The combined 12-county Kilgore Labor Draw boasts a workforce of more than 300,000. The share of workers commuting to the county from more than 50 miles has increased steadily over the past decade, with manufacturing being one of the sectors with the largest gain in workers.
The largest sector in the Kilgore Labor Draw is Healthcare and Social Assistance, followed by Retail Trade and Manufacturing.
The largest percentage of the workforce is employed in goods-producing sectors at 23 percent, well above state and national averages.
Gregg County has a unique composition relative to the regional, state, and national economies. Though Healthcare tops the industry list, the next largest industries in terms of the county's job base are part of the goods producing sector at 23%, which is well above regional, state and national levels.
After office and administrative support occupations, one of the largest occupations groups in the region are transportation and material moving occupations. Included in the major groups with the largest location quotients in the region are construction and production occupations.