Workforce

Labor Force and Unemployment
August 2010 Total Labor Force Number Unemployed Unemployment Rate
County of Cameron 157,680 18,400 11.7%
County of Hidalgo 305,552 37,341 12.2%
County of Starr 24,195 4,301 17.3%
County of Willacy 8,431 1,178 14.0%
State of Texas 12,190,876 1,021,742 8.4%
2009 Avg Annual*
County of Cameron 151,517 15,016 9.9%
County of Hidalgo 296,764 31,527 10.6%
County of Starr 24,509 4,084 16.7%
County of Willacy 8,282 1,021 12.3%
State of Texas 11,930,847 910,621 7.6%
2008 Avg Annual*
County of Cameron 146,027 9,914 6.8%
County of Hidalgo 282,401 20,744 7.3%
County of Starr 7,814 706 9.0%
County of Willacy 22,107 2,625 11.9%
State of Texas 5.7%
2007 Avg Annual*
County of Cameron 143,314 8,562 6.0%
County of Hidalgo 272,708 17,958 6.6%
County of Starr 7,567 616 8.1%
County of Willacy 21,342 2,267 10.6%
State of Texas 4.3%
Source: Texas Labor Market Information, www.tracer2.com (as of August 2010)
*Not seasonally adjusted
Commute Patterns
Distribution of Workers
Commute Time Number of Workers Region State U.S.
Less than 15 minutes 126,258 33.7% 27.1% 28.8%
15 to 29 minutes 159,125 42.4% 36.0% 36.1%
30 to 44 minutes 63,146 6.8% 21.1% 19.4%
45 to 59 minutes 12,058 3.2% 8.4% 7.6%
60 or more minutes 14,621 3.9% 7.4% 8.1%
Estimated Average Travel Time to Work 22.6 min 28.0 min 27.8 min
Source: Claritas 2009 Data; (as of May 2009)
Wages by Selected Occupations
Management, Business & Financial SOC Code 1 Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Sales Manager 11-2022 21.72 49.72
Computer & Info Systems Manager 11-3021 25.82 51.71
Industrial Productions Manager 11-3051 24.63 48.00
Human Resource Manager 11-3049 31.56 56.39
Purchasing Agent (ex wholesale, retail & farm) 13-1023 13.58 21.76
H.R. & Labor Relations Specialist 13-1079 16.38 30.58
Accountant & Auditor 13-2011 15.32 30.01
Office Administration & Support SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Supervisor of Officer Workers 43-1011 11.66 24.81
Bookkeeping, Accounting Clerk 43-3031 8.44 14.41
Payroll & Timekeeping Clerk 43-3051 8.72 14.02
Customer Service Rep 43-4051 7.74 25.97
Info & Records Clerk 43-4199 8.89 14.90
Shipping, Receiving, Traffic Clerk 43-5071 7.11 12.14
Executive Secretary & Administrative Assistant 43-6011 11.46 19.68
Secretary (ex legal, medical) 43-6014 7.86 12.98
Data Entry Keyer 43-9021 7.52 11.58
Computer & Information Technology SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Computer Programmer 15-1021 14.30 26.99
Network & Computer Systems Administrator 15-1071 14.84 24.52
Architecture & Engineering SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Civil Engineer 17-2051 22.59 37.74
Electronics Engineer (ex computer) 17-2072 27.88 34.78
Mechanical Engineer 17-2141 29.54 46.47
Architectural & Civil Drafter 17-3011 7.47 15.71
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician 17-3023 16.03 30.30
Construction & Maintenance SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Supervisor of Trades Workers 47-1011 11.80 21.55
Carpenter 47-2031 7.81 12.15
Construction Laborer 47-2061 6.84 9.43
Equipment Operator 47-2073 9.68 13.35
Electrician 47-2111 9.44 15.23
Painter 47-2141 8.12 12.52
Auto Service Mechanic & Technician 49-3023 7.81 17.08
Industrial Machinery Mechanic 49-9041 9.39 20.11
Maintenance & Repair Worker 49-9042 7.28 11.66
Machinery Maintenance 49-9043 8.29 15.39
Production & Transportation SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Production Supervisor 51-1011 11.77 21.57
Team Assemblers 51-2092 6.80 9.46
Assembler & Fabricator 51-2099 6.88 8.99
Computer Controlled Machine Tool Operator 51-4011 8.64 11.79
Grinding, Lapping, Polishing Machine Tool Setters 51-4033 7.93 10.60
Lathe & Turning Machine Tool Setters, Operators 51-4034 7.58 11.92
Machinist 51-4041 8.71 14.24
Tool & Die Maker 51-4111 12.48 18.07
Welder, Cutter, Solderer, Brazer 51-4121 7.85 13.93
Quality Inspector, Tester, Sorter, Sampler, Weigher 51-9061 6.85 13.08
Truck Driver, Heavy 53-3032 8.98 17.61
Truck Driver, Light 53-3033 7.32 13.18
Conveyor Operator 53-7011 7.32 9.49
Industrial Truck & Tractor Operator 53-7051 6.83 10.21
Material Movers 53-7062 6.75 8.85
Life & Physical Science SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Agricultural & Food Science Technician 19-4011 8.85 15.40
Environmental Science Technician 19-4091 16.79 25.44
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Registered Nurse 29-1111 22.88 34.27
Physical Therapist 29-1123 27.59 47.01
Medical & Clinical Lab Technician 29-2012 9.81 15.01
LPN and LVN 29-2061 14.43 21.92
Medical Records Technician 29-2071 8.66 14.58
Physical Therapist Assistant 31-2021 15.49 40.39
Medical Transcriptionist 31-9094 10.09 18.01
Sales, Marketing, Design & Related SOC Code Starting Wage Experienced Wage
Graphic Designer 27-1024 9.92 17.29
Retail Sales Person 41-2031 6.70 10.92
Sales Rep (mfg. technical, scientific) 41-4011 12.70 37.05
Sales Rep (services, all other) 41-3099 10.10 26.52
Source: Texas Labor Market Information (http://www.tracer2.com); 2009 data annual average of region’s MSA (as of May 2009)
(1) Standard Occupational Code
Employment Taxes & Mandated Benefits
Tax / Benefit Rate / Basis Administering Agency
Disability Insurance
Employment Training Tax
Unemployment Insurance* 0.26% to 6.26% on
$9,000 taxable wage base
Average rate is 0.99%
Texas Workforce Commission
Tax Department
101 E. 15th Street
Austin, TX 78778
Workers’ Compensation Non-mandatory
Family Leave
Source: Texas Workforce Commission, Tax Department. (www.twc.state.tx.us/ui/tax/uitaxrates) (as of May 2009)
*New employers start at a tax rate of 2.7% or the applicable industry average tax rate for their NAICS, whichever is higher. Employers keep the entry level rate for approximately 18 months