Houston Unemployment Drops To 6.3%

September brought a surge in job growth for the Houston area, as well as solid gains at the state level.

Greater Houston unemployment dropped to 6.3% percent in September, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. That’s down from 7% in August. Statewide, unemployment fell to 6.8%, down three-tenths of a point and a full point below the national average.

Nina Franco is managing director of Houston-based Ajihlon Professional Staffing. 

“We have parts of Texas, actually, that are as low as 3.3%, so in general, it’s real good news for us.”

Texas led the nation in non-farm job increases, adding a net 21,000 jobs in September compared to August. Seven of the eleven major industries in Texas expanded last month. Professional and business services saw the biggest increases, adding nearly 14,000 new jobs. The state also added nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs over the month, even as the US as a whole lost some 16,000.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined News 88.7 in January 2011. Since arriving in Houston, he has reported on the many changes wrought on the region’s economy by the revolution in domestic oil and gas production. His non-energy reporting runs the gamut from white-collar crime to cattle ranching. His work has aired on...

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