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Exhibit 5

Most Competitive Industries, Alamo Region, 2003-2008


Exhibit 5 lists the Alamo region’s most competitive industries based on shift-share analysis. The industries are ranked based on their employment change in the regional competitiveness component (and thus the industry’s comparative advantage in the region) between 2002 and 2008.


Rank Description Super Sector National Growth Effect Industry Mix Effect Competitive Effect Jobs Added
1 Limited-service eating places Leisure and Hospitality 1,668 3,039 3,847 8,554
2 Full-service restaurants Leisure and Hospitality 1,645 2,479 3,161 7,285
3 Local government Government 6,144 -110 2,929 8,963
4 Department stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 431 -817 2,535 2,149
5 Residential building construction Construction 200 -195 2,499 2,504
6 Office administrative services Professional and Business Services 96 457 2,309 2,862
7 Offices of physicians Educational and Health Services 794 1,209 2,211 4,214
8 Telephone call centers Professional and Business Services 379 648 2,177 3,204
9 Automobile and light truck manufacturing Manufacturing 2 -14 1,962 1,950
10 Commercial banking Financial Activities 411 -6 1,919 2,324
11 Management of companies and enterprises Professional and Business Services 305 259 1,762 2,326
12 Insurance agencies and brokerages Financial Activities 213 42 1,620 1,875
13 Janitorial services Professional and Business Services 258 346 1,513 2,117
14 Supermarkets and other grocery stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 798 -412 1,444 1,830
15 Nursing care facilities Educational and Health Services 583 -334 1,399 1,648
16 Hotels and motels, except casino hotels Leisure and Hospitality 639 -57 1,350 1,932
17 Direct insurers, except life and health Professional and Business Services 682 -1,409 1,295 568
18 Appliance, TV, and other electronics stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 110 214 1,273 1,597
19 Engineering services Professional and Business Services 232 764 1,265 2,261
20 Motor vehicle seating and interior trim mfg. Manufacturing 2 -6 1,197 1,193
21 Television broadcasting Information 26 -26 1,172 1,172
22 Other heavy construction Construction 55 -41 1,042 1,056
23 Home centers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 207 365 997 1,569
24 New car dealers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 472 -1,058 964 378
25 Federal government, civilian, except postal service Government 1,361 -589 955 1,727
26 Drywall and insulation contractors Construction 85 -88 907 904
27 All other general merchandise stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 88 -63 899 924
28 Highway, street, and bridge construction Construction 151 -350 881 682
29 Elementary and secondary schools Educational and Health Services 106 276 879 1,261
30 Other services to buildings and dwellings Professional and Business Services 34 14 866 914
31 Savings institutions Financial Activities 286 -928 863 221
32 Poured concrete structure contractors Construction 123 105 857 1,085
33 Bread and bakery product manufacturing Manufacturing 105 -188 847 764
34 Management consulting services Professional and Business Services 134 596 826 1,556
35 Other support activities for air transport. Trade, Transportation and Utilities 67 360 801 1,228
36 Data processing and related services Information 231 -476 783 538
37 Pharmacies and drug stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 166 85 776 1,027
38 General medical and surgical hospitals Educational and Health Services 1,093 676 762 2,531
39 Offices of dentists Educational and Health Services 229 235 656 1,120
40 Oil and gas extraction Agriculture, Natural Resources and Mining 51 271 607 929
41 Employment placement agencies Professional and Business Services 89 163 584 836
42 Men’s clothing stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 26 -46 577 557
43 Automotive body, interior, and glass repair Other Services 110 -164 551 497
44 Plate work and fabricated structural products Manufacturing 72 119 535 726
45 Drinking places, alcoholic beverages Leisure and Hospitality 164 -352 521 333
46 Offices of real estate agents and brokers Financial Activities 74 57 498 629
47 General line grocery merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 88 32 498 618
48 Security and armored car services Professional and Business Services 189 237 481 907
49 Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing Manufacturing 9 -13 471 467
50 Other residential care facilities Educational and Health Services 78 -46 459 491

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

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Exhibit 6

Alamo Region, Five Most Competitive Industries by Area

San Antonio MSA
Description Supersector Industry National Growth Effect Industry Mix Effect Regional Competitive Effect Total Jobs Added Since 2003
Local government Government 5,220 -94 4,161 9,287
Limited-service eating places Leisure and Hospitality 1,488 2,711 3,554 7,753
Full-service restaurants Leisure and Hospitality 1,475 2,222 2,945 6,642
Offices of physicians Educational and Health Services 696 1,060 2,387 4,143
Residential building construction Construction 167 -163 2,292 2,296
Victoria MSA
Description Supersector Industry National Growth Effect Industry Mix Effect Regional Competitive Effect Total Jobs Added Since 2003
All other chemical preparation manufacturing Manufacturing 0 -2 345 343
Department stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 28 -52 337 313
Temporary help services Professional and Business Services 15 14 292 321
Fertilizer manufacturing Manufacturing 0 -0 290 290
Plastics packaging materials, film and sheet Manufacturing 16 -26 271 261
Non-Metro Counties
Description Supersector Industry National Growth Effect Industry Mix Effect Regional Competitive Effect Total Jobs Added Since 2003
Department stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 1 -1 890 890
Limited-service eating places Leisure and Hospitality 80 145 398 623
Residential building construction Construction 23 -22 284 285
Plate work and fabricated structural products Manufacturing 12 21 264 297
Broadwoven fabric mills Manufacturing 15 -166 213 62

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

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