Low wage costs and high productivity levels characterize the Rio Grande Valley labor force. The local labor force is drawn from the Laguna Madre Area and the surrounding communities of Brownsville and Los Fresnos.The unemployment rate for Cameron County in December 2016 was 6.6% and the unemployment rate for South Padre Island is estimated to be 05.

Labor Market Analysis

Top Ten Employers (Peak Season 2019)
Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park 1,127
Dirty Al's Management Co. (includes Dirty Al's, Daddy's, Señor Donkey, Liam's, Josephine's) 497
City of South Padre Island 317
Sea Ranch Enterprises (includes Sea Ranch, Pier 19, Laguna Bob's, F&B) 206
Isla Grand Beach Resort 204
Louie's Backyard 160
Cameron County Parks 159
Hilton Garden Inn 155
The Pearl Beach Resort 148
Blackbeard's Restaurant 138
*Revised 10/31/2019-South Padre Island EDC. Updated annually.


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