San Antonio is a key reason why Texas is doing so well during this recession. Forbes recognized the city as one of the best cities for job growth in 2013, 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 June 2014 was 1,065,004, an increase of over 5,000 from June 2013. Manufacturing, education and health services, as well as leisure and hospitality industries, led the employment sectors. In this 12-month period, total nonfarm employment increased by 22,500 employees, reflecting a growth rate of 2.46%.

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
2013 1,049,019 2.2% 986,252 62767 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, March 2014

 

Sector May 2014 Employment May 2013 Employment May 2012 Employment Change 2013-2014
Total Nonfarm 931,300 885,800 867,500 5.14%
Government 162,500 162,700 160,000 -0.12%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 158,800 150,500 147,800 5.51%
Education and Health Services 142,200 137,000 134,300 3.80%
Leisure and Hospitality 124,900 114,600 115,200 8.99%
Professional and Business Services  113,500 108,100 100,400 5.00%
Financial Activities 76,700 71,000 69,900 8.03%
Manufacturing 46,200 46,200 46,500 0.00%
Construction 43,900 43,800 44,600 0.23%
Other Services 34,900 33,800 32,200 3.25%
Information 21,400 20,400 18,100 4.90%
Mining and Logging 6,300 4,300 3,400 46.51%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics