Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend



Strategic Business Plan 2017 - 2020

Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend's Strategic Business Plan 2017 - 2020 has been updated to comply with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations and is available to the public.  

Click Here To Download the Strategic Business Plan 2017 - 2020.

2016 Annual Report - State of the Workforce

The 2016 Annual Report reflects highlights from an amazing year that targeted efforts to invest in regional economic success through access to jobs, training, and employer services. Our dedicated team of professionals recognize the value of getting a job, learning a skill and becoming self-sufficient.

Please click here to view the 2016 Annual Report E-Magazine. 

Local Labor Market Information

Workforce Impact - May 2017

YOU Earn & Learn! Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership 

June 16, 2017 - Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB), in coordination with VR and Serco of Texas, launched YOU Earn & Learn! Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership on May 1, 2017. This exciting summer Earn & Learn program helps create pathways to employ students with disabilities.

By participating in this program students will gain workplace readiness training to prepare them for successful employment. With paid work experience students will help build their skills while identifying future career goals.

YOU Learn! Educator Externship Program approaching

As the summer kicks off, so does this year's YOU Learn! Educator Externship Program. This exciting program creates partnerships among workforce, industry, and education to develop an effective workforce by allowing this select group of educators to make the connection between academic skills and the workplace.

The externship will provide the skills sets required for a given industry, and educators can then inform, educate, and guide students to industries that match their skill sets.

For more information on either of these programs see the flyers below for more details.


Labor Market Intelligence Update

Workforce Snapshot - May 2017

  • 6.0% Regional Unemployment Rate
  • 1,574 Total Job Postings
  • 2,872 Total Job Openings
  • 2,153 Active Employers          
  • 9,081 Job Seekers Served 
  • 604  Veterans Received Priority Service 
  • 1,745 Families Served - Child Care Services
  • 2,922 Children Attended a State Licensed Child Care Center

According to the latest employment statistics released by the Texas Workforce Commission, the Coastal Bend region’s unemployment rate decreased five tenths (0.5%) for the month of May to 6.0%, while dropping two tenths (0.2%) from this time last year. The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) decreased to 5.7% unemployment rate.

Ten of the eleven Coastal Bend counties experienced decreases in their unemployment rates, with Duval and Kenedy falling 1.0% over last month. Unemployment rates for Brooks, Duval, and Jim Wells County posted the largest year-over-year decreases in the Coastal Bend. Brooks County decreased yearly by 2.8%, Duval County 2.2% and Jim Wells County 2.6%. 

Total Nonfarm employment in the Corpus Christi MSA added 4,000 jobs annually with Mining, Logging, and Construction along with Trade, Transportation, and Utilities each adding 800 net jobs. 

Workers throughout the Coastal Bend earned an average of $8 more per week from 3rd quarter 2016 to 4th quarter 2016. 

Click here for the May 2017 Labor Market Information (LMI) Report.

More in-depth labor market information by county and industry, as well as historical data is available in the May 2017 LMI Report.  

Download the May 2017 LMI Eblast.

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Labor Market Information Definitions:

Not Seasonally Adjusted (Actual)- Data has not been subjected to the seasonal adjustment process. In other words, the effects of regular or seasonal patterns have not been removed from these series. Not seasonally adjusted data is available for smaller geographies, where seasonally adjusted is only available down to the state level. Use this data to view raw numbers, and for geographies smaller than state level.

Seasonally Adjusted - Total employment and unemployment vary throughout the year. For example, higher unemployment in January and February isn't uncommon because of work in agriculture, construction and other seasonal industries slowing down. Also, both employment and unemployment rise every June, when students enter the labor force in search of summer jobs. Seasonally adjusted numbers also take into account seasonal hiring/layoff patterns that go along with winter and summer holidays. Use this data for month-to-month comparisons for Texas and the United States.

Labor Force - Residents who are at least 16 years old, not serving in the military or institutionalized, and employed or seeking employment.

Targeted Occupations List 2016-2017 (PDF Download)

The targeted occupations list is developed by Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend for the most effective use of local workforce development resources. Sources of information for the target list are local area employers, economic development entities, chambers of commerce, community partners, Texas Workforce Commission labor market information regarding the Coastal Bend Counties, and knowledge gained from continuous contact with the above sources.

Local Labor Market Information

The Texas Workforce Commission collects information from Unemployment Insurance claims coupled with data from the Current Employment Statistics Program and data from other sources to produce estimates of total employment, unemployment, and unemployment rates for the 27 Metropolitan Statistical Areas, and all 254 counties in the state. Each month, the Local Area Labor Market Information (LMI) is distributed to the Coastal Bend community. These rates are provided to a wide variety of users both inside and outside government and are used as a basic allocator for federal funding in many programs.

Check out the latest Local Labor Market Information (LMI) for the Coastal Bend.

Coastal Bend Labor Market Information - May 2017 LMI






Coastal Bend Labor Market Information 2009 - 2011





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