An abundant, productive and bilingual work force makes Laredo an outstanding business or industrial location.  With a 2015 estimated population of 255,473 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 755,473.

The City of Laredo’s labor force is approximately 109,652 with a 4.9% 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

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Laredo MSA February 2017 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