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Published on Oct 28, 2014
Increasingly, companies are taking a long, hard look at the quality and quantity of a workforce in deciding where to do business. And while the Texas Miracle has attracted the attention of employers across the country and the globe, a corner of Texas east of Dallas is quietly outperforming the state in a number of important ways.
After healthcare, the largest employment by industry in Kilgore is manufacturing. More than 20% of the workforce is employed in goods producing sectors, and employment is concentrated in four industries: fabricated metal products, primary metals, machinery and chemicals. A look at occupational strengths shows an advantageous numbers of skilled welders, machinists and production workers as well as machine operators.
Those same goods producing sectors account for only 9% of the workforce in Texas as a whole.