Workforce Data

Pearland’s strategic location within the Houston MSA gives your company access to over 2.8 million talented and seasoned workers in industries such as energy, manufacturing and allied healthcare—including over 7,500 Texas Medical Center employees that live within the Pearland city limits.


Labor Force

Since 2005, Pearland’s estimated labor force has grown from just over 31,302 to 57,462 in 2016.

 Area

 Labor Force 

 Employment 

 Unemployment 

 Unemployment Rate 

Pearland

57,462

55,376

2,086

3.6%

Brazoria County

170,077

160,839

9,238

5.4%

Harris County

2,279,367

2,158,475

120,892

5.3%

Houston MSA

3,310,294

3,134,979

175,315

5.3%

Texas

13,360,842

12,723,289

637,553

4.8%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics - December 2016



Educational Attainment

Pearland has educational attainment levels well above the national average. 48.6% of Pearland’s adult population holds a four year degree or higher. Compare that to the national average of 30.6%.

Pearland residents are also more likely to have finished high school and gone on to post-secondary education. Over 78% of Pearland residents have some college, compared to the national average of 61%.

And over 96% of Pearland residents have obtained at least a high school diploma or GED.


Workforce Training

From the Texas Workforce Commission to the Skills Development Fund, PEDC offers a wide range of workforce training resources to help grow your employee skill sets and your business. Whatever the training need, PEDC is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.

Resource Providers and Programs

Texas Workforce Commission 
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency that oversees workforce development services for employers and job seekers in Texas. PEDC works directly with TWC, local workforce offices—Workforce Solutions—and nearby community colleges to leverage State of Texas training grants and create customized training programs for your business. Workforce Solutions can also identify and recruit key employees for your company.

Skills Development Fund 
The Skills Development Fund is Texas' premier job training program, providing training dollars for Texas businesses and workers. Skills Development Fund grants offset business’ training and skills enhancement costs by using State of Texas funds to complete the training locally with community colleges and certified instructors.

The Texas Workforce Commission works with businesses, public community and technical colleges, local workforce development boards and economic development partners to administer these grants.

Local Community Colleges
Pearland’s community colleges provide customized training and continuing education either on campus or on-site. Each college partners with businesses to identify specific employee or team development needs and creates a targeted plan.

Using Skills Development Fund grants, businesses can target specific training programs that are necessary either for new employee training or to elevate the skills of existing employees. Community college staff works closely with PEDC and your company to identify your training needs, apply for grants and complete the training.

Community college partners include:
Alvin Community College
Houston Community College
San Jacinto  College

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