Patchwork of Paychecks: Texas
There are not enough jobs to go around in Texas. There are 1.2 million job seekers, but only about 518,000 total job openings. Of those, only 48 percent pay a living wage for a single adult and only 16 percent pay enough for a single adult with two children to make ends meet. This means there are five job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult and 15 job seekers for every job opening that pays a living wage for a single adult with two children.
Additionally, women and people of color in Texas are more likely to work part-time than are workers overall. While nearly 22 percent of all workers reported working part-time, 28 percent of Native American workers and 31 percent of female workers reported working fewer than 40 hours per week.