As of May 14, total Texas unemployment claims since mid-March have reached 1.9 million. This number is likely lower than the actual number of unemployed. To say that the state’s economy has taken a hit from COVID-19 lock-downs and the historical collapse of oil and gas would be an understatement.

And the crisis also affects our future workforce. How resilient are high school career and technical (CTE) programs? Are these programs able to pivot to existing — and future — labor market demand? …

Erin Davis Valdez

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