Job Growth in Montgomery, Ft. Bend Counties Among Fastest in Nation

Greater Houston showed some of the highest employment and wage growth in the country, according to a Labor Department report on the nation's 300 largest counties. But the report also shows smaller Texas counties posted growth well behind the curve.

Employment rose in 22 of the 23 largest counties in Texas from September 2010 to September 2011. Montgomery County’s 4.8% gain tied for second-fastest in the nation. Webb County in South Texas came in fifth, while Fort Bend ranked eighth.

map

 

Cheryl Abbot is regional economist for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas.

“Job growth has been leading the country for a very long time in the Houston metro area. So, it’s not at all surprising to see that two of the counties are in the top ten. And Harris County itself did extremely well. They might not have ranked quite as highly. But as far as the total job growth, you were up by 3.1% over the year.”

Nationwide, employment rose by 1.6% year-over-year.

Among the largest Texas counties, Harris registered the highest average weekly wage at over $1150. When all 254 counties in Texas were considered, though, all but 27 had wages below the national average of $916. The lowest-paid counties were generally located in the agricultural areas of central Texas and the Texas Panhandle, as well as along the Texas-Mexico border.

Bio photo of Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...