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.

NAICS Industry Employees
62 Health Care and Social Assistance 1,452
61 Educational Services 1,406
44 Retail Trade 1,365
22 Utilities 1,324
72 Accommodation and Food Services 1,143
11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 888
23 Construction 715
56 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 687
81 Other Services (except Public Administration) 663
31 Manufacturing 519
92 Public Administration 448
54 Professional, Scientific and Technical Services 438
48 Transportation and Warehousing 294
21 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 245
52 Finance and Insurance 198
53 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 177
42 Wholesale Trade 162
51 Information 149
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 106
55 Management of Companies and Enterprises 26
99 Unclassified 2
Total - All Industries 12,409

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