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Labor Force

Longview business and industry attracts employees from a 12-county region surrounding the city. With a population of 690,000, this region has over 300,000 workers. A large manufacturing base, in addition to local colleges, universities, and technical schools, contribute to an abundance of workers with a variety of skills for today’s economy.

 Labor Market Profile for Gregg County, by TIP Strategies, June 2013



Labor Participation Rate

Longview City 64.4%
Labor Market Commute Area 59.7%





Labor Market Draw Area
Labor Force Summary 
(April 2017)
Labor Force 309,403
Total Employment 293,252
Number Unemployed 16,151
Percent Unemployed 5.2%

Source: Texas Workforce Commission.
Labor Market Commute Area is 12 counties: Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Morris, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Upshur, Wood.


Longview MSA
Average Hourly Wage Rates
Occupation Average Wage
Machinist $20.72
CNC Operator $19.85
Welder $22.98
Machinery-Maintenance Worker $21.29
Crane Operator $24.74
Truck Driver $20.33
Team Assembler $12.39
General Laborer $12.62
Shipping Clerk $14.95
Secretary $13.88
Customer Service Representative (43-4051) $13.97
All Occupations $19.49

Source: Texas Workforce Commission.       May 2016
Longview MSA = Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties


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