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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

September 2022 employment data for the local area was released on October 21st.

September Unemployment Rates: Actual (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The rate of unemployment in The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA fell two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.6 percent in August.

U.S. – 3.3%
Texas – 3.8%
Gulf Coast Region – 4.2%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – 4.2%

Other Local Rates

September Over-the-Year Industry Job Count Change
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA – Up 188,400 (6.1%)

Detailed Information

The H-W-S MSA added 14,800 jobs in September.

Largest September increases were in:

  • Government, up 19,400 jobs
  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 4,800 jobs
  • Professional and Business Services, up 3,100 jobs

September declines were in:

  • Construction, down 3,000 jobs
  • Retail Trade, down 2,800 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, down 2,200 jobs
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, down 2,200 jobs

Payrolls in the H-W-S MSA were up 188,400 jobs or 6.1 percent over the year in September. All private industry super sectors were reporting over-the-year increases.

Largest gains were found in:

  • Leisure and Hospitality, up 43,400 jobs
  • Construction, up 29,100
  • Professional and Business Services, up 26,100 jobs
  • Education and Health Services, up 26,300 jobs
  • Manufacturing, up 14,300 jobs
  • Retail Trade, up 12,800 jobs
  • Wholesale Trade, up 12,000 jobs
  • Mining and Logging, up 9,000 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.

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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