“Generally the sectors that are creating the most demand are health care and health services.”
Woods & Poole senior economist Martin Holdrich.
“We would expect growth in hospitals, nursing homes, physical therapy. Even if the population wasn’t aging, we would expect that some in the Houston area, because Houston’s population itself is growing, and people consume proportionately more health care as the population grows.”
Woods & Poole forecasts Fort Bend County will lead the region in adding new jobs, averaging more than 3% growth per year through 2015. It projects the Houston metro area as a whole will grow about 1.5% per year, compared to a national average of just over 1%.