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Kenedy County The mainstays of the Kenedy county economy are mining and agriculture. These two sectors together account for two thirds of all jobs in the county. The community is supported by 25 private business establishments. One firm provides oil and gas support services with over 250 employees. In the agriculture sector, six businesses are involved in fishing, hunting, and animal processing. 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 Kenedy county’s economy is made up of a handful of businesses. During 2013, businesses in the two major sectors—mining and agriculture— accounted for most of the 43 new privatesector jobs in the county. -40% -30% -20% -10% 0% 10% The county’s business activity gradually returned to its pre-2008 levels until 2012. Sharp increases in business sales since the last quarter of 2012 have come from major expansion in the fishing industry. Sales 6 3500% Volume, $mil (left scale) Y-o-Y % Change (right scale) 5 3000% 2500% 4 2000% 3 1500% 1000% 2 500% 1 0% 0 -500% 2008 20 | 2009 Annual Review of the South Texas Economy – 2014 Edition 2010 2011 2012 2013 20% 30%