Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Job Growth at Round Rock and San Marcos Outlets

Williamson posted 58.9 percent employment growth between 2000 and 2009, ranking it second in the nation, according to a recent report.

The study “Where the Jobs Are” attributed the increase to Dell Inc. in Round Rock and a tech-savvy community that attracts businesses nationwide. The North Austin county also has a growing young population with a robust public school system.

Hays County also made the list, ranking third with 56.4 percent employment growth in the past 10 years. The report attributed most of growth to government hiring and growth at Texas State University—San Marcos. The Prime Outlets of San Marcos and Tanger Factory Outlet Center were also listed as contributors to the rapid increase.

“In a time when most communities are focused on just retaining jobs, San Marcos and other Hays County communities have seen significant job growth,” said Amy Madison, executive director for Economic Development San Marcos.

Texas had the strongest showing in the report with five counties ranked in the top ten, including Williamson and Hays. Fort Bend, Webb and Collin counties were also near the top of the list.

SOURCE: Austin Business Journal

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