Greater Houston region continues to lead national job growth trends, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties are among the top 10 in the nation for rate of employment growth (Sept. 2011 – Sept. 2012). The BLS report lists Harris County, which includes the City of Houston, as second in the U.S. in absolute employment growth during the same time period.
As a corollary to the BLS statistics, the Houston Metropolitan Statistical Area’s (MSA) GDP growth has outpaced the nation, ranking first above all other metro areas (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis). A national corporate indicator echoing the government data is the 2012 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, in which the Houston region ranks as the top destination for one-way family moves for the fourth year in a row.
“This new BLS data is consistent with our region’s ongoing performance as a leader in a variety of economic metrics,” said Jeffrey Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (EDC). “Fort Bend County continues to benefit from our favorable business climate, strong leaders, diversity of industries, infrastructure and proximity to the Greater Houston area.”
Fort Bend earns national and regional accolades for job growth, population growth, and related economic and workforce development milestones. Maintaining a decade-long trend as a leader in economic opportunity, Fort Bend County continues to grow and diversify.
In 2012, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Fort Bend No. 2 on its “Where the Jobs Are” list. The County’s job growth has contributed to an increase in population and diversity. Recent U.S. Census Bureau data estimates the county’s 2012 population at 627,293, an increase of 7.2 percent since 2010. The County has also been named the most diverse in the nation in a new study by Rice University. Fort Bend residents also benefit from a distinct quality of life, with five of the top 20 master planned communities in the nation (and seven of the top 24 MPCs) having an address within county lines (RCLCO, 2013).
For additional information about Fort Bend County, visit FortBendCounty.com or call 281-242-0000.