Labor Market Intelligence
The Coastal Bend Region posted an unemployment rate of 8.7% with over 23,000 workers out of work in August 2020 according to the latest Labor Market Report from the Texas Workforce Commission.
Of the 11 counties in the Coastal Bend, Jim Wells County posted the highest unemployment rate at 12.3% followed by Duval County at 11.9%.
Many Coastal Bend businesses have continued to re-open and expand their services over the last month. Due to this need for workers to re-enter the workplace, job openings have been on the increase in WorkInTexas.com. Positions that have historically been in-demand occupations such as Registered Nurses and CDL Drivers continue to be available and open for job seekers to apply for. However, with the Restaurant and Food Service Industry now looking to rebound and expand their dining capacities, Food Preparation and Serving Workers and Food Service Supervisors are now among the highest in-demand occupations in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.