Kilgore and Gregg County draw workers from across 12 counties as identified by TIP Strategies, an Austin-based strategic planning firm. The share of workers commuting to the county from more than 50 miles has increased steadily over the past decade. One of the sectors showing the largest gains from those workers is manufacturing. In fact, more than 20% of the workforce is employed in the manufacturing/mining sectors. With a median age of 35.4 years, Gregg County has the youngest population in the region and also outperforms the region in education.
In other words, we are able to do the job, and we are not afraid to work.