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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

Upper East Region

counties and position in Texas

Upper East Region
gross domestic product,
2020

About 3 percent of Texas’ GDP of $1.8 trillion.

Upper East Region Counties:

  • Anderson
  • Bowie
  • Camp
  • Cass
  • Cherokee
  • Delta
  • Franklin
  • Gregg
  • Harrison
  • Henderson
  • Hopkins
  • Lamar
  • Marion
  • Morris
  • Panola
  • Rains
  • Red River
  • Rusk
  • Smith
  • Titus
  • Upshur
  • Van Zandt
  • Wood

The 23-county Upper East region encompasses about 16,000 square miles in the northeast corner of Texas, stretching from the Arkansas and Louisiana borders in the east to Cedar Creek Reservoir in the west.

The region includes three metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs): the Longview MSA, comprising Gregg, Rusk and Upshur counties; the Texarkana MSA, which comprises Bowie County; and the Tyler MSA, comprising Smith County.

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Population Change

Van Zandt County led regional percentage gains between 2010 and 2020 at 13.2 percent, followed by gains of 11.5 percent in Rains County and 11.3 percent in Smith County.

REGION
3.4%

TEXAS
15.9%

U.S.
7.4%


Jobs & Wages

About 462,000 people were employed in the region in 2020. Railroad equipment manufacturing, rail transportation support, and support activities for mining are some of the most concentrated industries in the region as measured by location quotient (LQ), indicating the region has a competitive advantage in those industries.

Percent change in total jobs, 2010 to 2020

Employment growth in the Upper East Region was 2.2%, compared to Texas at 17.1% and the U.S. at 7.8%.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2020

Top Upper East Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2020
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing 816 $88,341 11.94
Support Activities for Rail Transportation 992 $60,254 9.18
Support Activities for Mining 6,352 $75,448 8.55
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing 3,559 $44,324 7.84
Animal Production (Proprietors) 7,585 $13,962 5.69

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2015 to 2020

Upper East Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2015 to 2020
Industry Average Annual Wages Employment Change, 2015 to 2020 Percent Employment Change, 2015 to 2020
Individual and Family Services $23,244 3,248 77.9%
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $30,963 2,071 33.5%
Services to Buildings and Dwellings $25,175 1,520 22.2%
Business Support Services $34,130 936 58.3%
Outpatient Care Centers $51,911 885 61.7%

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

THE Upper East 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