major industries are natural resources and mining, construction, education, retail and government.
The Brazoria County Top Ten Employers:
Dow Chemical Company
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Brazosport Independent School District
Pearland Independent School District
Alvin Independent School District
U.S. Contractors, Inc.
Industrial Specialists, Inc.
Statewide, Austin-based Texas Workforce Commission reports that although total nonagricultural employment gained 5,600 jobs from June to July, the unemployment rate was unchanged during that period, remaining at 5.7 percent. Major industries, including education, health services, trade, transportation, utilities, professional and business services, all added jobs -- a total of 102,000 jobs since July 2003. The city of Houston's current unemployment rate is 6.6 percent, compared to 6.2 percent for the state and the 5.7 percent nationwide unemployment rate; however, the city's rate of unemployment shows improvement from last year's 6.9 percent. Specifically, manufacturing as one industry segment that is faring well in Houston as well as the rest of the nation. Jobs requiring higher skill levels are always in demand. Those are also the jobs where more permanent placements are being offered, such as information technology and engineering.