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Metro Houston area added 55,000 jobs in June, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. That’s on top of the 78,200 jobs added in May. Despite the surge, local employment remains 217,700 jobs below its February pre-COVID level. The largest job gains occurred in restaurants and bars, retail and arts, entertainment and recreation. Government, manufacturing and transportation, warehousing and utilities and energy continued to lose jobs. Of the major sectors, only finance and insurance has returned to its pre-COVID employment level.
The region’s unemployment rate improved from 13.9 in May to 9.9 percent in June. It had been as low as 3.9 percent in February and as high as 14.2 percent in April. Houston’s labor force has shrunk by nearly 99,000 workers since February. If those workers were counted among the unemployed, Houston’s rate would be 12.5 percent.
Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research
Elizabeth Balderrama, PCED
Metro Houston has added 55,000 jobs in June 2020