Regional Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (September 2019)

  • Represents 124,714 individuals looking for a new job
  • DOWN from 3.9% last month
  • DOWN from 4.1% from last year
  • HIGHER than the statewide rate of 3.3%
  • HIGHER than the national rate of 3.3%

Monthly Change

Employers in the Houston-Galveston region added 6,400 jobs in September 2019.

  • September historically shows an average monthly gain of 6,000 jobs
  • Gains in Government and Construction
  • Losses in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Leisure and Hospitality; and Educational and Health Services

Year-over-Year Change

Total Nonfarm employment was UP 2.7%

  • This represents an increase of 82,800 jobs from September 2018 to September 2019
  • Professional and Business Services leads year-over-year growth with an increase of 26,300 jobs
  • Currently, 10 out of 11 sectors show year-over-year growth
More local workforce economy statistics can be found at Workforce Solutions.

Updated: 2019-10-30