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October 2021 LMI Report

The October unemployment rate for the Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) decreased to 6.1% with Nueces County at 5.9%. Ten of the eleven Coastal Bend counties experienced monthly decreases with all eleven counties decreasing over the year. The unemployment rate for the Coastal Bend region decreased to 6.4%.

Over the year, the Leisure and Hospitality Super Sector industry has grown by 8.5% in the Corpus Christi MSA with 24,200 workers in this industry. With seasonal hiring anticipated to increase into the holiday season, there are numerous employment opportunities in WorkInTexas.com.

Job openings have increased by 14% compared to this time last year across all industries with over 9,000 jobs currently in WorkInTexas.com. Job opportunities in the Retail Sales, Restaurant Services and Food Delivery industry traditionally increase during the November and December months as consumer spending normally increases during the holiday season.

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To see the latest Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claims Data, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues to update the UI Claimant Dashboard which is an interactive map with detailed information by Workforce Development Areas (WDA), County, Zip Code, Texas House Districts, Texas Senate Districts and U.S. Congressional Districts.

Workforce Professionals are available and ready to virtually assist customers with their job search from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. VIRTUAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE. Please call or text (361) 882-7491 for assistance.

Visit https://www.workforcesolutionscb.org/calendar/ as well as our FacebookTwitterLinkedIn Pages to get the most up-to-date information on upcoming Virtual Hiring Events in WorkInTexas.com

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.

  Download Targeted Occupations List 2019-2021 (PDF)

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.

Strategic Business Plan 2021-2025

Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend’s Strategic Business Plan 2021-2025 has been updated to comply with Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) regulations. The final draft has been approved by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Written comments were submitted electronically to amy.villarreal@workforcesolutionscb.org, delivered via mail or in-person to the Board Administrative offices to Amy Kiddy Villarreal, Chief Operating Officer at 400 Mann St. Suite 800, Corpus Christi TX 78401

Two Virtual Public meetings were held on Friday, February 19, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 10:00 am on Zoom.



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.

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