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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Region Report

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Regional Snapshot

Northwest Region

counties and position in Texas

Northwest Region
gross domestic product,
2020

1.4 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

Northwest Region Counties:

  • Archer
  • Baylor
  • Brown
  • Callahan
  • Clay
  • Coleman
  • Comanche
  • Cottle
  • Eastland
  • Fisher
  • Foard
  • Hardeman
  • Haskell
  • Jack
  • Jones
  • Kent
  • Knox
  • Mitchell
  • Montague
  • Nolan
  • Runnels
  • Scurry
  • Shackelford
  • Stephens
  • Stonewall
  • Taylor
  • Throckmorton
  • Wichita
  • Wilbarger
  • Young

The 30-county Northwest region covers about 27,600 square miles, stretching from Oklahoma south to the Colorado River and abutting Big Spring in the west and the Fort Worth metro in the east.

The region includes two metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the Abilene MSA, comprising Callahan, Jones and Taylor counties, and the Wichita Falls MSA, comprising Archer, Clay and Wichita counties.

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Population Change

The region’s population remained relatively constant between 2010 and 2020. Taylor County led regional population gains during this period at 8.9 percent.

REGION
-0.2%

TEXAS
15.9%

U.S.
7.4%


Jobs & Wages

Nearly 225,000 people were employed in the region in 2020. Several manufacturing industries have a location quotient (LQ) of 1.25 or higher, indicating the region has a competitive advantage in those industries. Health care industries led regional job growth between 2015 and 2020.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment in the Northwest Region fell by -0.9%, compared to growth by Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Northwest Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Lime and Gypsum Product Manufacturing 559 $70,387 24.80
Footwear Manufacturing 251 $35,197 15.39
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 750 $50,487 13.78
Oil and Gas Extraction 2,402 $81,760 11.79
Support Activities for Mining 4,168 $67,938 11.52

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Northwest Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $53,879 737 7.5%
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $24,513 714 26.6%
Vocational Rehabilitation Services $34,239 536 149.6%
Offices of Physicians $90,678 464 11.9%
Business Support Services $27,706 383 17.1%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

THE Northwest REGION IS ONE OF THE COMPTROLLER’S 12 ECONOMIC REGIONS.

Read all the 2022 Regional Reports.

Sources: JobsEQ; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; U.S. Census Bureau; U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts