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Greater Houston Partnership: Region To Add 21,900 Jobs In 2016

The group expects job gains in health care, construction, and other sectors to offset layoffs in energy and manufacturing.

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The Greater Houston Partnership is forecasting the Houston metro area will add 21,900 jobs in 2016. That's down from the 30,000 it now estimates the region will add over the whole of this year. The group unveiled its annual jobs forecast at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency hotel downtown, just as the price of crude oil sank to a six-year low.

"This is in no way is going to look at all like the ‘80s," says Patrick Jankowski, the Partnership's senior vice president of research, "and hopefully this is the last time I ever have to say that to anybody."

Jankowski said the region would see further layoffs in energy and manufacturing, wholesale trade and real estate. But he pointed to other sectors that would remain strong and would continue to add jobs.

"You know, the airports are still going to handle over 50 million passengers," he said. "The Medical Center is still going to treat 7 million patients. We're still going to supply the nation with a fourth of its refining capacity and 40 percent of its base petrochemicals."

Jankowski said the Houston area should expect significant numbers of fresh white collar layoffs in 2016. But he says the region has probably made it through the worst of the blue collar layoffs for this downturn.

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