Houston Area Employment – September 2011
Total nonfarm employment in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown Metropolitan Statistical Area stood at 2,605,800 in September 2011, up 66,300 from one year ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. From September 2010 to September 2011, local nonfarm employment rose 2.6 percent compared to the national increase of 1.1 percent, and of the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown ranked first in the rate of over-the-year job growth. Dallas-Fort Worth Arlington ranked second at 2.5%.
Office Using Employment Leads Job Growth
Eight industry supersectors in the Houston metropolitan area added at least 1,000 jobs from September 2010 to September 2011, with seven growing at rates faster than the national average. The strength of the Houston office market can be traced back to the professional and business services sector which reported the largest over-the-year job gain, up 17,600, or 4.8 percent, from September 2010. This marked the 17th consecutive month of over-the-year job growth and the fastest rate of expansion for this local supersector since August 2007.