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Local businesses struggle to fill positions and keep employees

By Anna Noel

The Cuero Record

The unemployment rate in Texas has been seeing a downward trend lately, but locally, that has not seemed to be the case. Many businesses are hiring, have been hiring, and are having trouble keeping employees. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Golden Crescent Workforce, unemployment in Victoria has been going up and the unemployment rate in DeWitt County has been rising in the past couple months.

The unemployment rate in Texas overall went from 6.7 in April to 6.6 in June and has seen major changes over the last three years. In June of 2019, the unemployment rate was 3.4, in June of 2020, it had risen to 10.2, and in June of 2021, the unemployment rate was 6.5.

In Victoria, the unemployment rate went from 7.1 to 7.4 from April to June of 2021, and saw a similar rate as the state of Texas during the last three years, starting at 3.6 in June of 2019 and ending at 7.4 in June of 2021.

DeWitt County’s unemployment rate in June 2021 was 6.0, up from 5.4 in May, but down from 7.9 in June of 2020. In June of 2021, America’s overall unemployment rate was 6.1, Texas’ rate was 6.6, and DeWitt County’s was 6.0.

“The opportunity is there, but it’s just a matter of finding people that want to actually put in the work to earn the money.” Allyson Wamsley of Wamsley Performance in Cuero stated.

“Unfortunately, it’s the climate that we live in at the moment,” Jeremy Wamsley added. “There’s quite a bit of financial reward for not going to work. I mean, it’s hot and nasty out here, and it’s hard to find someone who actually wants to work. It’s hard to even get anyone to show up for an interview. You’ll schedule something, and they’ll just flat out no-call no-show.”

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