Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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The Texas Comptroller’s office divides the 261,000 square miles of Texas into 12 economic regions. Each region has at least one Census Bureau-defined metropolitan statistical area (MSA), which is an area with relatively high population density and close economic integration.

Regions of Texas

$2.4 Trillion

gross domestic product,

Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

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Population Change (2012 to 2022)

Texas’ population rose by over 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, compared to a 6.2 percent increase nationwide. Population growth was strongest in the Capital region (30.9%), followed by the Metroplex (19.3%), Gulf Coast (18.4%), and Alamo (16.8%) regions. Despite overall growth, 137 of the 254 counties in the state lost population during this time.



Jobs & Wages

Percent change in total jobs, 2012 to 2022

The number of jobs in Texas increased 23.5% and in the U.S. 13.9%.

Texas added more than 2.5 million jobs between 2012 and 2022, an increase of 23.5 percent, almost 10 percent higher than the national growth rate. Energy-related industries are highly concentrated in Texas, as measured by location quotient (LQ). An LQ of 1.25 or higher indicates that the industry enjoys a competitive advantage in the region compared to other areas. Jobs in warehousing and storage saw exceptional growth in recent years, as did services related to computer systems design and management services.

Health care, education-related industries, and restaurants and other eating establishments employ the largest numbers of Texans. While the most concentrated industries by location quotient (LQ) are indicative of the state’s history as an energy producer.

Top Industries by Location Quotient, 2022

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Top Capital Region Industries by Location Quotient, 2022
Industry Employment Average Annual Wages Location Quotient
Oil and Gas Extraction 60,131 $224,385 5.96
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 5,578 $132,853 5.73
Support Activities for Mining 125,858 $112,149 5.37
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 12,326 $197,293 4.26
Hunting and Trapping 539 $46,967 2.85

Industries with Largest Total Jobs Growth, 2012 to 2022

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Capital Region Industries with Largest Total Growth, 2012 to 2022
Industry Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Percent Employment Change, 2012 to 2022 Average Annual Wages
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 40,186 223.8% $159,004
Restaurants and Other Eating Places 27,357 39.1% $28,118
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 19,338 171.2% $101,100
Management of Companies and Enterprises 16,811 345.9% $154,412
Employment Services 13,942 77.9% $63,051

Glenn Hegar

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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