Houston entered the Great Recession in September 2008, its employment (seasonally adjusted) having peaked at 2,612,900 the month before. The region recorded job losses for 16 consecutive months, and by January 2010 had lost 117,400 jobs. Job growth returned in Febuary 2010 and by November 2011, the region had returned to its previous employment peak. As of May 2014, the 10-county Houston metro area had created 379,500 jobs, the equivalent to 323.3 percent of all jobs lost in the recession. Employment is higher now than at any point in Houston's history.
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Engineers have a strong presence in Houston, which has been described as "the world's leading pool of engineering talent." Houston Region Economic Development Profile
A significant supply of recent college graduates in numerous fields continues to strengthen the large professional talent pool throughout the Houston MSA. The Houston region is home to more than 20 colleges and universities, with a combined enrollment of more than 375,000. More than 67,800 students graduate annually from higher education facilities in the Houston region.
The Greater Houston Partnership developed UpSkill Houston, a comprehensive, industry-led approach to bridge the gap and fill jobs in middle-skills occupations.
UpSkill Houston is an innovative blueprint for leaders from the business community, educational institutions and social service organizations to utilize as we lead this effort to build a quality workforce. Learn more about UpSkill Houston »