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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Job Growth

There were 3,015,600 jobs in Houston, Texas in December 2016 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,132,544 employed persons for the month. Houston lost 2,300 jobs in December 2016 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,425 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Houston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,015,600 -2,300 +14,400
CPS 3,132,544 -2,425 +25,000

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Houston, Texas Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Houston as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Houston, Texas

CES employment for Houston peaked in November 2016 at 3,017,900. Since then 2,300 jobs have been lost in Houston according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,134,969 for Houston in November 2016. 2,425 jobs have been lost in Houston since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through December 2016

Houston, Texas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
December 2016 3,015,600 -2,300 3,132,544 -2,425
November 2016 3,017,900 5,100 3,134,969 6,788
October 2016 3,012,800 7,800 3,128,181 -1,879
September 2016 3,005,000 3,700 3,130,060 3,571
August 2016 3,001,300 5,100 3,126,489 8,321
July 2016 2,996,200 3,300 3,118,168 7,525
June 2016 2,992,900 3,300 3,110,643 4,895
May 2016 2,989,600 -7,300 3,105,748 -2,164
April 2016 2,996,900 3,400 3,107,912 -7,717
March 2016 2,993,500 -2,900 3,115,629 -2,900
February 2016 2,996,400 -5,900 3,118,529 7,668
January 2016 3,002,300 1,100 3,110,861 3,317