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Houston's 10 Biggest Employers: A Weekend Roundup

Fall Hiring Season is Nearing!

For job seekers, there is never a better time than fall to find a new job. With the fiscal year coming to a close, employers look to add new hires to fill out their budgeting. In Houston, the job market has stood on its two feet through the ups and downs in the economy. Despite seeing some pretty significant job losses in the oil and gas industry, Houston as a wide array of companies growing in tremendous size. Houston’s unemployment rate sits at a steady 3.7 percent with opportunities continuing to pop up around the city. Notable cities like Chicago and New York sit above the dreaded 5 percent unemployment mark at 6.5 percent and 6.1 percent respectively. With Houston doing so well, let’s take a look at the largest companies by sheer amount of workers.

  1. Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
    19,500 employees
  2. Continental Airlines, Inc.
    16,000 employees
  3. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    15,000 employees
  4. ExxonMobil
    13,000 employees
  5. Shell Oil Company
    13,000 employees
  6. Kroger Company
    12,000 employees
  7. National Oilwell Varco
    10,000 employees
  8. The Methodist Hospital
    9,991 employees
  9. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    9,318 employees
  10. Baylor College of Medicine
    9,232 employees

That marks five health care groups, three oil companies, one grocery chain, and one airline. None of these should be a total surprise if you have lived in the Houston area for some time. Even with up to 84,000 Texas oil and gas jobs lost, it is pretty amazing how many Houstonians are employed by these companies. Here’s to a happy hiring season!

View the full list courtesy of Here is Houston: here.

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