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.

2016 Jobs in MSA

2025 Projected Increase

Average Unemployment

Average Earnings

Median Hourly Wage

2016 Killeen/Temple MSA Labor Force Breakdown

Jobs grew by 2,862 over the last year and are projected to grow by 11,605 over the next 5 years. As vast as the Killeen/Temple 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:  335,735
  • Not in Labor Force (15+):  158,605
  • Labor Force:  177,130
  • Employed:  169,599
  • Unemployed:  7,531
  • Under 15:  100,122

Total Jobs by Industry (2016)

NAICSIndustry2016 Jobs
44Retail Trade5,042
48Transportation and Warehousing1,602
52Finance and Insurance1,663
54Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services1,502
56Administration and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services2,064
62Health Care and Social Assistance11,681
72Accommodation and Food Services3,373

Projected Job Growth (2015 - 2025)

Region2015 Jobs2025 JobsChange% ChangeMedian Hourly Earnings
Grand Central Texas304,189345,34841,15914%$17.74
City of Temple53,83461,7137,87915%$18.24
Bell County158,481180,54422,06314%$18.08

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.