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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Job Growth

There were 2,875,200 jobs in Houston, Texas in April 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,724,469 employed persons for the month. Houston lost 317,400 jobs in April 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 497,089 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Houston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey April 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,875,200 -317,400 -265,900
CPS 2,724,469 -497,089 -556,908

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 345,400 jobs have been lost in Houston according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,332,796 for Houston in December 2019. 608,327 jobs have been lost in Houston since then according to the household survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through April 2020

Houston, Texas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
April 2020 2,875,200 -317,400 2,724,469 -497,089
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
August 2019 3,161,400 5,000 3,305,414 8,443
July 2019 3,156,400 6,200 3,296,971 7,130
June 2019 3,150,200 3,400 3,289,841 5,179
May 2019 3,146,800 5,700 3,284,662 3,285