Profile: Industry Trends

The Rural Capital Area (RCA) currently employs over 309,000 people in a diverse range of industries.

Employment by Industry Rural Capital Area 2018

The largest industries in the RCA are:

All industry sectors grew in the Rural Capital Area between 2008 and 2018. The fastest growing sectors during this period were Health Services & Private Education (+82% growth), Leisure and Hospitality (+63%), and Manufacturing (+44%). These three sectors all grew much faster than the national rates, which were 26%, 21% and -6% growth respectively.

Employment by County 2018 Employment

Employment is spread roughly proportional to residency across the Rural Capital Area. Williamson County hosts the greatest number of jobs with 173,000 and 56% of regional employment. The next largest employment counties are Hays County with 23% of regional jobs and Bastrop County with 6%. Employment has grown in all counties between 2008 and 2018, but growth was greatest in Hays County (+50% growth), Williamson County (+42%), Bastrop County (+33%), Caldwell County (+32%) and Lee County (+29%).

Employment by County Total Growth 2008-2018