SAN ANTONIO- In 2023, Texas added more jobs to its economy than any other state in the nation. The Governor’s office says it’s thanks to the San Antonio -New Braunfels region where the workforce grew by more than 3%. Originally from Houston, Andrew and Jaime Fields decided to make San Antonio home.
“I was fortunate enough to get a job in the oil and gas industry when oil was negative $37 a barrel we snatched that right up and was incredibly blessed with that opportunity,” says San Antonio resident Jaime Fields.
3 years ago, that opportunity to move here paid off big for them, compared to their peers in other cities.
“Coming out of college a lot of our peers went to Houston, Dallas, a lot in Austin ,” says San Antonio resident Andrew Fields.
And because they’re able to get more for their money here, it led them down a road toward financial freedom.
“We’ve found that San Antonio has allowed us to make a lot more aggressive financial strides,” says Fields.
The couple is part of the San Antonio job growth that’s been happening in recent years. The Governor’s office says Texas added more jobs last year than any other state in the nation. And the San Antonio area was at the heart of that growth.
“We’re currently seeing the largest boom in life sciences, cybersecurity, and professional services,” says Ashley Gossen from Greater: SATX.
Gossen, Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Recruitment at Greater: SATX says local workforce development and industry diversification are top priorities for continued growth for our region.
“We’re working towards building a pipeline of companies that’s going to help us to create those quality primary jobs,” says Gossen.
In 2023, Texas added more than 369,000 jobs, of which more than 36,000 jobs were added to the San Antonio-New Braunfels region. The jobs were mostly in utilities, hospitality, and professional services.
That increase means economic mobility for San Antonio residents like the Fields for years to come.
“We’ve benefitted from that and are very thankful for this opportunity,” says Fields.
Since 2021, Greater SATX sealed agreements resulting in nearly 12,000 jobs and $5 billion dollars in direct capital investment in our area.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2023 San Antonio added 36,700 jobs. Some states that added fewer jobs than the area of San Antonio- Alabama: 33,200, Utah 31,500, Idaho: 25,000, and New Mexico 20.900