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BY THE NUMBERS 2014 Change from 2001 185 -7% 21 +6.7 340 -6% Establishments Employees per Business Self-Employment –Male 64% –Female 36% Diversity (Percentile) –Industry 11 –Occupation 15 Business Establishments, 2014 Business Profile Sales by Industry ($ mil), 2013 Businesses by Industry, 2014 BR OOKS COU NTY Brooks county has 185 businesses supporting its population of about 7,000. The community has experienced relatively slow economic growth since the last regional economic downturn beginning in 2009. The number of businesses has shrunk steadily from the previous peak of 213 in 2007. Judging by the absolute numbers, businesses are spread rather evenly across different industries. However, some industries, such as construction, oil and gas, and retail trade, are relatively larger in terms of employment and sales. The dominancy of retail trade in Brooks County translates into relatively low levels of industry and occupation diversity. The community has experienced relatively slow economic growth since the last regional economic downturn beginning in 2009. Review of South Texas Business Conditions 21 llllllllllll llllllllllll