San Antonio is a key reason why Texas is doing so well during this recession. Forbes recognized the city as one of the country's most recession-proof cities in 2008, 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 May 2012 was 1,024,892, an increase of over 12,000 compared to May 2011. 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 3,356 and the greatest increased industry was education and health services by 7,400.
Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Tracer2
San Antonio MSA Annual Averages
|Sector||May 2013 Employment||May 2012 Employment||May 2011 Employment||May 2010 Employment||% Change 2012-2013|
|Trade, Transportation and Utilities||150,500||147,800||142,700||141,900||1.8%|
|Education and Health Services||137,000||134,300||135,800||128,400||2.0%|
|Leisure and Hospitality||114,600||115,200||106,600||105,400||-.5%|
|Professional and Business Services||108,100||100,400||99,500||100,700||7.6%|
|Mining and Logging||4,300||3,400||3,700||3,400||26.5%|
|Source: Texas Workforce Commission|
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