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Matagorda County is proud of its diverse industry base. As a rural coastal county, we derive much of our economic viability from our rich farming and ranching history, as well as from seafood and fisheries. Other successful industries in our area include nuclear power, chemical, oil and gas storage, pipeline and production, and manufacturing. The percentage of workers in the manufacturing industry is above the regional and state average.

The top industries in the county are educational services, health care, and social services. The Educational Services and Health Care/Social Assistance sector employs 22% of Matagorda County's workers, more than any other industry.

We continue to see growth in our power generation, chemical, tourism, and agricultural bases. Opportunities abound as the county seeks retail, residential, and apartment developers to meet our coming construction and new permanent worker demands.

62Health Care and Social Assistance1,452
61Educational Services1,406
44Retail Trade1,365
72Accommodation and Food Services1,143
11Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting888
56Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services687
81Other Services (except Public Administration)663
92Public Administration448
54Professional, Scientific and Technical Services438
48Transportation and Warehousing294
21Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction245
52Finance and Insurance198
53Real Estate and Rental and Leasing177
42Wholesale Trade162
71Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation106
55Management of Companies and Enterprises26
Total - All Industries12,409

Source: JobsEQ. Data as of 2020Q1. Figures may not sum due to rounding.