The Port of Galveston directly employs almost 100, but it generates thousands of jobs through its cargo, cruise, shipping and construction activities. As port business continues to grow, so will these jobs. Wage earners further boost the local economy by spending their wages to pay rent, buy homes, dine out, shop in stores and buy services.
Here’s one example of the jobs growth we’re seeing. In 2018, labor union hours totaled 567,422, the equivalent of 273 full-time jobs. In 2019, hours rose to 623,218, equal to about 300 full-time jobs. With a steady flow of wind cargo and an increase in cruise ships in 2020, we expect to see these hours continue to increase.