Houston Leads Texas Again in Year-over-Year Job Creation

For the second month in a row, the Greater Houston area led all other Texas metro areas in twelve-month job creation. That’s according to data just released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Houston metro area added 82,300 net new jobs in the twelve months ending March 2012, a 3.2% annual increase. Dallas-Fort Worth ranked second in job creation over the same time frame, while Austin ranked third.

The biggest increases in jobs added came in health care and food services, while the biggest percentage gains came in employment services. Oil and gas services and manufacturing also saw strong improvement.  The steepest job losses came in air transportation, reflecting the merger of United and Continental Airlines.

Houston’s job growth would have been even stronger if not for weakness in the public sector. The region’s private sector created 90,000 jobs, while its public sector shed nearly 8,000.

 

Changes in Nonfarm Payroll Employment – Selected Sectors – Houston MSA
For the 12 Months Ending March ’12

Total Nonfarm 82,300 3.2%
Total Private 90,000 4.2%
Goods Producing 17,400 3.7%

Mining and Logging

9,900 11.7%

Oil and Gas Extraction

4,200 8.9%

Support Activities for Mining

3,900 10.8%
Construction -2,400 -1.4%

Construction of Buildings

1,200 2.6%

Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction

2,000 5.2%

Specialty Trade Contractors

-5,600 -6.7%
Manufacturing 9,900 4.5%  

Durable Goods

9,800 6.7%

Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

5,000 10.5%

Machinery Manufacturing

4,500 9.9%

Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing

2,700 8.0%

Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing

500 2.6%

Non-Durable Goods

100 0.1%

Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing

-100 -0.8%

Chemical Manufacturing

500 1.5%
Service Providing 64,900 3.1%
Private Service Providing 72,600 4.3%

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities

14,300 2.8%
Wholesale Trade 5,100 3.8%

Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods

4,000 5.2%

Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods

600 1.6%
Retail Trade 10,200 3.9%

Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers

800 2.5%

Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers

-400 -2.1%

Food and Beverage Stores

700 1.3%

Health and Personal Care Stores

400 2.4%

Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores

1,300

4.6%

General Merchandise Stores

600

1.0%

Department Stores

-200

-0.9%

Other General Merchandise Stores

800

2.3%

Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities -1,000 -0.8%
Utilities 700 4.4%

Air Transportation

-3,300 -14.3%

Truck Transportation

1,000 4.7%

Pipeline Transportation

300 2.9%
Information -300 -0.9%
Telecommunications -400 -2.5%
Financial Activities 200 0.1%

Finance and Insurance

500 0.6%

Credit Intermediation and Related Activities

0 0.0%

Depository Credit Intermediation

300 1.0%

Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities

500 3.9%

Insurance Carriers and Related Activities

0 0.0%

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

-300 -0.6%
Professional and Business Services 16,200 4.4%

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

8,100 4.5%

Legal Services

300 1.3%

Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services

-1,100 -5.4%

Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

3,500 5.9%

Computer Systems Design and Related Services

1,600 6.6%

Management of Companies and Enterprises

700 3.4%

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

7,400 4.4%

Administrative and Support Services

5,400 3.4%

Employment Services

10,600 18.0%

Services to Buildings and Dwellings

1,000

 

2.6%

 

Educational and Health Services 23,200 7.5%

Educational Services

1,600 3.7%

Health Care and Social Assistance

21,600 8.1%

Ambulatory Health Care Services

15,600 12.6%

Hospitals

3,500 4.8%
Leisure and Hospitality 14,100 6.1%

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

900 3.7%

Accommodation and Food Services

13,200 6.3%

Accommodation

1,100 5.6%

Food Services and Drinking Places

12,100 6.4%
Other Services 4,900 5.4%
Government -7,700 -2.0%

Federal Government

-500 -1.8%

State Government

-700 -1.0%

State Government Educational Services

-1,000 -2.5%

Local Government

-6,500 -2.3%

Local Government Educational Services

-3,900 -2.0%

Source: Texas Workforce Commission

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Andrew Schneider

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