Farming and livestock were the pillars of the economy until the 1970s, but today most of the people work in the services sector, and farming it´s considered a complmentary actiivity that is done basically on weekends and holidays. Stiil the farmers of Benigembla make wine, olive oil, and they produce almonds, figues, olives, and grapes among others.
The town also has two restaurants, two rural houses, a recreational area in The Safareig, and a camping area. The camping area is located just 1 km from Benigembla, on the road that leads to Castell de Castells. There is a swimming pool, a tennis court, and other facilities. Another site of interest of Benigembla is The Ribàs Botanical Garden next to the main square, with trees that are more than 100 years old, and other species of special botanical interest, but it is in serious need of maintenance and renovation.
Part of the exteriors of the film "Her Majesty the Minor" was filmed in the olive fields of Benigembla, in October of 2006, a super European production of the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, who also directed The films "Seven Years in Tibet" and "The Name of the Rose".
In the municipal elections of 2007 the PP party won 3 seats in the town council with 38% of the votes, the socialist party PSPV-PSOE 2 seats with 27% of the votes, and the nacionalist valencian party denominated Bloc Nacionalista Valencià 1 seat with 20% of the votes, and another local party also obtained 1 seat with 14% of the votes. In the year 2007, Fernando Mengual i Taverner of the PP was elected mayor with 3 votes out of the 7 councilmen, however his inability to work with other councilmen, the lack of democratic transparency in the decison making process, together with the lack of support of his own party, and after 3 major defeats to his controversial plans to build 3 more urbanisations, which started to provoke distrust and discontent. As a result. on the 23rd of August of 2008, a vote of no confidence was presented by the 3 opposition parties, which resulted in voting and proclaiming the councilman of the Bloc party, Joan Caselles i Mengual as mayor of Benigembla, with the support of the 2 socialist seats and the other seat from the other local party.
In the muncipal elections of 2003 the PP party obatained 4 seats, and the PSPV-PSOE 3 seats, but they were all pressured to resign from their seats, except 1 councilman, after the town council has signed in november of 2004 a secretely controversial plan with a known major developer, to build a massive urbanisation with 1500 new houses, and a golf course. The contract that was signed secretely would have been unsustainable for the municipal services of this town, and would have given the developer all the decision making regarding the future urban development of the town . In 2005, the major Aurelio Llinares i Mas of the PP party resigned, and Felipe Perez i Mengual took over as mayor until the year 2007.
The first mayor that was elected after the Franco´s regime was the socialist Antoni Caselles i Pérez, then the independent Francesc Mas i Sendra for 2 terms, the socialist Francesc Taverner i Taverner for 2 terms, and the socialist Rogelio Sendra i Taverner for 1 term, in that order.