Interactive: U.S. Census Data Reveals Texas Business Patterns

It's not booming, but business in Texas is picking up. Economists say economic growth across the Southwest will be slow this spring and that Texas' unemployment rate flat-lined at 6.9 percent in May. But overall, Texas has a tolerable economic outlook compared with 2010, when the unemployment rate peaked at 8.2 percent. On Tuesday, the U.S. Census Bureau released county-level data of business patterns across Texas in 2010. Nationally, the number of paid employees declined by 2.5 million from 2009 to 2010. Across Texas, businesses dropped more than 139,000 paid employees. At the same time, annual payrolls in Texas increased by $10 million, and 3,100 more business establishments reported jobs. The graphs below show Texas' progress through the recession, according to the census data.

Flip through the maps below to see the number of paid employees by industry, as of March 2010. Click on a county to see full industry details below.

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Industry Mid-March Employment Annual Payroll (in Thousands) Number of Business Establishments Industry Mid-March Employment Annual Payroll (in Thousands) Number of Business Establishments
County Total - - - Real estate and rental and leasing - - -
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting - - - Professional, scientific, and technical services - - -
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction - - - Management of companies and enterprises - - -
Utilities - - - Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services - - -
Construction - - - Educational services - - -
Manufacturing - - - Health care and social assistance - - -
Wholesale trade - - - Arts, entertainment, and recreation - - -
Retail trade - - - Accommodation and food services - - -
Transportation and warehousing - - - Other services (except public administration) - - -
Information - - - Industries not classified - - -
Finance and insurance - - -

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