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Houston Accounts For 1-in-10 New Texas Jobs In August

Texas led the nation in month-to-month employment growth for August, adding 38,000 new jobs, according to the latest numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Labor Department.


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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.


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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.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

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Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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