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Tyler Texas Jobs, Job Market, Business, and Economy

Jobs, Employment, and Careers

Financial center, downtown, Tyler
Financial center, downtown, Tyler (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

Tyler and the East Texas job market employ a large number of jobs and careers in the manufacturing, healthcare, education, grocery distribution, banking, retail business, information technology, communications, oilfield, petrochemical, natural gas, drilling, and refining job sectors.

Within the City of Tyler are located about 50,000 jobs, with a total of about 103,000 in Smith County.

The workforce consists of thousands of accountants, information technology workers, communications specialists, restaurant employees, hotel workers, bankers, retail sales personnel, health care workers, welders, roughnecks, drillers, truck drivers, oilfield rig mechanics, electricians, and dozens more jobs and occupations in the Tyler job market.

Even in difficult economic times nationally, employment and job search opportunities in Tyler have remained strong, and better than much of the US.

In January of 2013, Tyler was ranked in the top 10 “Best Performing Small Cities” by the Milken Institute.

Employers in the Tyler Texas Area

Major job markets include the oil & gas industry, medical sector, manufacturing, education, grocery distribution, retail distribution, air conditioning equipment manufacturing and banking.

Tyler features a large, state-of-the-art healthcare and medical community, built around a series of major hospital and clinic systems, including the UT Health East Texas (formerly ETMC) and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, that serve all of the East Texas region.

Trinity Mother Frances campus in TylerCHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances campus in Tyler (Photo courtesy of TMF)

Both hospital systems are the largest job employers in the Tyler area, each with over 3,000 employees.

The Brookshire Grocery Company has its corporate headquarters in Tyler. Other major employers include the University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler Junior College, Trane, Carrier, UT Health Center at Tyler, Suddenlink, Target Distribution Center, Tyler Pipe, and Southside Bank.

In addition, public entities including Smith County, the City of Tyler, and the Tyler Independent School District (TISD) employ about 4,000 personnel.

East Texas oil & gas employers include a wide array of companies such as Halliburton, BJ Services, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Baker Petrolite, Cudd Pressure Control, Delek Refining, Eastman, Weatherford International, and hundreds of other small, and large, corporations.

Tyler's long association with the rose and nursery industry provides additional stability and growth, and jobs.

The Tyler Economy

Even in difficult economic times, Tyler's diverse economy remains robust with its base in the manufacturing, retail, oil & gas, education and health care industries. Employment is stable, and better than much of the US. The City of Tyler has successfully dealt with declines in tax revenues without substantial cuts in public services.

The up-to-date Tyler Pounds Regional Airport provides rapid connections to all of the country for both business travel and leisure travel.

Finances and Budget

Completed overpass on Toll Loop 49 Segment 1 near Old Jacksonville Highway in Tyler
Completed overpass on Toll Loop 49 in Tyler (TylerTexasOnline Staff photo)

Texas is one of the few states that in 2019 has a healthy budget. The positive implications of balanced budgets for Texas, and Tyler, are huge. The City of Tyler continues to have a balanced budget and an excellent bond rating.

Tyler Population Growth

According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released in May of 2014, Tyler's population is 100,223, a 3.4% increase from the census total of 96,900 in 2010.

The Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization estimates the population of Tyler in March of 2018 at 105,719. Read current estimates at Census.gov.

Smith County's population was reported in 2010 tobe 209,714, a 20% increase from 174,706 in 2000

Also, Tyler has not been caught up in the unrealistic real estate markets that have plagued other parts of the nation. Most Texas banks retain conservative banking principles.

Scene at the The Village at Cumberland Park, Tyler, Texas, October 1, 2014
Scene at the The Village at Cumberland Park, Tyler, Texas, on the South Broadway Corridor (TylerTexasOnline staff photo

In-migration continues for Texas and Tyler, and more residents are added on a regular basis.

Tyler Comprehensive Long-Range Plan

The Tyler 1st Comprehensive Plan, formerly known as Tyler 21, was launched in 2007. The plan addresses downtown revitalization, historic preservation, parks and recreation, transportation, housing and neighborhoods. The comprehensive plan is reviewed every five years and completely updated every 20 years. Read details about Tyler 1st

South Broadway Avenue Growth Corridor

Growth continues at a solid pace in the Tyler area, especially along the South Broadway Avenue corridor (U.S. 69) and Loop 323, with new restaurants such as Chuy's, Saltgrass Steak House, Abuelo's, Walk-Ons, and others providing more job growth.

Jobs and tax revenue from retail outlets on South Broadway such as Kohl's and Target, and hospitality industry growth from the new Residence Inn by Marriott provide for more growth in this area.

In 2014, the Broadway corridor extended even further south, to Toll 49, with the opening of the huge Village at Cumberland Park shopping area.

Old Jacksonville Corridor

The Old Jacksonville Highway corridor is experiencing exponential growth, and features exciting new businesses such as Swann's Furniture Gallery, and FRESH by Brookshire's.

Developments such as The Crossing, Oak Hollow, Oak Hills, The Heights, and Cumberland Ridge continue to enhance the "New Jacksonville" area.

FRESH by Brookshires, located at 6991 Old Jacksonville Highway, sells the absolute freshest, highest quality produce, meat, seafood, flowers and chef-prepared specialties available in East Texas.

Fresh by Brookshires, Tyler, Texas, on Old Jacksonville Highway in the Oak Hills Development
FRESH by Brookshires, Tyler, Texas
(TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

In the nearby area are establishments such as Swann's Furniture, Oak Hills Montessori School, and other major Tyler businesses. The Ridge Retail Center at Oak Hills, located adjacent to Fresh, contains Bikram Yoga, Katie's, and others.

The Old Jacksonville corridor continues to extend south, to Gresham and then Flint and Bullard.

In short, Tyler has in the past, and will continue to survive, and thrive, in the current economic crisis far better than other areas.

For more detailed, current information, we recommend you contact the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tyler Economic Development Council.

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