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Bee County The public sector is the largest employer in Bee county. About one in three employees work for the government. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice operates transfer and correctional facilities within the county with about 1,000 employees. In the private sector, health care and retail trade are the major industries, followed by mining, and accommodation and food services. Christus Spohn Hospital is a one of the largest private employers in Bee county. With two oil and gas rigs running, the mining industry accounted for approximately 8 percent of county employment. Employment Growth 2012-13 by Industry Government Other Services (except Public Admin) Accommodation & Food Services Arts & Recreation Health Care & Social Assistance Educational Services (Private) Administrative & Support Management of Businesses Professional & Scientific Services Real Estate & Rental Finance & Insurance Information Transportation & Warehousing Retail Trade Wholesale Trade Manufacturing Construction Utilities Mining Agriculture Bee county’s overall employment gained 2 percent in 2013. The county witnessed significant growth in manufacturing jobs, specifically in metal fabrication which added 50 jobs in 2013. In the mining sector, oil and gas extraction and supporting activities added a total of -30% -20% -10% 0% 39 jobs. Emergency health care services, as major employers in the county, added Sales 250 20% 30% 40% 50% another 82 positions in 2013 to a total of 835 jobs. Home Starts 80% Volume, $mil (left scale) Y-o-Y % Change (right scale) 60% 200 40% 150 20% 100 0% 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 50 -20% 0 -40% 2008 2009 2010 Businesses in Bee county 2011 experienced significant growth in 2011 as oil and gas well drilling activity was underway. Since then, business receipts 12 10% | 2012 2013 2 0 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 have stayed at approximately $200 million per month. The county has also maintained a stable housing market in recent years. Nine home permits were Annual Review of the South Texas Economy – 2014 Edition issued for each of the previous three years. The average value of new homes at $115,000 remains nearly 50 percent below the national average.