Houston accounted for one in ten of the state’s new jobs in August. That represents an annual growth rate of 3.5% — slightly above the growth rate for Texas and nearly twice the national rate. Lisa Givens is spokeswoman for the Texas Workforce Commission.
“Houston has seen a consistent job growth. The unemployment rate in Houston, for example, has dipped in August from 7.5% to 7.0%, currently. So, that tells us that people are finding jobs in Houston.”
Six out of eleven industrial sectors in Houston added jobs in August. Among the leaders were construction and professional and business services, while manufacturing lost jobs.
Houston’s 7% unemployment rate was right in line with the state’s performance. Both came in a full percentage point below the national average.
Please note that the unemployment estimates for the United States and Texas in this chart are “Not Seasonally Adjusted” for purposes of comparison to the “Not Seasonally Adjusted” Metropolitan Statistical Area data. This graph is from the Texas Woekforce Commission.