Houston Area Employment Beats National Average

Houston Area Employment Beats National Average

Houston area employment (Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land Metropolitan Statistical Area) stood at 2,971,200 in March 2015.  Employment rose by 82,500 from March 2014 to March 2015.

“Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that the Houston metropolitan area has had over-the-year employment increases in each month since July 2010. (See chart 1 above and table 1 below; the Technical Note at the end of this release contains metropolitan area definitions. All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, U.S. and Houston metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry Mar.

2014

Jan.

2015

Feb.

2015

Mar.

2015(p)

Change from Mar.

2014 to Mar. 2015

Number Percent

Total nonfarm

137,214 138,671 139,503 140,326 3,112 2.3

Mining and logging

868 893 878 870 2 0.2

Construction

5,746 5,920 5,929 6,025 279 4.9

Manufacturing

12,061 12,212 12,228 12,256 195 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

25,852 26,546 26,349 26,451 599 2.3

Information

2,719 2,739 2,770 2,777 58 2.1

Financial activities

7,889 8,016 8,024 8,040 151 1.9

Professional and business services

18,685 19,124 19,230 19,344 659 3.5

Education and health services

21,465 21,629 21,917 22,011 546 2.5

Leisure and hospitality

14,181 14,271 14,417 14,664 483 3.4

Other services

5,523 5,549 5,573 5,597 74 1.3

Government

22,225 21,772 22,188 22,291 66 0.3

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

2,888.7 2,945.6 2,965.7 2,971.2 82.5 2.9

Mining and logging

107.5 113.5 113.7 113.0 5.5 5.1

Construction

198.3 204.9 206.1 206.9 8.6 4.3

Manufacturing

252.4 255.7 254.8 254.7 2.3 0.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

585.8 602.8 602.1 601.7 15.9 2.7

Information

33.1 32.7 33.2 33.2 0.1 0.3

Financial activities

145.8 147.3 148.0 148.8 3.0 2.1

Professional and business services

455.4 465.5 466.2 466.1 10.7 2.3

Education and health services

345.6 357.6 361.5 362.1 16.5 4.8

Leisure and hospitality

282.2 285.8 290.4 295.1 12.9 4.6

Other services

103.1 103.6 103.6 103.4 0.3 0.3

Government

379.5 376.2 386.1 386.2 6.7 1.8

(p) preliminary

Source: Houston Area Employment — March 2015 : Southwest Information Office : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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