Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Regional Snapshot

Southeast Region

As the state’s chief financial officer, I am charged with monitoring the economic health of our state and its regions. The state of Texas has 12 economic regions including the Southeast Region.

The 15-county Southeast Region covers about 12,800 square miles in easternmost Texas, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Nacogdoches along the Louisiana border. Below we examine demographic and economic statistics that influence the region’s economy.

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Southeast Region Counties:

  • Angelina
  • Hardin
  • Houston
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Nacogdoches
  • Newton
  • Orange
  • Polk
  • Sabine
  • San Augustine
  • San Jacinto
  • Shelby
  • Trinity
  • Tyler

Concentrated Industries:

  • Petroleum and Coal
  • Products Manufacturing
  • Forestry and Logging
  • Pipeline Transportation
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Wood Product
  • Manufacturing
  • Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
  • Construction of Buildings
  • Support Activities for Mining
  • Justice, Public Order and Safety Activities
  • Paper Manufacturing

Source: JobsEQ®

Population Growth SOUTHEAST REGION VS.
TEXAS AND U.S., 2010-2017




Source: U.S. Census Bureau

The Southeast Region has seen limited population growth since 2010, and residents of 14 of its 15 counties are significantly older than the state’s median age. However, Nacogdoches County has a significantly younger population than the state.

Regional Receipts Subject To Sales Tax, 2007-2017

Sales receipts subject to state sales tax directly attributable to the Southeast Region trended upward in the past decade.

Revenue Subject to Sales Tax, 2007 to 2017
Year Southeast Region
2007 $6,460,924,971
2008 $7,021,582,817
2009 $6,495,404,231
2010 $6,380,563,564
2011 $6,633,000,036
2012 $6,880,663,472
2013 $7,081,774,651
2014 $7,309,071,262
2015 $7,300,392,403
2016 $7,199,656,596
2017 $7,426,568,464

Source: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

JOBS & WAGE CHANGES, 2007-2017

In 2017, the Southeast Region accounted for approximately 2 percent of the state’s total employment.

Comparing Southeast Region vs. Texas and U.S. jobs and wages, 2007-2017
AreaChange in Wages*Change in Jobs**
Southeast Region10.7%-2.3%
Texas 5.6% 17.4%
U.S. 5.4% 6.3%

*Real rate of change
**Figures include private and public sector employees with the exception of active-duty military personnel, railroad employees, religious institution employees and the self-employed.

Sources: JobsEQ and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


The Southeast Region took longer than most regions in Texas to recover from the 2009 recession. However, the trend has been upward since then, with receipts subject to state sales tax continuing to grow in 2017. While the region has had slower employment growth than the rest of the state, the average wage increase was double the state average between 2007 and 2017. The most concentrated industries in the region involve chemical and petroleum products production and construction services, which add to the vibrancy of the Southeast Region’s economy.

The Southeast Region is one of the Comptroller’s 12 economic regions. View a complete list of these regions, plus more in-depth county-by-county data.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding the material on this page, please contact the Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency Division.