Increase in Texas jobs not meshing with low unemployment

Increase in Texas jobs not meshing with low unemployment

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Texas added 391,800 jobs last year, while the unemployment rate in Wichita Falls was at a low 3.3 percent.

“We have seen more job seekers, and that’s hard,” Beth Hinkle, business services consultant for Workforce Solutions of North Texas, said.

With an influx of jobs coming to Texas, it has become more difficult to actually fill them all.

At least two companies reached out to Workforce Solutions of North Texas during expansions and those jobs weren’t all filled.

“Trades right now don’t have the applicants, all of our plumbers, electricians and HVACs, every entity that has those jobs is struggling to find employees," Hinkle said. "So the trades are in high demand and we don’t have have enough job seekers.”

Not all hope is lost, the Chamber of commerce is helping bring workers and business together.

“I think the city’s doing a good job of collaborating together to find out how do we get more job seekers and more trade workforce,” Hinkle said.

Other hiring agencies like MyStaf are seeing the opposite problem. General Manager Denise Williams says they still see more applicants than jobs, and bursts of openings through the year help get those workers placed, but it’s not fast enough.

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