Houston’s employment sector is large and diverse, with over 3.1 million non-farm payroll jobs reported in January 2018. Houston added 73,300 jobs in 2018, above the historical average growth of 50,000 to 60,000 jobs. Looking forward, Houston’s short-term job market is expected to see above normal growth, as the Greater Houston Partnership has forecast 71,000 jobs for 2019.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Houston’s industry sectors that posted annual gains of jobs in 2018 include construction, oil and gas, manufacturing, wholesale trade, financial activities, professional and business services, transportation, healthcare and social assistance, government, arts/entertainment/recreation, accommodation and food services, and other services. Industry sectors that registered annual job losses during the same time period include retail trade and information.
Houston ranked as the "Top Metros Where Young Adults are Moving" January 2019 by The Brookings institute
This Houston Employment Sector overview is part of the annual 2019 Houston Economic Outlook.
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