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

Major Employers
Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park 1028
City of South Padre Island 297
The Pearl Beach Resort 208
Louie's Backyard 180
Isla Grand Resort 177
Sea Ranch Enterprises (includes Sea Ranch, Pier 19, and Laguna Bob's) 171
Hilton Garden Inn 150
Blackbeard's Restaurant 138
La Quinta Inn & Suites 120
Origins Recovery Center 112
*Revised 12/2016-South Padre Island EDC