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Labor Force Participation Rates

The combined 12-county labor shed boasts nearly 312,000 workers, with Kilgore, Gregg County and Smith County together comprising roughly one-half of the region's total civilian labor force. Unemployment levels in those counties have remained below national levels throughout the recession and Gregg County's rates have remained below that of Texas' rate as well.
 
In addition, the Gregg County's labor force participation rate of 70.3 was well above that of Texas and the U.S.
U.S.
Texas
Gregg County
62.6
64
70.3