Houston Loses 17,000 Jobs

Houston lost 17-thousand jobs last month. That’s according to numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Despite the losses — the region’s unemployment rate held steady at eight point eight percent. Laurie Johnson reports.

Houston’s unemployment rate is better than the national average of 9.5 percent, but we’re still lagging behind the
rest of the state. The state average is holding steady at 8.2 percent. This is the Texas Workforce Commission’s Ann Hatchitt. 
“The Houston Metropolitan statistical area did see job losses of 17,000 jobs in the month of July. There’s a significant loss in government jobs. And the local numbers can be attributed to temporary support staff in the public education industry. So that would be custodians and cooks and those types of workers that are not working in the schools over the summer.”

But Hatchitt says because those people will be going back to work in the next week or two, most of the region’s job losses should be recovered. Across the state, the private sector added jobs. But the increase was offset by government job losses.

“The government job losses last month are again attributable to the census temporary workers that are winding down their work right now. So overall job growth in Texas was very good, with 4,600 jobs added and we’ve added every month for the last since months since the beginning of the year.”

Hatchitt says despite the private sector gains, there are still one million unemployed people in Texas.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF News.


Laurie Johnson

Laurie Johnson


Laurie is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Laurie has covered a wide variety of topics for HPM, including the crash of the Space Shuttle Columbia, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, and numerous elections. She is a frequent contributor to NPR and has been...

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