Skilled, Reliable Workforce
The center of a well-trained available workforce, New Braunfels touts a strong work ethic among its population. The diverse industry sector employs workers in a variety of professions including: aerospace, automotive, construction, engineering, financial, healthcare and manufacturing.
In the last 16 years, the workforce has increased by almost 85% and new primary jobs have more than doubled adding an average of 966 new jobs per year. Both the Civilian Labor Force and Employed base have steadily increased
In March 2020, the first NBEDC Primary Workforce Study whitepaper was commissioned pre-pandemic and included an employer survey. While the survey was put on hold, the study was continued and is now available. The mission of the study was to analyze the current workforce environment and due to the most recent data. To view the 2020 Workforce Study Booklet, click here.
Here are some of the study findings:
- Comal County, TX is a hotspot for primary employer jobs. The national average for an area this size is 38,443 employees, while there are 43,182 here.
- Earnings are low in Comal County, TX. The national median salary for your occupations is $34,546, compared to $29,845 here.
- Job posting activity is about average in Comal County, TX. The national average for an area this size is 1,194 job posting/mo, while there is 1,117 here.
The Primary Industry Summary provides a detailed summary of the data related to a specific industry (primary employers, defined by NAICS code), including jobs and occupations, trends, growth, demographics, and more. For Comal County, the 13,000+ jobs for the primary industries collectively outweigh the national average by 50%.
Regional Compensation is 14% lower than the Nation.
For occupation average compensation, the 2018 median wage in Comal County, TX was $29,845, while the national median was was $34,546. Local employers can benefit from lower, more economical occupational wages in Comal County and surrounding areas. While the high volume of those employees may come from the retail and tourism industry jobs, most of the skills gained can be transferable to any industry.
Industry Group Jobs and Earnings Comparison
Comparing primary industry jobs and earnings in Comal County, the utilities trade appears to provide the highest wages, followed by wholesale trade, oil & gas, and manufacturing; while the retail trade supplies the highest number of jobs. The construction industry has the larges number of employers and employs the 3rd highest number of employees. Earnings in the construction industry are nearly half of the utilities trade.
Primary occupations (as defined by the primary employers in Comal County) collectively are higher than the national average while the wages are slightly below the national average. The highest paid industries in Comal County are management of companies sector, followed by the utilities industry. Additionally, the governmental sector hires the most employees for jobs for Comal County. Digging deeper, it is noteworthy that all of the primary industry earnings per worker are much higher than the average county wage of $21/hour.
Occupation Group Jobs and Earnings Comparison
Different than the industry group jobs and earnings comparison, the occupation group jobs and earnings comparison compare occupations within an industry rather than an industry as a whole. Occupations determined by the Primary Employer using a NAICS code dataset reveal office and administrative occupations hire the largest number of people while management occupations aware the highest salaries. Most notably, Architecture and Engineering occupations have the second-highest salaries.
More than 10,000 unique job postings indicate a highly active market and contributes to the reputation of a quality workforce in New Braunfels and Comal County. In total, there were 54,186 job postings from Feb. 2019 to Aug. 2019, of which 10,874 of those job postings were unique. These numbers give us a posting intensity of 5"1, meaning that for every 5 postings, there is 1 unique job posting. This is close the posting intensity for all other occupations and companies located with the region, indicating they are putting average effort toward hiring for this position.
There are 1,792 advertised salary observations (16% of the 10,874 matching postings.) More than 700 of these job postings were likely for seasonal poistions that suppor the tourism and retail industries within New Braunfels and Comal County. The majority of salaried positions were for entry-level and skilled positions.