Health care, government jobs lead San AngeloHealth care, government jobs lead San Angelohttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=81192013-02-25T10:53:00Z2013-02-25T00:00:00Z

SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY - The San Angelo area last year led all Texas local labor markets in its rate of increase for health and education workers: 5.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The figures are from 2011, the most recent year for which statistics are available.

The health care and social services sector is far and away the biggest single employment sector in the county. Privately employed doctors, nurses, therapists and social workers, nearly 9,000, make up 13 percent of the workforce, one of about every seven jobs.

Public sector payrolls, including military, federal civilian and state and local government, had over 12,000 workers earning just over $800 million. Governments employ 18 percent of the workforce and issue close to a third of the county’s total wages.

Over the past decade, local and state government employment — which includes local public school teachers and personnel at Angelo State University — has dropped slightly, but federal civilian and military employment both have increased about 10 percent.

The retail sector has been steady over the past decade at just over 6,000 workers or about 9 percent of the workforce. Construction has declined, but the number of self-employed proprietors has increased significantly, an indication that many tradesmen who ten years ago worked for an hourly wage may now be independent contractors.

Manufacturing jobs went down by 8 percent, but mining — which in this part of the country means oil and gas extraction — advanced by 70 percent, accounting for about 3,000 jobs in 2011.

In the past two years, the unemployment rate dropped from 6.4 percent to 4.3 percent while simultaneously the labor force expanded by 2,000 jobs.

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