Willing workers wanted
Jul 31, 2013 | 2610 views | 4 4 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE – Neta McMullen said that for the past two years she has seen a sharp decline in the number of people filling out job applications to work for The Lodge at Shorty’s Place.

“Everybody is hiring, and everybody is short-handed,” she said.

“I can promise you, anybody that wants a job in this town can get one.”

However, according to local statistics, the unemployment rate for Beeville was ahead of the national average, but behind the state.

Labor statistics, compiled by Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend (WSCB), based in Corpus Christi, show that Beeville’s unemployment rate was 7.6 percent, compared with 6.9 percent for the state and the national rate of 7.8 percent.

WSCB compiles unemployment figures each month for 12 counties.

Out of a labor force of 13,296 persons in Bee County, last month 12,290 were employed, leaving 1,006 unemployed.

June’s 7.6 percent rate rose from 7.1 percent in May but is close to the 7.6 percent rate a year ago.

McMullen said that she has heard from other business owners, and the story is the same.

People aren’t applying to work.

“Three years ago, we would have an inch stack of people waiting to get in,” she said. “That just went away.”

She isn’t one to blame the oil industry for taking the applicants either. Many of those companies aren’t able to fill their positions either.

“Something else we are seeing here is what I call the loss of the traditional work ethic,” says Bee County Judge David Silva, who wishes the county unemployment rate was lower – or at least matched the rate statewide.

“People will get a job — if they pass the drug exam — and they seem to think they are entitled, as if the company should be glad they’re there. Then they work for two weeks and then disappear for two or three days. Then they want their job back, but the company has moved on.

“And those that keep their job, they seem to be addicted to the Internet. They’re always texting or checking their email on company time. They don’t understand that when you work for someone, do the work!”

Outside of Bee, the numbers paint a different picture.

The unemployment rate dropped significantly in counties to the north and west of Bee County — closer to the epicenter of Eagle Ford Shale operations.

Live Oak County’s June rate was 4.1 percent; McMullen County’s rate was 3.1 percent; Karnes County’s, however, was 7.3 percent.

To the south and east, Refugio County’s rate was 4.9 percent; Goliad’s was 5.8.

Since 2003, the Coastal Bend’s unemployment rate has closely mirrored the state’s rate, varying only in tenths of a percent.

Those at Coastal Bend College recently implemented a way to help their students find work and to curtail the unemployment numbers.

“CBC Works is in its early stages, but I hope that employers in the Coastal Bend realize what a great opportunity this is to reach our amazing students,” Lindsey Hagen, career development adviser for CBC, said previously.

“Sometimes our students don’t know where to start to find a job, and CBC Works is a valuable tool we provide them for free. However, we don’t only want to help them find jobs — we also want to help them start their career.”
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August 03, 2013
It's hard to find a job in Beeville. I've applied over 10 places before I found a minimum wage job. I'm a female so yeah I'm not interested in oil field & I'm too scared to work at prison. Which are your only options in Beeville besides fast food. I'm a hard worker have no criminal history, no drug use no tattoos yet it is nearly impossible for me to get a decent job
August 04, 2013
Let's see...

Running a cash register

Entering food orders

Changing food orders

Possibly being bilingual

Standing during the entire shift

Running between various food stations

Maintaining sanitary standards

Subjected to burns and falls

Subjected to verbal abuse from customers, co-workers and management

Responsibility for financial transactions

Deductions from pay for register shortages

while wearing a headset and inhaling car fumes.

All (or nearly all) of the above while earning a divine wage of $7.25 an hour?

Excuse me, but what's wrong with this picture? Fast-food workers work harder than a lot of other workers that make significantly higher wages.

Meanwhile, Judge Silva makes over $42,000 sitting on his butt at the courthouse in the AC and also receives a nice benefit package (health insurance, travel allowance). He may be a judge, but he has no business judging the work ethic of anyone else.
July 31, 2013
Maybe the reason people aren't applying for those jobs are because the wages being paid are too low. Instead of employers trying to lay blame on the workforce they might need to ask themselves are they paying a wage sufficient enough for an employee to meet their bills without having to find a second job to supplement their income.
August 01, 2013
Absolutely right, DiffView and as an additional point, Congress should raise the minimum wage instead of obstructing its passage.