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 - July 2017

Employers Wanted for Careers in Texas Industries Week

August 18, 2017 - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB), in conjunction with Tri-Agency Initiative partners, Governor's Office of Economic Development & Tourism and industry associations, are raising awareness about careers in our state’s in-demand industries through the statewide “Careers in Texas Industries Week” events.

These statewide career exploration events, held the week of September 25-30, 2017, will encourage students to explore careers in growing Texas Industry Clusters and help students, parents and educators understand in-demand industries through networking with industry professionals and internship opportunities.

In celebration of  “Careers in Texas Industries Week”, WFSCB and its Coastal Compass partners will host the annual Ready For College and Career Conference (R4C2) for high school seniors who have not decided what they plan to do after graduation. The annual R4C2 conference is attended by 350 plus students and their teachers, and hosts industry panel discussions and break-out sessions by local employers and educational providers in an effort to help students focus on their future education and career goals.

Employers in key industries such as Business, Health Care, Professional Skills and Trades, and Public Service are encouraged to participate in the statewide event scheduled on September 26, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center. For more information please contact Amy Villarreal at 361-885-3015

Labor Market Intelligence Update
Workforce Snapshot - July 2017

  • 5.8% Regional Unemployment Rate
  • 1,547 Total Job Postings
  • 3,609 Total Job Openings
  • 2,037 Active Employers          
  • 7,189 Job Seekers Served 
  • 532 Veterans Received Priority Service 
  • 1,751 Families Served - Employment-Related Child Care Assistance
  • 3,019 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 0.4% for the month of July to 5.8%, while dropping 1.2% from this time last year. The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) decreased to 5.5% unemployment rate.

All of the 11 Coastal Bend counties experienced decreases in their unemployment rates with Jim Wells, Brooks, and Duval, Counties posting the largest year-over-year decreases in the Coastal Bend. Jim Wells County decreased yearly by 4.2%, Brooks County 4.0% and Duval County 4.0% as well. 

Total Nonfarm employment in the Corpus Christi MSA added 4,900 jobs annually with Mining, Logging, and Construction adding 1,300 jobs and Professional and Business Services increasing by 1,100 net jobs. 

The Construction Industry alone rose 22.4% from 4th Quarter 2015 to 4th Quarter 2016. 

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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.

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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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