Regional Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (December 2019)

  • Represents 126,011 individuals looking for a new job
  • UNCHANGED from 3.6% last month
  • DOWN from 3.9% from last year
  • HIGHER than the statewide rate of 3.3%
  • HIGHER than the national rate of 3.4%

Monthly Change

Employers in the Houston-Galveston region added 2,500 jobs in December 2019.

  • December historically shows an average monthly gain of 10,700 jobs
  • Gains in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; Other Services; and Leisure and Hospitality
  • Losses in Professional and Business Services, Mining and Logging, and Manufacturing reflect the current weakness in the oil and gas industry

Year-over-Year Change

Total Nonfarm employment was UP 2.8%

  • This represents an increase of 88,000 jobs from December 2018 to December 2019
  • Professional and Business Services leads year-over-year growth with an increase of 26,300 jobs
More local workforce economy statistics can be found at Workforce Solutions.

Updated: 2019-10-30