Data Shows Waning Interest in Recovery Jobs in Florida, Texas

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Job seekers have begun to lose interest in volunteer work related to recovery efforts in Florida and Texas, according to data from online search portal

Following the impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, recovery efforts in both states attracted significant interest from job hunters. Online searches for fema, disaster and hurricane rose 57 times than the normal rate.

Short-Lived Interest economist Daniel Culbertson said that the short-term spike in interest for volunteer work after the storm indicated that people immediately realized the need for more workers. However, Culbertson also noted that the increase in job searches around late September has gone back to pre-storm levels.

The declining interest comes as job listings for relief efforts remain high. The continual need for more workers are expected to continue in the near future. Ben Carson, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, even said that complete recovery from Harvey will take years. The impact of the storm has trickled down to the insurance industry, as they faced potentially significant financial losses.

Job Types

Culbertson said that several job opportunities for recovery efforts directly involve reconstruction. Disaster recovery managers, cleaners, customer service representatives, laborers, and technicians comprise some of the vacant roles. While job vacancies in Florida and Texas are the highest, the remaining 61% of listings are scattered across 48 other states.

Texas is a prominent boating state and some are bound to rehabilitate their boat investments, after all the basic recovery efforts are done. For instance, Kinsel Docks says that a dock builder in Rockport can help in structural repairs, especially if you use it for business.

The damages from Harvey and Irma are expected to be worth up to $200 billion. Job hunters should take the chance of helping in relief efforts, especially in the construction sector, where skilled labor remains in demand.