The Texas Workforce Commission says Greater Houston accounted for one in every three new Texas jobs over the past twelve months. Mark Lavergne is a spokesman for the commission.
“The number of jobs added year-over-year for the Houston area is 97,700. That’s a 3.6% annual growth rate.”
Houston’s job growth rate squeaked in just behind Dallas-Fort Worth’s and just ahead of Austin’s. Statewide employment grew at an annual rate of 2.8%.
The commission revised its estimate of Houston employment for June downward by nearly 8,000 jobs — to a total of just under 2.8 million employed. Education, accommodation and food services, and financial activities saw some of the steepest downward revisions.
Houston’s unemployment rate registered 6.5% in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point from June. Texas as whole also registered 6.5%. The national rate was 7.4%.