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Monthly Update: Unemployment Claims

May '22, Latest Data
Published on 6/23/22

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Initial claims filed for employment benefits in Houston have dropped to near pre-pandemic levels. 

Local data on claims by industry is not available. However, the industries with the highest level of initial claims statewide in May ’22 were administrative support (8,093 claims), construction (7,028), hotels, restaurants, and bars (6,188), retail (5,114) and transportation and warehousing (4,494). As a group, they accounted for 52.6 percent of all claims filed.

Continued claims filed by workers who have been unemployed for at least a week after filing the initial claim continue to trend down. This suggests that workers who did lose their jobs are experiencing minimal difficulty finding new ones.

Note: WDA stands for Workforce Development Area. The Gulf Coast WDA is slightly larger than the Houston metro and includes Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton Counties.

Prepared by Greater Houston Partnership Research

Patrick Jankowski, CERP
Senior Vice President, Research

Key Economic Indicators Employment

The four-week average of unemployment claims filed in May '22 

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