Workforce Development

The City of Garland is home to many firms employing over 100 workers, especially in the southwest portion of the city.  Job growth is strong and unemployment is comparatively low.  Garland’s workforce possess the specialized skills for future promising growth industries -- health care, renewable technology, and wireless communications -- as well as for Garland’s historic bedrock of manufacturing and fabrication.

Labor Force Participation Rate: 70.4%
Source: US Census (ACS 2005-2009)

Employment Trends


Labor Force and Unemployment 2007 to June 2011

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Annual Annual Annual Annual January February March April May June
Garland
Labor Force 108,710 110,336 106,952 108,701 109,436 109,738 109,757 110,540 110,451 110,544
Employed 103,812 104,539 98,046 99,400 99,794 100,176 100,450 101,656 101,200 100,561
Unemployed 4,898 5,797 8,906 9,301 9,642 9,562 9,307 8,884 9,251 9,983
Unemployment Rate 4.5% 5.3% 8.0% 9.0% 8.8% 8.7% 8.5% 8.0% 8.4% 9.0%
Dallas MSA 4.3% 5.0% 7.8% 8.3% 8.5% 8.1% 8.1% 7.7% 7.9% 8.7%
State 4.4% 4.9% 7.6% 8.2% 8.5% 8.2% 8.1% 7.7% 7.9% 8.8%
Nation 4.6% 5.8% 9.3% 9.6% 9.8% 9.5% 9.2% 8.7% 8.7% 9.3%
Source: Texas Workforce Commission


Employment Growth 1990 to 2010

1990 1995 2000 2010*
Garland 62,300 67,600 93,265 106,188
CAGR* 0.82% 3.27% 1.31%
DFW MSA 1,999,100 2,238,700 2,761,000 2,862,400
CAGR* 1.14% 2.12% 0.36%
Source: US Census ACS, North Central Texas Council of Governments
* Estimate CAGR = Compound Annual Growth Rate


Garland Commute Times: 2005-2009
Commute Times Percent Number
Less than 15 minutes 18.65% 19,359
15 to 29 minutes 35.25% 36,590
30 minutes or longer 43.74% 45,408
Worked at home 2.36% 2,446
Source: US Census ACS 2005-2009