Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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Southeast Region

counties and position in Texas

Southeast Region
gross domestic product,

About 2 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

Southeast Region Counties:

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

The 15-county Southeast region covers about 12,800 square miles, stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to Nacogdoches along the Louisiana border.

The region contains one metropolitan statistical area (MSA), the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA. It comprises Hardin, Jefferson, Newton and Orange counties. In 2020, more than $311 billion of goods were exported from the region’s five official ports of entry.

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Population Change

The region’s population changed little between 2010 and 2020. Polk County saw the greatest percentage rise in population at 10.4 percent.




Jobs & Wages

More than 280,000 people are employed in the region, with about 57 percent located in the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA. Several of the most concentrated industries are related to manufacturing. These industries have a high location quotient or LQ (above 1.25), indicating the region may possess a competitive advantage in those industries.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment in the Southeast Region fell by 4.2%, compared to growth in Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Southeast Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 4,849 $148,252 23.55
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 1,301 $59,712 19.84
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 314 $101,029 13.57
Basic Chemical Manufacturing 3,730 $137,069 13.39
Veneer, Plywood and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 1,634 $52,687 10.89

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Southeast Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $25,611 560 14.2%
Outpatient Care Centers $50,888 444 37.9%
Couriers and Express Delivery Services $39,890 424 70.8%
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $58,032 400 62.6%
Individual and Family Services $26,568 353 9.8%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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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