Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend



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. 

Local Labor Market Information

Workforce Impact - March 2017

Volunteers Needed For YOU Choose! Career Expo 

April 21, 2017 - The excitement continues to build as Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WFSCB) embarks on the biggest career exploration event of the year, YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) Choose! Career Expo, scheduled on May 11th from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. 

This Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event launches a new career pathways strategy targeting our young adults throughout the Coastal Bend region. It will help expose our future workforce to in-demand occupations in high-growth industries and provide a hands-on interactive exploration of career pathways.

With over 1,300 students and 54 employers already pre-registered, volunteers will play an important role in the success of this event. You are invited to participate as a volunteer in the YOU Choose! Career Expo. We appreciate your consideration, participation and commitment to our future workforce. Volunteers will receive a free event t-shirt and lunch!    

Help shape our future workforce and have fun too. Please consider volunteering and register now by clicking here.

Labor Market Intelligence Update

Workforce Snapshot - March 2017

  • 6.9% Regional Unemployment Rate
  • 1,597 Total Job Postings
  • 2,823 Total Job Openings
  • 2,195 Active Employers          
  • 7,710 Job Seekers Served 
  • 643 Veterans Received Priority Service 
  • 1,641 Families Served - Child Care Services
  • 2,794 Children Attended a State Licensed Child Care Center

The 11-county Coastal Bend area unemployment rate for the month of March dropped to 6.9% from last month. This is down 0.3% from last month.

Ten of the 11 Coastal Bend counties experienced month-over-month decreases while Kenedy County remained unchanged. 

Refugio and Live Oak Counties decreased by 0.7% and 0.6% respectively.  These two counties posted the largest decreases over the Coastal Bend Area.

The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) which includes Aransas, Nueces and San Patricio Counties added 2,600 net total nonfarm jobs since March of 2016 with Education and Health Services and Mining, Logging, and Construction Industry Super-Sectors showing the largest increases. Adding 900 jobs, the Education and Health Services Industry Super-Sector for the Corpus Christi MSA grew 2.9% over the year. 

Weekly wages for the Coastal Bend area rose from $816.00 in 2nd Quarter 2016 to $856.00 in 3rd Quarter 2016 for a $40.00 increase quarter-over-quarter.

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

More in-depth labor market information by county and industry, as well as historical data is available in the March 2017 LMI Report.  

Download the March 2017 LMI Eblast.

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Career Coach is designed to help you find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. 
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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 - May 2017 LMI






Coastal Bend Labor Market Information 2009 - 2011





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