Houston Trails Dallas, Leads Austin For Year-Over-Year Job Gains

The latest state employment numbers show the Houston area added nearly 98,000 jobs between July 2012 and July 2013.


The Texas Workforce Commission says Greater Houston accounted for one in every three new Texas jobs over the past twelve months. Mark Lavergne is a spokesman for the commission.

“The number of jobs added year-over-year for the Houston area is 97,700. That’s a 3.6% annual growth rate.”

Houston’s job growth rate squeaked in just behind Dallas-Fort Worth’s and just ahead of Austin’s. Statewide employment grew at an annual rate of 2.8%.

The commission revised its estimate of Houston employment for June downward by nearly 8,000 jobs — to a total of just under 2.8 million employed. Education, accommodation and food services, and financial activities saw some of the steepest downward revisions.

Houston’s unemployment rate registered 6.5% in July, down two-tenths of a percentage point from June. Texas as whole also registered 6.5%. The national rate was 7.4%.


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