A Desireable, Low-cost Economic and Business Environment

Overall Educational Attainment in Jasper

Jasper’s combination of low taxes, low cost of housing and overall low cost of living means that a lower wage goes further in Jasper. This low cost structure—a total low-cost economic environment—can be a major competitive edge to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and other industries relocating to Jasper.

The labor force of Jasper County totals close to 16,000 workers. For the Workforce Development Association of Deep East Texas, the workforce is about 160,000 workers. The total workforce that lives within a 40-minute commute of Jasper is about 60,000 workers.

The county’s unemployment rate normally runs higher than that of the State of Texas and the region.

Jasper’s available workforce is a major asset to employers. The area’s reasonable wage scale and relatively high unemployment rate combine to give local companies a competitive advantage.

The county typically has a pool of nearly 1,000 workers, both skilled and unskilled, ready for immediate hire. While some are new to the labor market, many are experienced workers with solid employment histories and proven work habits.

2014
Labor Force
2014
Employment
2014
Unemployment
2014
Rate
2013
Labor Force
2013
Employment
2013
Unemployment
2013
Rate
Jasper County 15,685 14,695 990 6.3 15,456 14,066 1,390 9.0
Texas State 13,005,442 12,466,775 538,667 4.1 12,864,202 12,141,766 722,525 5.6
Deep East Texas EDA 161,049 152,864 8,185 5.1 162,216 151,138 11,078 6.8
Angelina County 40,109 38,442 1,667 4.2 39,834 37,660 2,174 5.5
Houston County 7,860 7,393 467 5.9 7,963 7,351 612 7.7
Nacogdoches County 29,931 28,744 1,187 4.0 30,671 28,986 1,685 5.5
Newton County 5,240 4,824 412 7.9 5,432 4,846 586 10.8
Polk County 17,784 16,768 1,016 5.7 18,140 16,868 1,272 7.0
Sabine County 3,419 3,067 352 10.3 3,418 2,968 450 13.2
San Augustine County 3,266 3,019 247 7.6 3,401 3,078 323 9.5
San Jacinto County 11,592 11,064 528 4.6 11,387 10,675 712 6.3
Shelby County 12,298 11,765 533 4.3 12,577 11,790 787 6.3
Trinity County 5,697 5,421 276 4.8 5,725 5,377 348 6.1
Tyler County 8,168 7,658 510 6.2 8,212 7,473 739 9.0
Lufkin City 16,358 15,734 624 3.8 16,330 15,414 916 5.6
Nacogdoches City 15,667 15,061 606 3.9 16,077 15,188 889 5.5

Income and Wages

Median Household Income

  • Texas – $50,740
  • Jasper County – $37,350
  • City of Jasper – $24,075

Wages 

Jasper County averages near $700 per week, versus a statewide Texas average of $922 per week.