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Bayou Business Download: A Look at the Houston Employment Picture at the Midyear Point

Published Jul 19, 2021 by A.J. Mistretta


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In this episode of Bayou Business Download we talk about the employment picture here in Houston as the economic recovery continues. We’ll look at the jobs added and in which sectors, while also discussing what the rest of the year is likely to look like. 

Topics covered include: 

  • The industries gaining and losing the most jobs. 
  • The forces currently impacting the employment landscape. 
  • Which sectors are most likely to fare better in the second half of 2021. 
  • What the remainder of the year is likely to hold for job growth. 

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