Texas job growth strong, with Houston leading way


Texas is experiencing robust job growth, and Houston has led cities in creating new positions since 2006.

Texas is creating a substantial number of jobs, and Houston has created more jobs than any other city in the country since the economic downturn. Many of the positions have been created in manufacturing, which has led to an uptick in staffing in the industry.

The Texas city has created more than 100,000 private sector jobs between 2006 and 2011, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs data done by the Houston Business Journal. Houston has 109,700 more private sector jobs than it did in 2006, according to the investigation.

This job growth has surpassed the creation of new employment opportunities in all other U.S. cities, most of which have lost positions since 2006, the media outlet reports. Data contained in the analysis indicates that Houston expanded its labor force by 5.22 percent during the period.

Data provided in a report released by Manufacturers News Inc. on January 1, 2012, indicates that Houston was leading U.S. cities in creating manufacturing jobs, increasing the number of positions in the industry by 3 percent over the previous year.

The figures included in the report indicate that Houston has more than 235,000 people working in manufacturing positions, which is far higher than New York, which has the second largest number of jobs in the industry at 140,000.

Another example of job growth in Texas can be found in the plans of an automotive supplier to create 300 new positions at a facility in Seguin, according to a statement that the company released on February 1. The automotive supplier plans to invest $113 into a manufacturing plant in order to produce automotive sensors. The new facility should create 300 positions over the course of five years.

Once the new positions have been created, the company will employ more people in Seguin than any other firm.

"We were able to make this investment because of the excellent team we have in place in Seguin," Scott Williams, plant manager, said in a statement. "Their performance and commitment to our customers allows us to continue to grow in this community and expand our talented workforce."

The supplier stated that it collaborated with the city and the state in ensuring that the facility could be created.

"Today's announcement would not have been possible without the strong support of and collaboration with the state of Texas, Seguin Economic Development Corporation, City of Seguin and Guadalupe County officials," Kregg Wiggins, senior vice president, NAFTA Powertrain division for the automotive supplier, said in the statement. "We truly appreciate their support and look forward to expanding our business in this region."