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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Job Growth

There were 3,063,000 jobs in Houston, Texas in August 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,208,733 employed persons for the month. Houston added 14,900 jobs in August 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 52,829 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Houston job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey August 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 3,063,000 +14,900 +138,400
CPS 3,208,733 +52,829 +58,773

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 3,199,900. Since then 136,900 jobs have been lost in Houston according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,828,500 in April 2020, Houston has gained 234,500 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 3,340,153 for Houston in February 2020. 131,420 jobs have been lost in Houston since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,809,151, Houston has added 399,582 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through August 2021

Houston, Texas Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
August 2021 3,063,000 14,900 3,208,733 52,829
July 2021 3,048,100 16,900 3,155,904 18,348
June 2021 3,031,200 6,100 3,137,556 15,513
May 2021 3,025,100 6,800 3,122,043 20,487
April 2021 3,018,300 10,600 3,101,556 16,162
March 2021 3,007,700 25,100 3,085,394 13,439
February 2021 2,982,600 4,100 3,071,955 -27,889
January 2021 2,978,500 4,500 3,099,844 -29,176
December 2020 2,974,000 10,600 3,129,020 8,090
November 2020 2,963,400 12,800 3,120,930 -35,442
October 2020 2,950,600 13,500 3,156,372 66,587
September 2020 2,937,100 12,500 3,089,785 -60,175