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Labor Market Intelligence Update

The July 2019 unemployment rate for the Coastal Bend region increased to 4.6% over the month from 4.4% in June 2019. This is a new all-time low for the month of July in the Coastal Bend region.

Summer employment normally fluctuates as it relates to the Government and Education Industries in our region. This includes numerous occupations within the independent school districts, colleges and universities. The months of August and September gradually level off as seen in the graph below.

After September, the unemployment rate adjusts to normal levels as workers in the Government and Education Industries return to the labor force.

The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) increased as well to 4.6% unemployment rate while also decreasing 0.2% from this time last year.

Due to the cyclical pattern of Education occupations in the Coastal Bend region, all 11 counties experienced increases in their unemployment rates over the month Additionally, the 11 Coastal Bend counties decreased from July 2018. 

If you are looking for work there are nearly 4,000 jobs available in WorkInTexas.com. The opportunity to find quality employment has never been better with seasonal jobs in Retail Sales and the Food Service industry. Numerous skilled occupations such as welders, pipefitters, CDL drivers and nurses are still in-demand as well.

If you are looking for seasonal or full-time work, please call 361-882-7491 or visit http://workintexas.com. If you do not already have an account with WorkInTexas.com, you can register at http://bit.ly/WIT_Register.

Click here for the July 2019 Labor Market Information (LMI) Report.

July 2019 Unemployment Rate for United States is 3.6%, 3.4% for Texas, and 4.6% for the Coastal Bend area.

Workforce Snapshot July 2019 Regional Unemployment Rate is 4.6%, Total Job Seekers Served is 8,001, Unique Job Seekers is 5,366, Total Employers Served is 587, Number of Children that attended a state licensed child care center is 3,386, and there were 2,093 families served - employment-related child care assistance

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 2018-2019 (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 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 for public comment until noon Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Public comments can be provided to Amy Kiddy Villarreal, Deputy Executive Director, by email at amy.villarreal@workforcesolutionscb.org.

Two public listening sessions were held on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sunrise Career Center located at 5858 S.P.I.D., Suite 1 and 3:30 p.m. at the Staples Career Center located at 520 North Staples.

 Click Here To Download Strategic Business Plan 2017 – 2020


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.

YOU Choose! Career Expo 2019

Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend cordially invites you & your students to attend the YOU CHOOSE! Career Expo. High School Students and Educators will have an opportunity to: Explore In-Demand Careers in Healthcare, Business, Professional Skills and Trades,...

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