Every time I walk into Lowes there is a huge sign about 5 feet by 6 feet saying they are hiring. There are plenty of jobs, just not the big pay little work jobs that people prefer.
Texas is doing pretty well compared to other states. A lot of home improvement and building supply places are dying up here, with some of the local places downright scared, with too many empty parking spaces.
Granted, the big pay for little work jobs are gone and not coming back. And most of them were just paper-shuffling b*llsh*t, anyway.