An abundant, productive and bilingual work force makes Laredo an outstanding business or industrial location.  With a 2016 estimated population of 257,156 the Laredo MSA is one of the fastest growing in the U.S.  In addition, there are approximately 500,000 people living just across the Rio Grande in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico making a combined total population of 757,156.

The City of Laredo’s labor force is approximately 114,487 with a 4.3% unemployment rate.  This does not include the thousands of legal workers that live in Mexico and commute on a daily basis.
  • Laredo Community College– Customized training and classroom training in many subjects.
  • South Texas Private Industry Council -JTPA programs for OJT and classroom training
  • LCC Export/Import Center – Vocational training in cross-border trade-handling for Custom Brokers, etc.
  • Laredo Job Corps Center, Ser-Jobs for Progress, Texas Careers, Southern Career Institute

For more information on workforce training programs, please click on the following links:

South Texas Workforce Solutions

Laredo Community College Economic Development Center

Coalition for Apprenticeship Partners in Economic Development

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Laredo MSA January 2018 Report, the top five employment Sectors are:

  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities
  • Government
  • Education and Health
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Professional and Business Services
Industry Composition


Wages by Industry