In January of 2010, the Texas Workforce Commission showed that Houston's unemployment rate in the Houston, Sugar Land and Baytown areas reached 8.8 percent. Though it was lower than the national average (9.7), by Houston's measure it was an increase of 0.8 percent from the preceding December, as well as an increase of two full percent points from the preceding January (up from 6.8 percent).
If you happen to fall in the unemployment cohort (or if you just happen to hate your current job and are looking for a change), hope is not lost. There are numerous resources on the web at your disposal to help you find a job.
Finding Houston Jobs
Houston Jobs: This organization has been around since 1998. Their site allows you to search job postings within the greater Houston area by categories with listings for everything from Accounts Payable to Welder. You will have to register to gain access to said postings but there will not be a fee for doing so. You are also allowed to upload your resume at the site as well.
Jobing: This site allows you to search job postings within the greater Houston areas by categories. Gulf Coast, Colonial Oaks and Orkin are among the many employers with job postings on the site. In addition to traditional job search resources (uploading resume, etc), they also feature employment videos and community blogs with job hunting tips.
Houston Chronicle Job Listings: The Houston Chronicle site hosts a listing of jobs available that works in conjunction with Yahoo! Hot Jobs. You can register to upload your resume, as well as access tools such as the tips and suggestions for resume building, salary schedules, networking, interviewing and more. In addition to that, you will also have immediate access to information regarding the Chronicle's periodic job fairs.
City of Houston Jobs: To access jobs offered and available within the City of Houston network, you will have to register with their site. Once you've registered, you are able to apply a single online application to multiple jobs. You will be able to gain information regarding compensation, employee benefits and salary administration in addition to being able to search various job opportunities and check on the status of a submitted application.
Finding Jobs on Houston Craiglist: Though a tad more archaic and helter skelter than the aforementioned sites, the classifieds section of Craigslist can turn up fruitful opportunities if you're willing to wade through a few nonsensical postings. Job listings are broken down by categories, though you are allowed to search the entire job listing database at once should you desire. Craigslist does not offer any supplemental job hunting benefits, such as resume uploading or community boards.