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Exhibit 5

Most Competitive Industries, Gulf Coast Region, 2004-2009


Exhibit 5 lists the Gulf Coast 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 2004 and 2009.


Description Super Sector National Growth Effect Industry Mix Effect Competitive Effect Jobs Added
Temporary help services Professional and Business Services 297 (11,592) 12,086 791
Local government Government 1,586 9,202 9,157 19,945
Full-service restaurants Leisure and Hospitality 485 5,198 6,748 12,431
Limited-service restaurants Leisure and Hospitality 385 3,937 6,102 10,424
Offices of physicians, except mental health Educational and Healthcare Services 210 3,949 5,126 9,285
Office administrative services Professional and Business Services 72 2,437 4,752 7,261
Oil and gas pipeline construction Construction 52 3,934 4,346 8,332
Discount Department Stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 58 357 4,110 4,525
Managing offices Financial Activities 66 861 3,837 4,764
Industrial machinery merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 103 (60) 3,814 3,857
Employment placement agencies Professional and Business Services 59 (1,085) 3,555 2,529
Engineering services Professional and Business Services 236 3,849 3,484 7,569
Home health care services Educational and Healthcare Services 170 8,016 3,243 11,429
Supermarkets and other grocery stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 266 448 3,011 3,725
Physical, engineering and biological research Professional and Business Services 31 664 2,946 3,641
Commercial building construction Construction 94 150 2,890 3,134
New car dealers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 134 (3,909) 2,782 (993)
Oil and gas field machinery and equipment Manufacturing 128 7,485 2,754 10,367
Nonresidential drywall contractors Construction 43 (744) 2,682 1,981
Scheduled passenger air transportation Trade, Transportation and Utilities 131 (2,269) 2,485 347
Machine shops Manufacturing 37 116 2,403 2,556
Water and sewer system construction Construction 45 (624) 2,125 1,546
Security guards and patrol services Professional and Business Services 81 1,423 2,003 3,507
General medical and surgical hospitals Educational and Healthcare Services 368 4,780 1,887 7,035
Power and communication system construction Construction 16 303 1,871 2,190
Professional employer organizations Professional and Business Services 26 (1,759) 1,725 (8)
All other nonresidential trade contractors Construction 38 (424) 1,656 1,270
Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing Manufacturing 8 (580) 1,652 1,080
Federal government, civilian, except postal service Government 106 1,182 1,632 2,920
Plate work manufacturing Manufacturing 17 52 1,588 1,657
State government Government 494 1,834 1,532 3,860
Administrative management consulting services Professional and Business Services 35 1,610 1,503 3,148
All other general merchandise stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 36 186 1,486 1,708
Fabricated structural metal manufacturing Manufacturing 16 9 1,421 1,446
Commercial machinery repair and maintenance Other Services 42 937 1,394 2,373
Marine cargo handling Trade, Transportation and Utilities 32 (18) 1,355 1,369
Wholesale trade agents and brokers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 69 2,491 1,343 3,903
Other chemicals merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 33 (54) 1,328 1,307
Nonresidential plumbing and HVAC contractors Construction 56 294 1,258 1,608
Other management consulting services Professional and Business Services 18 228 1,256 1,502
Hotels and motels, except casino hotels Leisure and Hospitality 125 (488) 1,254 891
New single-family general contractors Construction 48 (2,322) 1,254 (1,020)
Petrochemical manufacturing Manufacturing 80 (1,722) 1,238 (404)
Other credit intermediation activities Financial Activities 8 (102) 1,221 1,127
Switchgear and switchboard apparatus mfg. Manufacturing 11 (133) 1,208 1,086
Other heavy construction Construction 35 93 1,192 1,320
Nonresidential poured foundation contractors Construction 22 220 1,184 1,426
Nursing care facilities Educational and Healthcare Services 86 407 1,125 1,618
Pharmacies and drug stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 66 585 1,109 1,760
Highway, street and bridge construction Construction 60 (1,242) 1,095 (87)

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

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