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San Antonio Experts On The Local Economy, Unemployment, Opportunities For Job Seekers

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Job losses related to the COVID-19 crisis are mounting locally and throughout Texas. San Antonio saw a record-low unemployment in February of 3.1%. In May, that rate jumped to 12.7%.

What is the current state of the economy and jobs in San Antonio? What's being done to help unemployed residents get better, higher-paying jobs in the wake of this pandemic?

More than 3.3 million Texans have filed for unemployment relief since the COVID-19 health crisis began in mid-March, and the unemployment rate this July was more than double what it was last year.

In November, San Antonians will have the option to vote for part of the city's sales tax to go towards workforce training. City officials say the amount will cover training for 40,000 job seekers, with a focus on those who have lost their jobs during the pandemic.

An SA Works report shows that several of San Antonio's biggest industries — health care, cybersecurity and manufacturing — will most likely be able to offer high-paying opportunities, but what are the next steps?

Will there be job training partnerships? How soon will San Antonio be able to get back to a low unemployment rate? How could a partial sales tax benefit job training?

Guests: 

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*This interview was recorded on Tuesday, September 1.

Kathleen Creedon can be reached at kathleen@tpr.org or on Twitter at @Kath_Creedon
Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.