Regional Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (October 2020)

  • Represents 265,523 individuals looking for a new job
  • DOWN from 9.6% last month
  • UP from 3.6% from last year
  • HIGHER than the statewide rate of 6.7%
  • HIGHER than the national rate of 6.6%

Monthly Change

  • Employers in the Houston-Galveston region added 38,700 jobs in October 2020.
  • The primary drivers of this August’s growth were increases in Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Professional and Business Services, and Leisure and Hospitality.

Year-over-Year Change

  • Total non-farm employment DOWN 4.8%.


  • Seasonal employment remains relatively strong despite the pandemic
More local workforce economy statistics can be found at Workforce Solutions.

Updated: December 11, 2020