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

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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