Companies need exceptional talent to compete and survive in a global economy. As part of the Temple-Killeen-Fort Hood MSA and the Central Texas Region, Temple attracts commuters from a seven-county region. The Temple Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) supports Temple employers by supplying the resources necessary to help employees grow and retain the fundamental knowledge needed in business. Whatever the training need is, TEDC can bring a suitable business-training partner to the situation and help create solutions.

2019 Jobs in Temple-Killeen Metro

2025 Projected Increase

Average Unemployment

Average Earnings

Median Hourly Wage

2019 Temple-Killeen Metro Labor Force Breakdown

Jobs grew by 3,590 over the last five years and are projected to grow by 9,434 over the next five years. As vast as the Temple-Killeen labor shed is the impact of Fort Hood cannot be overlooked. Fort Hood provides a ready-made job pool of exiting military personnel that are well-trained and highly skilled; approximately 500 military personnel separate from Fort Hood every month looking for civilian employment. Over 35 percent of those exiting have indicated a preference for remaining in the Central Texas area.

  • Total Working Age Population: 346,186
  • Not in Labor Force (15+): 167,980
  • Labor Force: 178,206
  • Employed: 171,426
  • Unemployed: 6,780
  • Under 15: 101,927

Jobs by Industry (2019)

NAICSIndustry2019 Jobs
44Retail Trade6,173
48Transportation and Warehousing2,701
52Finance and Insurance2,927
54Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services1,808
56Administration and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services2,416
62Health Care and Social Assistance11,314
72Accommodation and Food Services4,080

Projected Job Growth (2019 - 2028)

Region2019 Jobs2028 JobsChange% ChangeAverage Earnings Per Job
Grand Central Texas403,203441,83738,63410%$48,719
City of Temple53,90360,1306,22712%$52,531
Bell County193,808208,25414,4467%$51,749

Development & Training Partners

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas

Workforce Solutions of Central Texas provides a broad array of employment-related services to local businesses. Workforce Solutions of Central Texas is a division of the Texas Workforce Commission, which is the state agency, charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers of Texas. The Texas Workforce Commission strengthens the Texas economy by providing the workforce development component of the Governor’s economic development strategy.

Temple CollegeTemple College BCE

The Temple College Business and Community Education (TC-BCE) provides customized training and continuing education for businesses and industries for completion at the college or on-site. TC-BCE partners with area businesses to identify specific employee or team development needs and create a targeted plan.