Labor and Workforce

Matagorda County offers employers affordable labor with opportunities for funded workforce training. We have skilled laborers accustomed to shift work, and there are 20 higher education institutions within 100 miles that offer certification and degree programs.

The Matagorda County, TX region:

  • Has a civilian labor force of 16,890 with a participation rate of 59.4%.
  • Of individuals 25 to 64 in Matagorda County, Texas, 15.8% have a bachelor’s degree or higher which compares with 32.9% in the nation.
  • The median household income in Matagorda County, Texas is $45,500 and the median house value is $107,500.”

Occupation Snapshot

The largest major occupation group in Matagorda County, Texas is Office and Administrative Support Occupations, employing 1,227 workers. The next-largest occupation groups in the region are Management Occupations (1,127 workers) and Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (1,081). High location quotients (LQs) indicate occupation groups in which a region has high concentrations of employment compared to the national average. The major groups with the largest LQs in the region are Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations (LQ = 3.30), Architecture and Engineering Occupations (2.10), and Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations (1.79).

Occupation groups in Matagorda County, Texas with the highest average wages per worker are Architecture and Engineering Occupations ($92,800), Management Occupations ($89,100), and Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations ($78,200). The unemployment rate in the region varied among the major groups from 1.8% among Legal Occupations to 11.8% among Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations.

Over the next 1 year, the fastest growing occupation group in Matagorda County, Texas is expected to be Healthcare Support Occupations with a +1.4% year-over-year rate of growth. The strongest forecast by number of jobs over this period is expected for Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (+6 jobs) and Healthcare Support Occupations (+6). Over the same period, the highest separation demand (occupation demand due to retirements and workers moving from one occupation to another) is expected in Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations (189 jobs) and Sales and Related Occupations (149).

Occupation Employees Average Annual Wages LQ
Office and Administrative Support 1,227 $35,900 0.78
Management 1,127 $89,100 1.41
Food Preparation and Serving Related 1,081 $22,300 1.02
Sales and Related 1,031 $36,500 0.86
Educational Instruction and Library 974 $45,400 1.40
Transporation and Material Moving 709 $33,500 0.70
Production 699 $54,900 0.96
Construction and Extraction 691 $43,500 1.20
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical 615 $76,700 0.87
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair 608 $48,300 1.28
Building and Grounds, Cleaning, and Maintenance 602 $27,200 1.42
Architecture and Engineering 441 $92,800 2.10
Healthcare Support 436 $26,700 0.81
Protective Service 433 $38,800 1.61
Business and Financial Operations 418 $71,100 0.61
Personal Care and Service 325 $25,800 0.92
Farming, Fishing and Forestry 258 $29,000 3.50
Life, Physical, and Social Science 190 $78,200 1.79
Community and Social Service 184 $47,900 0.87
Computer and Mathematical 159 $72,800 0.43
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media 137 $48,900 0.60
Legal 62 $77,600 0.60
Total - All Occupations 12,409 $48,100 1.00

Source: JobsEQ®
Data as of 2020Q1 unless noted otherwise
Note: Figures may not sum due to rounding.

  1. Data based on a four-quarter moving average unless noted otherwise.
  2. Wage data are as of 2019 and represent the average for all Covered Employment
  3. Data represent found online ads active within the last thirty days in the selected region; data represents a sampling rather than the complete universe of postings. Ads lacking zip code information but designating a place (city, town, etc.) may be assigned to the zip code with greatest employment in that place for queries in this analytic. Due to alternative county-assignment algorithms, ad counts in this analytic may not match that shown in RTI (nor in the popup window ad list).

Occupation employment data are estimated via industry employment data and the estimated industry/occupation mix. Industry employment data are derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and currently updated through 2019Q3, imputed where necessary with preliminary estimates updated to 2020Q1. Wages by occupation are as of 2019 provided by the BLS and imputed where necessary. Forecast employment growth uses national projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics adapted for regional growth patterns.

Complete reports can be found in Industry Spotlight and 2020 Economic Overview