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Bayou Business Download: How Many Jobs Will Houston Create in 2022?

Published Dec 01, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta


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In this episode of Bayou Business Download, we look at what 2022 has in store for the Houston region with Partnership Senior Vice President of Research Patrick Jankowski. 

Key topics include: 

  • The employment forecast for 2022 in Houston 
  • The factors impacting specific sectors 
  • What is likely to drive growth both at the local and national level 
  • Some of the forces that could derail the region's ongoing recovery 

Read the 2022 Employment Forecast here

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