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San Antonio Economic Indicators

Economic Indicators

January 6, 2022

San Antonio Economy Dashboard (November 2022)
Job growth (annualized)
Aug.–Nov. '22
Unemployment rate
Avg. hourly earnings
Avg. hourly earnings growth y/y
arrow_drop_up5.0% 3.6% arrow_drop_up$27.88 arrow_drop_up6.2%

The San Antonio economy continued to expand in November as nearly all sectors experienced employment gains, and the business-cycle index increased. As interest rates shot up and the housing market cooled, existing-home sales declined and rent growth steadied.

Business-cycle index

The San Antonio Business-Cycle Index —a broad measure of economic activity in the metro—grew an annualized 7.3 percent in November, faster than the 7.0 annualized growth in October (Chart 1).

Chart 1

Labor market

Unemployment rate stays steady

San Antonio’s unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent in November (Chart 2). The metro’s jobless rate is lower than both the U.S. and the state figures of 3.7 percent and 4.0 percent, respectively. This month, San Antonio’s labor force grew at a 4.0 percent annualized rate.

Chart 2

Jobs grow across sectors

San Antonio payrolls grew 5.5 percent from October to November (4,966 jobs) (Chart 3). All sectors except one experienced growth. Mining was the only sector to decline (0.4 percent or 2 jobs). Growth was led by other services (31.1 percent or 869 jobs), leisure and hospitality (10.3 percent or 1,146 jobs), and health and education services (5.6 percent or 781 jobs). Year over year, San Antonio experienced 3.3 percent payroll growth.

Chart 3


Existing-home sales decline to pandemic levels

San Antonio’s existing-home sales continued to decline during November, falling by 7.3 percent, slower than the 9.3 percent decrease statewide (Chart 4). Similarly, while San Antonio experienced a 26.9 percent decrease in existing-home sales year over year, it remained below the state’s decline of 31.3 percent. Now, existing-home sales rates in both San Antonio and Texas are at levels seen in early 2020.

Chart 4

Rent prices steady

In November, San Antonio experienced a 0.7 percent increase in rent prices, less than the 2.1 percent rise for the state, and slower growth for the metro than prior months (Chart 5). Year over year, however, rent-price growth in San Antonio was 8.7 percent, greater than Texas’ 5.8 percent.

Chart 5


NOTE: Data may not match previously published numbers due to revisions.

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