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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

March 2022 employment data for the local area was released on April 15th.

March Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA fell nine-tenths of a percentage point to 4.4 percent in March. The state rate and national rate also declined in March and continue to be lower than the local rate.

U. S. - 3.8%
Texas - 3.9%
Gulf Coast Region - 4.4%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - 4.4%

Other Local Rates

March Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA - Up 150,400 (5.0%)

Detailed Information

The H-W-S MSA experienced a reported an increase of only 1,700 jobs in March. March's 0.1 percent increase was much weaker than the historical average of 0.5 percent.

Largest March increases were in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 4,600 jobs
  • Construction, up 3,200 jobs
  • Mining and Logging, up 1,500 jobs
  • Other Services, up 1,400 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 1,100 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 900 jobs

March declines were in:

  • Professional and Business Services, down 9,300 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, down 1,200 jobs
  • Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, down 700 jobs

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were up 150,400 jobs over the year in March with the pace of growth at 5.0 percent. All industry super sectors were reporting over-the-year increases.

Largest gains were found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 36,600 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 22,700 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 19,800 jobs
  • Government, up 11,200 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services, up 10,800 jobs
  • Construction, up 9,300 jobs Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, up 8,300 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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