As Texas booms, local governments — especially in small towns — struggle to find workers

Posted on AllSides February 15th, 2023
From The Left
Joseph Bui for The Texas Tribune

Earl Norrod thought he was finished working when he retired from the city of Lufkin water department 10 years ago.

But amid a nationwide labor shortage — and a particular dearth of qualified government workers in small towns — the 76-year-old has been in and out of employment.

Since 2018, Norrod has been tapped three times to help the nearby small town of Zavalla with its water system. The working-class community of fewer than 700 people struggles with aging water infrastructure and lacks the budget and skilled workforce to fix...

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