ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Millions of Americans are out of work and running out of options for employment as the pandemic worsens in the United States.
Willie Taylor, the CEO of Permian Basin Workforce Board said, “People are being laid off, disconnected from the workforce, it’s not a pleasant thing to see. Family issues, people can’t pay their bills, basically disconnected and it’s not a pretty thing to see.”
According to Taylor, despite the high unemployment rate in the Permian Basin fewer people are seeking help from Permian Basin workforce solutions. An organization that helps people find work, fill out resumes or relocate them if need be.
“We had our peak back in April where we saw first-time claimants 5,600 a week it’s dropped down to about 725-600 so they’re just gradually dropping off,” he said.
Taylor added that “some of them are working moms, some of them are staying at home because of school issues or trying to find daycare, they aren’t feeling safe because of the pandemic and we have had a slow job market out there too.”
For those that are still in need of help, he encourages them to reach out.