Corpus Christi - The Coastal Bend region’s not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October dropped to 5.5percent, four-tenths of a percent lower than the month of September. The seasonally adjusted rate in Texas fell to 6.2 percent in October, this is well below the national October unemployment rate of 7.3 percent.

The change from October 2012 has resulted in a 4,489 increase in the number employed in the Coastal Bend.

Click here for the October 2013 Labor Market Information Report.

All 12 surrounding counties saw a month-over-month decrease. Kenedy (3.6%) and Brooks (6.6%) counties experienced the greatest monthly decrease with a change of 1.2% and 0.6% from September; while Duval (5.7%) and Refugio (3.8%) counties saw the greatest drop over the year, with changes of 0.3%.

The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) employment by industry increased by 7,000 jobs from October 2012, with the Mining, Logging, & Construction (4,200), Education & Health Services (1,400) and Leisure & Hospitality (900) adding the largest number of jobs over last year.

There are currently 3,055 jobs available throughout the Coastal Bend region today. Corpus Christi’s Mayor Nelda Martinez in partnership with our region’s County Judges have held a series of Jobs Town Hall Meetings throughout the Coastal Bend. At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at the Richard M. Borchard Fairgrounds, our community’s education providers, employers and leaders will come together to discuss the needs of employers and various educational opportunities. Click here for the Nueces County Jobs Town Hall Meeting Press Release.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors for Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, I would like to thank Mayor Nelda Martinez and each of the County Judges from the region who have made the Jobs Town Hall Meetings a success throughout the year,” said Victor M. Gonzalez, Jr., Chairman, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. “The opportunities available in our region continue to grow and through partnerships with participating employers the Coastal Bend will thrive for years to come.”