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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Job Growth

There were 2,977,900 jobs in Houston, Texas in August 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,211,104 employed persons for the month. Houston added 11,000 jobs in August 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 155,323 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Houston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,977,900 +11,000 -183,500
CPS 3,211,104 +155,323 -94,310

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 February 2020 at 3,220,600. Since then 242,700 jobs have been lost in Houston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,855,400 in April 2020, Houston has gained 122,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,332,796 for Houston in December 2019. 121,692 jobs have been lost in Houston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,711,966, Houston has added 499,138 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2020

Houston, Texas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2020 2,977,900 11,000 3,211,104 155,323
July 2020 2,966,900 1,600 3,055,781 7,278
June 2020 2,965,300 41,000 3,048,503 198,466
May 2020 2,924,300 68,900 2,850,037 138,071
April 2020 2,855,400 -337,200 2,711,966 -509,592
March 2020 3,192,600 -28,000 3,221,558 -110,750
February 2020 3,220,600 20,100 3,332,308 6,622
January 2020 3,200,500 12,000 3,325,686 -7,110
December 2019 3,188,500 8,500 3,332,796 5,033
November 2019 3,180,000 11,100 3,327,763 6,463
October 2019 3,168,900 1,200 3,321,300 7,530
September 2019 3,167,700 6,300 3,313,770 8,356