The only declines were in:

  • Construction, down 7,000 jobs
  • Manufacturing, down 1,700 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.

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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