San Antonio is a key reason why Texas is doing so well during this recession. 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 December 2014 was 1,064,254, an increase of 3.32%. 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 25,120 employees, reflecting a growth rate of 2.53%.

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, March 2014

 

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