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THE ANATOMY OF THE CENTRAL TEXAS JOB SEEKER

respondents could involve the large number of military retirees in the area. (Military retirees are generally
younger – between 40 and 50 – than civilian retirees who generally retire at the end of their career.)

On race we show a lower percentage of Hispanics than the general population which may be due to a higher
percentage living in our rural areas which may not have the internet access of our larger cities. Other
categories fell within our Central Texas census figures. Our two largest cities – Killeen and Temple – are
different as to racial statistics with Killeen having a more diverse population. Again, this is due to the
military. (Survey did not include the category American Indians/Alaskan Natives. This was in error and not
meant to slight this population.)

No comparable statistics on relationship status could be located for comparison with the survey results. So
let’s just say roughly 41% are currently married, the rest – not.

For education comparisons with survey results indexmundi.com (This site contains detailed country statistics,
charts, and maps compiled from multiple sources.), and census.gov were used, both of which showed higher
percentages of Bachelor’s degrees (21.2% Bell county, 26.7% Texas). However, when comparing the
respondent’s answers to the latest Defense Alliance military survey of individuals leaving the service, the
percentages were more in line with 10.44% having Bachelor’s degrees.

The only noteworthy demographic finding possibly affecting workforce services in our area was the high
percentage of “older” job seekers.

Current Job Seeker Status

91% of the respondents are looking for employment – no surprise - that’s probably why they’re on a job
website.

What stood out was that 27.27% of the individuals are employed; and, out of those employed 74.65% are
actively looking for other employment. Well, conventional wisdom says the best time to look for a job is
when you have one.

Another stand-out factoid from this group was the revelation that over 20% of them currently have two or
more jobs, with 11% having three or more. This could reflect a high number of part-time employment which
would be in line with national statistics in the current economic climate.

Figures showed that 47% had been looking for employment for over 4 weeks. According to the Department
of Numbers (deptofnumbers.com/unemployment/duration) in January 2015 Unemployment by Duration was
26.8% under 5 weeks, 26.1% five to 14 weeks, 15.5% fifteen to 26 weeks and 31.5% twenty seven weeks.

The 70.10% were looking for jobs using the same skills they possess. This makes for simplified and easy job
matching if they were utilizing job matching websites. The 30% who wanted jobs with different skills broke
down to 82% wanting vocational training and 18% wanting assistance in academic endeavors. This has
implications on the type of training/education desired.

Again using Dept. of Numbers figures show an average of 8 months unemployment duration and a mean of
little over 3 months. Using these statistics it would seem that our job seekers can claim that at least 70%

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