It’s no secret that the labor market is challenging for employers in South Texas. Tens of thousands of South Texas oilfield jobs have been created since in the beginning of the oil boom, and the total number of direct and indirect jobs created is well above 100,000.
When the oil boom started, many people headed to the oil patch for higher pay. Employers who can’t offer higher wages have struggled to fill positions.
Corpus Christi has been almost 30 workers short in its street maintenance department and is falling behind on projects. The city plans to raise wages 2.5% and hopes the allure of staying closer to home will increase the number of job applicants. [Read more…]