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Houston energy industry companies may be putting the worst of the energy downturn behind them

Employment Sector Employers

Employment Sector

Houston’s employment sector is large and diverse, with over 3.0M non-farm payroll jobs reported in November 2017. In 2017, Houston only added an estimated 29,700 jobs, which is one-half of the historical average annual job growth. Looking forward, Houston’s short-term job market is expected to see lower than average growth. The Greater Houston Partnership has forecasted 45,500 jobs for 2018.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston’s industry sectors that posted annual losses of jobs between November 2016 and November 2017 include construction, information and wholesale trade. Industry sectors that registered annual job gains during the same time period include mining and logging, manufacturing, “nance and insurance, real estate and rental leasing, professional business services, educational services, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, other services and government. Job growth in mining and logging is a good indicator that Houston energy industry companies may be putting the worst of the energy downturn behind them.

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This Houston Employment Sector overview is part of the annual 2018 Houston Economic Outlook. For the full report click here

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