The Milken Institute recognized San Antonio as one of 2015’s best-performing cities, where America’s jobs are created and sustained, and judging by its booming workforce, the city is still growing strong. The Brookings Institute also named San Antonio one of the strongest-performing economies among the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the nation and #1 in overall performance based on employment and unemployment levels. Through SA Works, an industry led coalition assembled to develop a comprehensive human capital strategy to fill the city and county’s most pressing talent needs, San Antonio is dedicated to preparing its workforce with the skills employers need now and in the future. With an already robust education system, the initiative positions San Antonio’s current and future workforce ahead of other major markets.

San Antonio MSA workforce in May 2016 was 1,086,301, with an associated unemployment rate of 3.4% – representing over 38,000 people. Between June 2015 and June 2016, total nonfarm employment increased by 2.4%. In addition, 15 area colleges and universities graduate approximately 25,000 students that enter the workforce each year. The San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is comprised of eight South Texas counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.

Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Tracer2

Workforce Statistics

San Antonio Annual Averages

Year Total Civilian Labor Force Percent Growth Number of People Employed Number of People Unemployed Unemployment Rate
2015 1,099,597 3.3% 1,057,538 42,059 3.8%
2014 1,064,254 1.45% 1,018,694 45,560 4.3%
2013 1,049,019 2.2% 986,252 62,767 6.0%
2012 1,026,242 1.4% 959,876 66,366 6.5%
2011 1,012,433 2.4% 943,728 75,318 7.4%
2010 988,764 2.4% 928,675 72,505 7.3%
2009 965,670 2.1% 906,524 64,391 6.7%
2008 942,671 2.2% 898,774 44,351 4.7%
2007 921,968 0.8% 883,141 37,919 4.1%
2006 914,670 2.0% 872,518 42,152 4.6%
2005 896,886 1.5% 852,165 44,721 5.0%
2004 883,892 1.2% 834,039 44,300 5.6%
2003 873,494 1.5% 820,022 31,700 6.1%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Sector June 2016 Employment June 2015 Employment  Change 2015-2016
Total Nonfarm 1,008,800 985,200 2.4%
Government 168,800 164,500 2.6%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 173,900 169,800 2.4%
Education and Health Services 153,600 148,600 3.4%
Leisure and Hospitality 135,400 129,200 4.8%
Professional and Business Services 126,800 124,800 1.6%
Financial Activities 84,800 83,900 1.1%
Manufacturing 46,500 47,300 -1.7%
Construction 51,600 50,200 2.8%
Other Services 39,100 36,400 7.4%
Information 21,500 22,200 -3.2%
Mining and Logging 6,800 8,300 -18.1%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics