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. View the E-Magazine @       

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Local Labor Market Information 

Workforce Impact - August 2017

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Is Available!

September 15, 2017 - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) stand ready to help and serve all the workers that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. During a recent press conference, TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs announced the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) available for the Coastal Bend Region.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment benefits for individuals who lost their jobs or self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to Hurricane Harvey.

In partnership with TWC and Workforce Solutions Cameron, WFSCB has deployed the Disaster Unemployment Assistance Mobile Unit. It is a "Workforce Center" on wheels with 10 computers, wi-fi, printer, and copier to help those affected by the hurricane to file for unemployment and to find a job. Visit our Facebook page to see where the DUA Mobile Unit will be next. For more information or to Apply Online, Click Here.

Labor Market Intelligence Update
Workforce Snapshot - August 2017

  • 6.1% Regional Unemployment Rate
  • 1,637 Total Job Postings
  • 4,514 Total Job Openings
  • 2,018 Active Employers          
  • 6,612 Job Seekers Served 
  • 441 Veterans Received Priority Service 
  • 1,812 Families Served - Employment-Related Child Care Assistance
  • 3,152 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 increased 0.3% for the month of August to 6.1%, while dropping 0.8% from this time last year.

The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) unemployment rate increased to 5.8% unemployment rate. The  August 2017 unemployment rates were unaffected by Hurricane Harvey. Future Labor Market Information releases may show impacts in the data due to the disaster.

Nine of the 11 Coastal Bend counties experienced increases in their unemployment rates over the month. Jim Wells, Brooks, and Duval Counties posted the largest year-over-year decreases in the Coastal Bend. Brooks County decreased yearly by 2.8%, Jim Wells and Duval County each decreased 3.5% respectively. 

Total Nonfarm employment in the Corpus Christi MSA added 5,300 jobs annually with Mining, Logging, and Construction and Professional and Business Services each adding 1,500 jobs.

The Coastal Bend region's Construction Industry alone rose 22.4% from 4th Quarter 2015 to 4th Quarter 2016 . 

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

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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. 

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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 - July 2017 LMI






Coastal Bend Labor Market Information 2009 - 2011





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