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Workforce Impact of Construction Boom ...

The ongoing capital development projects near the Port of Corpus Christi and post-Harvey rebuilding efforts across the Coastal Bend together not only would raise the demand for regional construction and craft workforce, but they would also boost overall employment in the region for years to come. Whether the expected economic impacts will be realized depends critically on the extent to which the region's education and skill training institutions satisfy the surges in workforce demand.

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Harvey's Impact on Corpus Christi ...

Hurricane Harvey is widely recognized as one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history, ahead of Sandy but behind Katrina. This article focuses on its impact on communities within the Corpus Christi metro area, where the storm made its first landfall. Simulation exercises suggest that the extended economic impact in the form of cumulative output losses reduces substantially the sooner those communities can recover. This points to the role of government assistance in mitigating disaster impacts.
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Education System in Corpus Christi ...

Student performance disparities across local schools and measures of economic status are consistent among different subjects and different grade levels. About 30% of freshmen at Corpus Christi's two public higher education institutions are local high school graduates. These institutions' retention and graduation rates are relatively low, due in part to students who require developmental course work. Low graduation rates explain the relatively low educational attainment levels among local residents.
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Best Recession Recovered Cities ...

Major cities in Texas are leading the nation in recovering from the Great Recession that began a decade ago in 2007. According to a recent report by Honestly Now, Corpus Christi is the 45th fastest growing city since 2010. The city is among the top 10 best cities in terms income and employment growth, but it is close to the bottom in terms of measures of economic resilience. The disparity in those scores highlights the importance of long-term versus short-term factors for local economic growth.
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Immigrants in Corpus Christi ...

While the population share of immigrants in Corpus Christi is relatively small, an estimate of one in three of them are undocumented workers. Nearly 60% of local immigrants were born in Mexico, and the number of those from Asia has soared. Proportionally more immigrants have a graduate degree and less than a high school education. Undocumented immigrants are heavily concentrated in some labor-intensive industries of the construction and services sectors.
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ABOUT Economic Pulse

Economic Pulse is a joint publication of the College of Business, South Texas Economic Development Center, and the EDA University Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The primary focus of this newsletter is business, economic and community development in South Texas. Viewpoints and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi or Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center.