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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

May 2022 employment data for the local area was released on June 17th.

May Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA rose two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.3 percent in May. May is a month that the rate of unemployment can go either way. Like most prior years when the rate of unemployment increases in May, it was driven by people entering the labor force.

U. S. - 3.4%
Texas - 3.8%
Gulf Coast Region - 4.3%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 4.3%

Other Local Rates

May Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - Up 185,500 (6.1%)

Detailed Information

The H-W-S MSA added 31,000 jobs in May, up 1.0 percent. This was the largest May increase ever other than in 2020 during early stages of recovery from the pandemic.

Largest May increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 13,100 jobs
  • Construction, up 9,200 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services, up 7,500 jobs

May declines were in:

  • Mining and Logging, down 1,500 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, down 1,500 jobs
  • Local Government, down 1,000 jobs

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were up 185,500 jobs over the year in May with the pace of growth at 6.1 percent. All industry super sectors were reporting over-the-year increases

Largest gains were found in:

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, up 42,700 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 36,100 jobs
  • Construction, up 23,800
  • Education and Health Services, up 22,800 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services, up 21,100 job

If you have any questions please contact one of our Business Consultants at your nearest career office, or email Ron.Borski@wrksolutions.com. 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)
     ron.borski@wrksolutions.com

 


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