Workforce

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

Workforce Statistics

San Antonio MSA Annual Averages
YearTotal Civilian Labor ForcePercent GrowthNumber of People EmployedNumber of People UnemployedUnemployment Rate
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


Leading Employment Sectors

SectorMay 2013 EmploymentMay 2012 EmploymentMay 2011 EmploymentMay 2010 Employment% Change 2012-2013
Total Nonfarm 885,800 867,500 854,000 850,800 2.1%
Government 162,700 160,000 163,300 164,300 1.7%
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%
Financial Activities 71,000 69,900 65,400 65,900 1.6%
Manufacturing 46,200 46,500 44,900 43,900 -.6%
Construction 43,800 44,600 43,600 44,300 -1.8%
Other Services 33,800 32,200 32,100 31,700 5.0%
Information 20,400 18,100 17,600 18,900 12.7%
Mining and Logging 4,300 3,400 3,700 3,400 26.5%
Source: Texas Workforce Commission