Who is hiring? Here's a report we got from BLS that offers insight for Greater Houston and the state:
The Southwest Information Office of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released the January 2023 report on industry employment in the 12 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, with special emphasis on Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land. Annual job gains occurred in all 12 areas, including Dallas and Houston, where employment increased 234,100 and 152,900, respectively, during the year ending in January. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Michael Hirniak noted the following points regarding the Houston economy:
- Trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest gain, up 28,400. The wholesale trade sector accounted for 9,900 jobs gained. The 4.3% rate of job gain compared to the 1.8% gain on a national level. (See chart 2.)
- Professional and business services added 27,500 jobs, with the professional, scientific, and technical services sector contributing most to the rise (+21,700). The rate of job increase in the local area was 5.4% compared to the 3.2% gain nationally.
- Education and health services added 20,500 jobs. The healthcare and social assistance sector in the metropolitan area gained 16,300 jobs. The rate of job increase was 5.0%, which compared to the 4.5% gain nationally.
- Three supersectors for the metropolitan area saw significant gains, with over-the-year job gains ranging from 18,200 in leisure and hospitality to 10,300 in financial activities.