The Milken Institute recognized San Antonio as one of 2014’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 Institution 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. Moreover, SA2020’s Education initiative is dedicated to increasing educational attainment at all levels of study, which will allow San Antonio’s workforce to keep expanding and help its members develop skills relevant to relocating companies and local industries. The San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is comprised of eight South Texas counties, including Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.

San Antonio MSA workforce in January 2016 was 1,105,652, with an associated unemployment rate of 3.7% – representing nearly 41,000 people. In addition, 15 area colleges and universities graduate approximately 25,000 students that enter the workforce each year. Manufacturing, education and health services, as well as leisure and hospitality industries, led the employment sectors. Between January 2015 and January 2016, total nonfarm employment increased by 2.8%.

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 November 2015 Employment November 2014 Employment  Change 2014-2015
Total Nonfarm 996,900 969,100 2.9%
Government 170,600 166,600 2.4%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 175,300 170,300 2.7%
Education and Health Services 153,500 147,100 4.4%
Leisure and Hospitality 123,800 117,600 5.3%
Professional and Business Services 125,400 123,900 1.2%
Financial Activities 84,800 82,100 3.3%
Manufacturing 47,200 46,900 0.6%
Construction 50,900 48,100 5.8%
Other Services 36,600 35,200 4.0%
Information 21,400 21,500 -0.5%
Mining and Logging 7,400 9,400 -21.3%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics