Workforce & Wages

Jacksonville is proud of its rich-history in manufacturing and understands the important role of a strong workforce. The consistent presence of successful industry leaders has provided Jacksonville a diverse, mature, and experienced workforce with 78% being 30 years and older. An abundant pool of prospective workers can be found not only within the city but drawn from surrounding communities. 

For wages by SOC code and region please visit: Texas Wages

Labor Force
Jacksonville, TXCherokee County
Labor Force (persons) (2020)6,79121,303
Unemployment Rate (Dec 2022)4.1
Total Employees by OccupationTotal%
Executive, Managers, and Administrators6138.27
Protective Services1692.28
Farming, Forestry, and Fishing150.2
Business and Financial Operations2673.6
Computer and Mathematical Occupations921.24
Architecture and Engineering690.93
Life/Physical/Social Science Occupations360.49
Community and Social Services1882.54
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners3144.24
Health Technologists/Technicians2773.06
Healthcare Support3424.61
Food Preparation/Serving4616.22
Building and Grounds Maintenance2333.14
Personal Care and Service1161.56
Office and Administrative Support105214.19
Construction and Extraction3014.06
Installation/Maintenance and Repair Workers2373.2
Production Workers5837.86
Transportation Workers1822.45
Material Moving3484.69
Data Source: Applied Geographic Solutions 2021
Schools surrounding Jacksonville

University of Texas at Tyler (32-miles)
As part of the University of Texas (Austin) system, this 4-year college is a regional asset and produces top-quality talent in a myriad of disciplines.

Tyler Junior College (30-miles)
Two-year public community college in Tyler, Texas. One of the largest community colleges in Texas, with an enrollment of more than 12,500 credit students each year with an additional 20,000 continuing education enrollments annually.

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) (74-miles)
Programs offered include industrial controls technology, industrial maintenance, process operations, machining, and more.

Jacksonville College
This 2-year private college attracts students from all over the world and encourages them to be part of the local workforce while undergoing studies.  

Jacksonville Independent School District (JISD) Career and Technology Department
This program recently underwent a $4+ million physical expansion to provide additional space and equipment. Programs offered include welding/metal fabrication, small engine repair, and more. 

Workforce Solutions—East Texas
JEDCO regularly partners with Workforce Solutions and several Jacksonville manufacturers take advantage of their programs and assistance to defray on-the-job training costs and to recruit employees.