Employment Sectors

Overall job levels stalled in each of the last recessions but did not take the sharp dive experienced in other places. By 2011, Lubbock had replaced most of the jobs lost during the recessions year of 2009. The pace of job growth in the years ahead is expected to be closely on par with pre-recession years.

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Two relatively stable economic sectors, health care, and education, provide one-quarter (25%) of the Lubbock MSA’s total employment. Employment tied to the Lubbock MSA’s sales and hospitality sectors – hotels, food services, retail stores – aggregate provided more than 30,000 jobs as of 2012.

It is worth reiterating that Lubbock is the largest urban center serving the vast rural area of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. In this capacity, the city services – from retail stores to health care specialties to professional services – are expected to be in relatively high demand.

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