HOUSTON – U.S. Navy veteran Charles Cummings of Seabrook is scouring job websites every day hoping he’ll find a job. The 49-year old has been out of work for eight weeks now.
“It’s pretty damn difficult, to be honest,” he said. “It’s harsh out there."
Cummings is an experienced, chemical loading operator, and like more than two million other Texans, he’s looking for work. He’s applied for over 250 jobs in eight states and, so far, hasn’t found anything. So he just keeps looking.
He’s just one man caught in the middle of an unemployment emergency in this country. A staggering 20.5 million jobs disappeared in April alone, which brought the national unemployment rate to just under 15%, a level not seen since the Great Depression.
Minorities have been hit the hardest:
- 18.9% of Hispanics out of work
- 16.7% of African-Americans out of work
But in Texas, there are jobs available. Governor Greg Abbott is touting a new website that lists just under half a million jobs available right now across the state, including positions in technology, healthcare, finance, aerospace, manufacturing, food stores, and warehouses.