New investments and recent expansions in the area have helped to create a stable and growing economy for the Longview area. Longview has consistently maintained a cost of living at least 10% below the national average. Average Weekly Wages have increased steadily over the last several decades, as have per capita income and median effective buying income. Texas led the nation in job growth from 2006 to 2009. Unemployment for the Longview Labor Market Draw area maintained at 8% during 2009-2010 and in 2011 is under 8%.