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Exhibit 5

Most Competitive Industries, Central Texas Region, 2008


Exhibit 5 lists the Central Texas 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 Federal government, military Government 2,411 (3,616) 8,564 7,359
2 State government Government 1,825 (451) 2,555 3,929
3 General medical and surgical hospitals Educational and Health Services 664 411 1,431 2,505
4 Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing Manufacturing 27 (19) 1,333 1,341
5 Wireless telecommunications carriers Information 12 (7) 1,177 1,183
6 Department stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 166 (314) 1,097 949
7 General warehousing and storage Trade, Transportation and Utilities 10 42 1,016 1,068
8 Limited-service eating places Leisure and Hospitality 789 1,438 830 3,056
9 Other nondepository credit intermediation Financial Activities 91 (312) 793 573
10 Facilities support services Professional and Business Services 56 212 762 1,031
11 Full-service restaurants Leisure and Hospitality 545 821 726 2,092
12 Site preparation contractors Construction 53 82 682 817
13 Commercial banking Financial Activities 221 (3) 598 816
14 Direct life and health insurance carriers Financial Activities 36 (37) 563 562
15 Crop and animal production Agriculture, Natural Resources and Mining 232 (1,028) 492 (305)
16 Other household and institutional furniture Manufacturing 67 (425) 479 122
17 Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing Manufacturing 41 (57) 443 428
18 Wood kitchen cabinet and countertop manufacturing Manufacturing 41 (61) 442 422
19 All other general merchandise stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 46 (33) 431 445
20 New car dealers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 204 (456) 412 159
21 Mining and oil and gas field machinery manufacturing Manufacturing 12 67 408 487
22 All other fabricated metal product manufacturing Manufacturing 32 (15) 405 421
23 Federal government, civilian, except postal service Government 584 (253) 378 709
24 Collection agencies Professional and Business Services 5 (1) 370 374
25 Oil and gas pipeline construction Construction 15 111 346 472
26 All other wood product manufacturing Manufacturing 55 (229) 346 173
27 Cement manufacturing Manufacturing 6 (2) 344 349
28 Hotels and motels, except casino hotels Leisure and Hospitality 127 (11) 342 458
29 Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing Manufacturing 21 (21) 340 340
30 Electrical contractors Construction 104 16 325 444
31 Computer systems design and related services Professional and Business Services 73 310 325 706
32 Soft drink and ice manufacturing Manufacturing 26 (47) 322 301
33 Engineering services Professional and Business Services 97 319 316 732
34 Other specialized trucking, local Trade, Transportation and Utilities 16 0 308 324
35 Water and sewer system construction Construction 49 8 307 363
36 Commercial machinery repair and maintenance Other Services 17 55 303 375
37 Dairy product merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 4 2 292 297
38 Postal service Trade, Transportation and Utilities 109 (316) 286 79
39 Ambulance services Educational and Health Services 13 51 273 338
40 Offices of physicians Educational and Health Services 271 412 249 932
41 Office administrative services Professional and Business Services 27 129 246 402
42 Educational support services Educational and Health Services 10 99 245 354
43 Computer and software merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 10 (17) 226 219
44 Supermarkets and other grocery stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 337 (174) 222 385
45 Farm and garden equipment merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 21 (16) 219 225
46 Plumbing and HVAC contractors Construction 149 289 216 654
47 Veterinary services Professional and Business Services 43 105 216 364
48 Battery manufacturing Manufacturing 1 (3) 211 209
49 Men’s clothing stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 4 (8) 211 208
50 Real estate property managers Financial Activities 27 55 208 290

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

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