Why unemployment has dropped in Wichita Falls

Why unemployment dropped in Wichita Falls

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Unemployment in Wichita Falls continues to trend downward this year, dropping nearly half a percent (3.5% to 3.2%) from January to March.

Executive Director of Workforce Solutions in North Texas Mona Statser said the drop in unemployment in Wichita Falls continues to follow the nationwide trend.

Unemployment is falling even while there have been businesses that have moved away in the last year, such as Cash Saver and Golden Coral.

“Everybody who wants to work and is looking can find a job,” Statser said.

Though unemployment is dropping, it does not necessarily mean it is because there is a huge wave of new jobs coming into the city.

“We have some new places opening but we don’t have any big hires that have occurred, like a big plant moving in. So, my guess is it's just a lot of different turnover,” She said.

Statser also said that there are many jobs being filled by people of all ages – including many seasonal jobs for teens just entering the work force.

However skilled jobs continue to be vacant.

“We heard recently the training programs at Vernon College, the enrollment’s down a little bit because people are working. They don't have to look for training to find other jobs right now,” Statser said.

Workforce Solutions North Texas is holding a couple of hiring events is week. One will be on Wednesday, April 24 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Another is on Thursday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

WFISD is also holding a Teacher Job Fair Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until noon.

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