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Harlingen has a growing skilled labor force. The agriculture industry used to be the dominant industry, but Harlingen has diversified. Agriculture still serves an important part in the Harlingen economy, but one of the fastest growing industries in Harlingen is the health care industry. Valley Baptist Health System employs over 3,000 medical staff and professionals in Harlingen, and the Regional Academic Health Center has brought more emphasis to the medical industry in South Texas.

South Texas has a strong emphasis on higher education. Texas State Technical College in Harlingen and other major universities in South Texas provide a steady supply of skilled labor experienced in technology.

The job rate in Harlingen, Texas is projected to increase. Harlingen’s location in central Rio Grande Valley has it poised for vast growth as businesses find the advantages to relocating to the Rio Grande Valley near the U.S.-Mexico border.