Laredo, TX (population: 232,298) has four retail schools within a 500-mile radius of its city center. Texas A & M University, the highest ranked school in this group with a retail program, has a total student population of 48,702. It is the 36th highest ranked school in the USA and one of the highest in the state .
Retail students from Laredo schools who go on to become retail workers, retail managers, retail specialists, retail sales managers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 4,209,500 people working as retail salespersons alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $24,630. Also, Sales and related employees make on average $36,020 per year and there are about 13,715,050 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Laredo area alone, there are 10,930 employed sales and related employees earning an average salary of $24,930. Retail salespersons in this area earn $19,180/yr and there are 3,020 employed.
Laredo lies in Webb county, which is one of the 154 counties in Texas. Overall, the Laredo area has 86,940 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 2.4% unemployment rate, $15.41/hr average worker wage, and a $32,050 average annual salary. Thus, about 34.747 out of every 1000 jobs in Laredo are held by retail salespersons, and 125.678/1000 are held by sales and related employees.
Of the 4 retail schools with a 500-mile radius of Laredo, all of them have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Lamar University comes out as the most expensive ($14,675/yr) for retail students, with University of North Texas as the lowest, reported at only $10,409/yr.
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