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Houston Experiencing Strongest Job Market in Decades
May 31st, 2019
By Sarah Hunter

Recent graduates, rejoice! No matter what you majored in, experts agree on one thing: Your employment prospects haven't looked this good since before the recession.  

Paul Harrington, a professor who studies labor markets at Drexel University in Philidelphia, noted that even graduates in frequently underemployed majors such as the liberal arts have plenty of opportunity ahead of them. "You have to go back to the 1990s or 2000s to find a labor market as strong for graduates. This will be the best year in a long time. There's a lot of opportunity for every major."

According to the Houston Chronicle:

"The region added 6,000 jobs last month, after gaining more than 11,000 in March and 7,500 in February, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The local economy has generated more than 80,000 jobs over the past year, increasing at rate of 2.7 percent. That matched the state’s rate of job growth while easily outpacing that of the nation, where employment grew 1.8 percent from April 2018."

In the fall '18 semester, nearly 430,000 students were enrolled in more than 40 community colleges and four-year or above universities in the Houston area. An additional 20,000 students were enrolled in the region's 50 trade, vocational, and business schools. Those graduating this spring with intent to work in industries such as oil and gas, manufacturing, and professional and business services will have the easiest time finding employment, as these sectors saw some of the regions highest growth. 

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