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 June 2015 was 1,099,430, with an associated unemployment rate of 3.8% – representing over 42,000 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 July 2014 and July 2015, total nonfarm employment increased by 3.2%.

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
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 July 2015 Employment July 2014 Employment  Change 2014-2015
Total Nonfarm 980,000 949,300 3.2%
Government 158,000 156,000 1.3%
Trade, Transportation and Utilities 169,000 163,500 3.4%
Education and Health Services 147,300 144,700 1.8%
Leisure and Hospitality 132,700 124,300 6.8%
Professional and Business Services 125,200 121,200 3.3%
Financial Activities 84,700 81,300 4.2%
Manufacturing 45,600 46,500 -1.9%
Construction 51,300 46,600 10.1%
Other Services 35,700 35,100 1.7%
Information 22,300 21,800 2.3%
Mining and Logging 8,200 8,300 -1.2%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics