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Texas in Focus: Upper Rio Grande


Exhibit 5

Most Competitive Industries, Upper Rio Grande Region, 2003-2008


Exhibit 5 lists the Upper Rio Grande 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 Telephone call centers Professional and Business Services 74 48 4,446 4,568
2 Federal government, military Government 621 -875 3,896 3,642
3 Local government Government 2,164 309 1,941 4,414
4 Full-service restaurants Leisure and Hospitality 415 888 1,523 2,825
5 Federal government, civilian, except postal service Government 407 349 1,431 2,187
6 Residential building construction Construction 48 -11 1,039 1,076
7 Computer systems design and related services Professional and Business Services 26 100 965 1,091
8 Wired telecommunications carriers Information 69 -460 794 403
9 Services for the elderly and disabled Educational and Health Services 6 73 684 763
10 Collection agencies Professional and Business Services 53 18 640 711
11 Department stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 168 -501 638 304
12 Marketing research and public opinion polling Professional and Business Services 2 -2 631 630
13 Drywall and insulation contractors Construction 28 -25 530 534
14 Office administrative services Professional and Business Services 25 164 516 704
15 Home centers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 28 78 496 602
16 General freight trucking, local Trade, Transportation and Utilities 51 -68 490 473
17 Metal valve manufacturing Manufacturing 2 -6 475 471
18 Engineering services Professional and Business Services 37 115 425 578
19 General freight trucking, long-distance Trade, Transportation and Utilities 188 16 417 620
20 New car dealers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 148 -343 408 212
21 Iron and steel mills and ferroalloy manufacturing Manufacturing 10 -24 399 384
22 Other outpatient care centers Educational and Health Services 22 124 387 533
23 Highway, street, and bridge construction Construction 29 -84 355 300
24 Wireless telecommunications carriers Information 17 -21 351 347
25 Truck, trailer, and RV rental and leasing Financial Activities 7 -9 344 342
26 General warehousing and storage Trade, Transportation and Utilities 43 223 341 607
27 All other nonmetallic mineral products manufacturing Manufacturing 1 3 339 343
28 Shoe stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 30 1 309 341
29 Offices of physicians Educational and Health Services 180 351 296 826
30 Community care facilities for the elderly Educational and Health Services 19 84 289 393
31 Plumbing and HVAC contractors Construction 89 233 283 605
32 Drinking places, alcoholic beverages Leisure and Hospitality 50 -139 279 191
33 Other nondepository credit intermediation Financial Activities 37 -39 260 258
34 Offices of real estate agents and brokers Financial Activities 16 25 253 294
35 Hardware stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 12 -34 244 222
36 Freight transportation arrangement Trade, Transportation and Utilities 44 53 242 339
37 Land subdivision Construction 6 -11 240 234
38 Commercial building construction Construction 77 21 238 337
39 Electric appliance merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 14 -11 238 242
40 Plastics pipe, fittings, and profile shapes Manufacturing 3 -7 234 230
41 State government Government 448 -96 230 582
42 Family clothing stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 61 201 229 491
43 Accounting and bookkeeping services Professional and Business Services 67 113 229 410
44 Credit unions Financial Activities 49 159 226 435
45 Medical equipment merchant wholesalers Trade, Transportation and Utilities 10 29 223 262
46 Radio broadcasting Information 9 -14 223 218
47 Hardware manufacturing Manufacturing 0 -1 209 208
48 Pharmacies and drug stores Trade, Transportation and Utilities 52 34 208 295
49 Real estate property managers Financial Activities 22 61 208 291
50 Framing contractors Construction 5 -23 207 190

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists Inc.

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