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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Job Growth

There were 3,049,500 jobs in Houston, Texas in July 2017 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,153,618 employed persons for the month. Houston lost 6,500 jobs in July 2017 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 5,225 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Houston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,049,500 -6,500 +52,900
CPS 3,153,618 +5,225 +37,302

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 June 2017 at 3,056,000. Since then 6,500 jobs have been lost in Houston according to the employer survey.

CPS employment in July 2017 for Houston is at a new high of 3,153,618.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2017

Houston, Texas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2017 3,049,500 -6,500 3,153,618 5,225
June 2017 3,056,000 8,400 3,148,393 4,799
May 2017 3,047,600 3,900 3,143,594 -1,110
April 2017 3,043,700 13,100 3,144,704 12,659
March 2017 3,030,600 9,200 3,132,045 6,745
February 2017 3,021,400 3,600 3,125,300 4,685
January 2017 3,017,800 6,700 3,120,615 -2,956
December 2016 3,011,100 7,300 3,123,571 2,979
November 2016 3,003,800 3,400 3,120,592 2,145
October 2016 3,000,400 900 3,118,447 1,367
September 2016 2,999,500 5,200 3,117,080 446
August 2016 2,994,300 -2,300 3,116,634 318