Unemployment rate at 8.8% in Corpus Christi, according to a recent survey

The biggest challenge now is to recruit workers and pay them more than they can make for being unemployed.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – At a meeting at the Ortiz Center the previous Friday, finding enough workers to fill available positions was just one of the issues addressed by the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.

It was the result of a series of business surveys in 15 counties in South Texas. They were given by Dr. Jim Lee, headed by Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He is the director of the University’s Economic Development Center.

The polls found that most businesses have reopened since the lockdown last year but are still negatively impacted by the pandemic.

The biggest challenge now is to recruit workers and pay them more than they can make for being unemployed.

“The problem is that many unemployed people choose to stay home and claim unemployment benefits instead of receiving paychecks again,” said Dr. Lee. “That is our dilemma right now.”

The unemployment rate in Corpus Christi is 8.8 percent, which is twice as high as a year ago.

The survey also identified supply chain disruptions, particularly in the construction sector.

As we have reported, delays in sourcing building materials and the higher cost of those materials are driving new property prices.

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