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22-1003-DAL
Wednesday, June 01, 2022

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Houston Area Employment — April 2022

Total nonfarm employment for the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, metropolitan area increased by 169,700 over the year in April, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1 and table 1.) Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the local rate of job gain, 5.6 percent, compared to the 4.6-percent national increase. (All data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year analysis is used throughout.)

  Industry employment

In Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, trade, transportation, and utilities had the largest employment gain (+41,500) among local private-industry supersectors. (See chart 2.) Within the supersector, employment increased by 20,200 in the retail trade sector and 10,900 in the wholesale trade sector. The 6.7-percent rate of job increase in Houston’s trade, transportation, and utilities supersector compared to the 4.5-percent gain nationwide.

 

Leisure and hospitality added 30,100 jobs from April 2021 to April 2022. Within this supersector, the accommodation and food services sector accounted for most of the increase (+25,700). The 10.0-percent rise in the metropolitan area’s leisure and hospitality supersector compared to the 14.1-percent gain on a national level.

In the metropolitan area, education and health services gained 25,300 jobs over the year. The healthcare and social assistance sector increased by 15,700 jobs, while the education services sector gained 9,600 jobs. The education and health services supersector’s 6.2-percent local rate of job growth compared to the 2.6-percent gain nationwide.

Employment in manufacturing rose by 9,300 over the year. The 4.4-percent rate of job increase in Houston’s manufacturing supersector compared to the 4.1-percent gain nationwide.

Mining and logging added 8,600 jobs over the year in the Houston area. This supersector’s 14.4-percent local rate of job growth compared to the 10.7-percent national gain.

Twelve largest metropolitan areas

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX, was 1 of the nation’s 12 largest metropolitan statistical areas in April 2022. All 12 areas gained jobs over the year. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA, had the largest increase (+483,900). Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, had the smallest increase (+82,800) among the largest areas. (See table 2 and chart 3.)

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX, had a 7.4-percent rate of job gain, followed by Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, with 6.7 percent. The rates of job gain in the remaining ten areas ranged from 6.0 percent in San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA, to 3.2 percent in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV.

The Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment release for May 2022 is scheduled to be released on June 29, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. (ET).


Technical Note

This release presents nonfarm payroll employment estimates from the CES program. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative endeavor between State employment security agencies and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Definitions. Employment data refer to persons on establishment payrolls who receive pay for any part of the pay period which includes the 12th of the month. Persons are counted at their place of work rather than at their place of residence; those appearing on more than one payroll are counted on each payroll. Industries are classified on the basis of their principal activity in accordance with the 2017 version of the North American Industry Classification System.

Method of estimation. CES State and Area employment data are produced using several estimation procedures. Where possible these data are produced using a "weighted link relative" estimation technique in which a ratio of current-month weighted employment to that of the previous-month weighted employment is computed from a sample of establishments reporting for both months. The estimates of employment for the current month are then obtained by multiplying these ratios by the previous month's employment estimates. The weighted link relative technique is utilized for data series where the sample size meets certain statistical criteria. For some employment series, the estimates are produced with a model that uses direct sample estimates (described above) combined with other regressors to decrease volatility in estimation.

Annual revisions. Employment estimates are adjusted annually to a complete count of jobs, called benchmarks, derived principally from tax reports which are submitted by employers who are covered under state unemployment insurance (UI) laws. The benchmark information is used to adjust the monthly estimates between the new benchmark and the preceding one and also to establish the level of employment for the new benchmark month. Thus, the benchmarking process establishes the level of employment, and the sample is used to measure the month-to-month changes in the level for the subsequent months. Information on recent benchmark revisions is available online at www.bls.gov/web/laus/bmrk_article.htm.

Reliability of the estimates. The estimates presented in this release are based on sample surveys, administrative data, and modeling and, thus, are subject to sampling and other types of errors. Sampling error is a measure of sampling variability—that is, variation that occurs by chance because a sample rather than the entire population is surveyed. Survey data also are subject to nonsampling errors, such as those which can be introduced into the data collection and processing operations. Estimates not directly derived from sample surveys are subject to additional errors resulting from the specific estimation processes used. The sums of individual items may not always equal totals shown in the same tables due to rounding.

Employment estimates. Changes in metropolitan area nonfarm payroll employment are cited in the analysis of this release only if they have been determined to be statistically significant at the 90-percent confidence level. Measures of sampling error for the total nonfarm employment series are available for metropolitan areas and metropolitan divisions at www.bls.gov/web/laus/790stderr.htm.

Area definitions. The substate area data published in this news release reflect the delineations issued by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget on April 10, 2018. The 12 metropolitan areas discussed in this release are the metropolitan areas with the largest population according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties.

Additional information

Employment data from the CES program are available on the BLS website at www.bls.gov/sae/.

Information in this release will be made available to individuals with sensory impairments upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

Table 1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector, United States and Houston metropolitan area, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area and Industry Apr.
2021
Feb.
2022
Mar.
2022
Apr.
2022(p)
Apr. 2021 to
Apr. 2022(p)
Net change Percent change

United States

Total nonfarm

144,358 149,143 149,912 150,983 6,625 4.6

Mining and logging

549 590 600 608 59 10.7

Construction

7,322 7,285 7,395 7,559 237 3.2

Manufacturing

12,178 12,580 12,632 12,679 501 4.1

Trade, transportation, and utilities

27,152 28,330 28,361 28,372 1,220 4.5

Information

2,782 2,901 2,929 2,945 163 5.9

Financial activities

8,706 8,845 8,855 8,900 194 2.2

Professional and business services

20,930 21,810 21,920 22,118 1,188 5.7

Education and health services

23,720 24,142 24,245 24,334 614 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

13,421 14,717 14,939 15,318 1,897 14.1

Other services

5,357 5,584 5,607 5,649 292 5.5

Government

22,241 22,359 22,429 22,501 260 1.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area

Total nonfarm

3,028.6 3,162.5 3,168.6 3,198.3 169.7 5.6

Mining and logging

59.8 65.3 67.2 68.4 8.6 14.4

Construction

209.5 215.3 218.8 222.5 13.0 6.2

Manufacturing

211.0 217.7 219.3 220.3 9.3 4.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

618.7 654.2 656.9 660.2 41.5 6.7

Information

28.5 31.5 31.5 31.6 3.1 10.9

Financial activities

167.3 170.9 171.3 172.5 5.2 3.1

Professional and business services

495.5 513.7 505.6 512.8 17.3 3.5

Education and health services

405.9 425.4 426.5 431.2 25.3 6.2

Leisure and hospitality

301.9 324.0 326.5 332.0 30.1 10.0

Other services

107.6 109.9 110.9 110.4 2.8 2.6

Government

422.9 434.6 434.1 436.4 13.5 3.2

(1) U.S. data are preliminary for two months after they are first published.
(p) preliminary

Table 2. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry supersector for the 12 largest metropolitan areas, not seasonally adjusted (numbers in thousands)
Area Apr
2021
Feb
2022
Mar
2022
Apr
2022(p)
Apr 2021 to
Apr 2022(p)
Net
change
Percent
change

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA

Total nonfarm

2,764.9 2,922.2 2,938.1 2,949.0 184.1 6.7

Mining and logging

1.8 1.9 1.9 1.9 0.1 5.6

Construction

129.7 130.3 131.3 130.7 1.0 0.8

Manufacturing

165.3 173.8 174.8 174.7 9.4 5.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

588.7 631.1 633.1 633.8 45.1 7.7

Information

105.5 115.2 117.8 119.9 14.4 13.6

Financial activities

182.5 192.0 191.4 191.6 9.1 5.0

Professional and business services

542.3 583.2 585.5 591.7 49.4 9.1

Education and health services

365.4 384.7 386.9 387.3 21.9 6.0

Leisure and hospitality

256.4 276.6 280.0 282.5 26.1 10.2

Other services

97.2 100.8 101.7 101.1 3.9 4.0

Government

330.1 332.6 333.7 333.8 3.7 1.1

Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH (NECTA)

Total nonfarm

2,642.2 2,715.4 2,733.9 2,774.3 132.1 5.0

Mining, logging, and construction

120.2 120.4 121.9 126.6 6.4 5.3

Manufacturing

177.4 181.0 182.1 184.4 7.0 3.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

393.2 404.4 405.3 406.6 13.4 3.4

Information

81.2 83.2 83.9 84.9 3.7 4.6

Financial activities

181.7 179.2 179.7 178.9 -2.8 -1.5

Professional and business services

511.7 526.4 530.6 544.4 32.7 6.4

Education and health services

585.6 597.2 603.2 602.6 17.0 2.9

Leisure and hospitality

196.5 221.7 225.4 241.6 45.1 23.0

Other services

88.9 93.8 93.9 95.0 6.1 6.9

Government

305.8 308.1 307.9 309.3 3.5 1.1

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI

Total nonfarm

4,457.6 4,582.9 4,611.5 4,647.5 189.9 4.3

Mining and logging

1.6 1.7 1.7 1.9 0.3 18.8

Construction

172.4 156.9 162.6 176.7 4.3 2.5

Manufacturing

399.6 404.6 407.1 409.7 10.1 2.5

Trade, transportation, and utilities

912.4 951.6 950.4 947.3 34.9 3.8

Information

72.6 77.2 77.4 78.0 5.4 7.4

Financial activities

313.8 313.9 316.7 314.2 0.4 0.1

Professional and business services

802.3 828.3 834.5 836.5 34.2 4.3

Education and health services

717.8 724.1 726.9 729.4 11.6 1.6

Leisure and hospitality

369.7 412.8 419.3 435.3 65.6 17.7

Other services

179.4 185.0 185.2 186.5 7.1 4.0

Government

516.0 526.8 529.7 532.0 16.0 3.1

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX

Total nonfarm

3,779.7 3,999.1 4,020.6 4,057.6 277.9 7.4

Mining, logging, and construction

218.5 222.8 227.0 231.5 13.0 5.9

Manufacturing

283.2 290.0 293.2 294.2 11.0 3.9

Trade, transportation, and utilities

814.4 872.6 877.1 876.9 62.5 7.7

Information

80.6 85.6 85.8 85.5 4.9 6.1

Financial activities

335.4 357.6 360.5 360.0 24.6 7.3

Professional and business services

667.5 727.3 722.7 737.3 69.8 10.5

Education and health services

458.2 477.0 482.0 483.1 24.9 5.4

Leisure and hospitality

351.0 388.6 391.5 404.6 53.6 15.3

Other services

118.0 125.0 127.3 129.9 11.9 10.1

Government

452.9 452.6 453.5 454.6 1.7 0.4

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX

Total nonfarm

3,028.6 3,162.5 3,168.6 3,198.3 169.7 5.6

Mining and logging

59.8 65.3 67.2 68.4 8.6 14.4

Construction

209.5 215.3 218.8 222.5 13.0 6.2

Manufacturing

211.0 217.7 219.3 220.3 9.3 4.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

618.7 654.2 656.9 660.2 41.5 6.7

Information

28.5 31.5 31.5 31.6 3.1 10.9

Financial activities

167.3 170.9 171.3 172.5 5.2 3.1

Professional and business services

495.5 513.7 505.6 512.8 17.3 3.5

Education and health services

405.9 425.4 426.5 431.2 25.3 6.2

Leisure and hospitality

301.9 324.0 326.5 332.0 30.1 10.0

Other services

107.6 109.9 110.9 110.4 2.8 2.6

Government

422.9 434.6 434.1 436.4 13.5 3.2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

Total nonfarm

5,805.7 6,088.4 6,116.6 6,139.4 333.7 5.7

Mining and logging

2.1 2.0 2.0 2.0 -0.1 -4.8

Construction

253.0 255.5 258.5 254.3 1.3 0.5

Manufacturing

457.3 466.1 468.5 469.5 12.2 2.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,051.1 1,092.4 1,089.3 1,088.1 37.0 3.5

Information

224.5 251.8 250.8 253.1 28.6 12.7

Financial activities

329.1 323.2 324.8 326.8 -2.3 -0.7

Professional and business services

943.7 979.0 978.5 983.4 39.7 4.2

Education and health services

1,074.5 1,111.4 1,119.4 1,116.8 42.3 3.9

Leisure and hospitality

574.7 683.4 695.7 712.1 137.4 23.9

Other services

177.6 195.0 197.5 199.4 21.8 12.3

Government

718.1 728.6 731.6 733.9 15.8 2.2

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL

Total nonfarm

2,624.7 2,758.6 2,758.0 2,767.9 143.2 5.5

Mining and logging

0.8 0.9 0.9 0.9 0.1 12.5

Construction

139.7 140.3 141.6 143.3 3.6 2.6

Manufacturing

88.9 92.1 93.6 94.0 5.1 5.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

591.8 635.2 633.0 633.2 41.4 7.0

Information

48.7 52.2 52.2 52.1 3.4 7.0

Financial activities

193.0 201.2 200.3 203.0 10.0 5.2

Professional and business services

459.6 482.5 479.3 483.9 24.3 5.3

Education and health services

408.0 416.6 417.0 413.7 5.7 1.4

Leisure and hospitality

280.9 318.1 320.1 324.1 43.2 15.4

Other services

109.8 114.1 115.0 115.9 6.1 5.6

Government

303.5 305.4 305.0 303.8 0.3 0.1

New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA

Total nonfarm

9,157.4 9,453.2 9,530.6 9,641.3 483.9 5.3

Mining, logging, and construction

385.1 369.6 376.5 387.0 1.9 0.5

Manufacturing

331.1 336.0 339.0 339.1 8.0 2.4

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1,562.4 1,627.6 1,633.3 1,632.8 70.4 4.5

Information

299.8 317.9 318.3 319.3 19.5 6.5

Financial activities

761.9 767.7 770.6 773.1 11.2 1.5

Professional and business services

1,508.7 1,562.3 1,574.0 1,599.5 90.8 6.0

Education and health services

2,020.7 2,034.8 2,054.8 2,073.9 53.2 2.6

Leisure and hospitality

643.1 761.7 782.3 819.3 176.2 27.4

Other services

362.7 388.5 390.4 398.5 35.8 9.9

Government

1,281.9 1,287.1 1,291.4 1,298.8 16.9 1.3

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD

Total nonfarm

2,840.5 2,907.0 2,925.1 2,948.9 108.4 3.8

Mining, logging, and construction

119.5 115.1 117.4 121.0 1.5 1.3

Manufacturing

172.0 176.7 177.0 177.7 5.7 3.3

Trade, transportation, and utilities

513.8 535.8 536.5 536.6 22.8 4.4

Information

47.9 48.5 48.7 49.2 1.3 2.7

Financial activities

216.4 217.5 218.3 218.2 1.8 0.8

Professional and business services

470.1 480.2 485.3 492.9 22.8 4.9

Education and health services

649.7 655.6 657.0 660.8 11.1 1.7

Leisure and hospitality

210.2 230.5 235.7 243.9 33.7 16.0

Other services

109.9 115.7 116.5 116.2 6.3 5.7

Government

331.0 331.4 332.7 332.4 1.4 0.4

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

Total nonfarm

2,193.0 2,270.8 2,267.8 2,275.8 82.8 3.8

Mining and logging

2.6 2.9 3.0 3.0 0.4 15.4

Construction

138.0 140.9 141.9 141.1 3.1 2.2

Manufacturing

135.8 141.4 141.1 143.5 7.7 5.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

428.5 457.9 457.9 454.4 25.9 6.0

Information

38.8 40.9 39.6 40.8 2.0 5.2

Financial activities

216.0 215.0 213.4 213.3 -2.7 -1.3

Professional and business services

368.8 379.4 377.0 379.2 10.4 2.8

Education and health services

344.3 351.7 353.8 355.1 10.8 3.1

Leisure and hospitality

208.9 226.7 226.7 230.9 22.0 10.5

Other services

67.1 70.9 70.7 70.6 3.5 5.2

Government

244.2 243.1 242.7 243.9 -0.3 -0.1

San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA

Total nonfarm

2,293.5 2,402.1 2,421.0 2,431.9 138.4 6.0

Mining and logging

0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.0 0.0

Construction

122.8 123.7 124.7 124.0 1.2 1.0

Manufacturing

145.8 151.3 153.0 152.7 6.9 4.7

Trade, transportation, and utilities

340.9 356.5 356.9 356.8 15.9 4.7

Information

137.0 142.6 143.8 143.6 6.6 4.8

Financial activities

138.8 142.1 141.2 141.4 2.6 1.9

Professional and business services

484.0 507.7 512.4 516.8 32.8 6.8

Education and health services

363.0 370.9 373.3 371.8 8.8 2.4

Leisure and hospitality

181.8 215.4 220.0 226.3 44.5 24.5

Other services

71.6 79.6 80.8 82.5 10.9 15.2

Government

307.4 311.9 314.5 315.6 8.2 2.7

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV

Total nonfarm

3,182.6 3,252.4 3,269.3 3,286.0 103.4 3.2

Mining, logging, and construction

160.8 160.4 163.1 162.7 1.9 1.2

Manufacturing

54.6 55.0 55.3 55.5 0.9 1.6

Trade, transportation, and utilities

386.9 400.9 400.3 399.2 12.3 3.2

Information

75.6 76.5 77.2 76.6 1.0 1.3

Financial activities

156.7 152.7 152.9 152.5 -4.2 -2.7

Professional and business services

780.4 787.1 793.3 795.5 15.1 1.9

Education and health services

428.2 428.2 430.6 435.9 7.7 1.8

Leisure and hospitality

238.2 282.2 287.1 296.4 58.2 24.4

Other services

193.2 194.4 195.0 197.0 3.8 2.0

Government

708.0 715.0 714.5 714.7 6.7 0.9

(p) Preliminary

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, June 01, 2022