Tag Archives: Texas Workforce Commission

TWC Chairman Resigns

Andres Alcantar

Texas Workforce Commission Chairman and Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar will retire from state service effective July 31. “The last ten years of service to the people of Texas through the Workforce Commission has been the highest honor and privilege of my professional life,” Alcantar said. “I am sincerely grateful to my fellow commissioners and thank the governor for the opportunity to serve our great state in this capacity.…

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TWC Awards STC Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded a $122,544 grant to The Division of Business, Public Safety and Technology at South Texas College is the recipient of a Texas Workforce Commission Grant. Funds will be used to conduct an eight-week training program that will cover basic maintenance of electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) and construction systems. (photo STC)

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded South Texas College a grant to offer students comprehensive, academic and technical programs as well as high demand occupation training. The $122,544 grant will support STC’s Division of Business, Public Safety, and Technology‘s efforts in conducting an eight-week training program for students. The program will cover basic maintenance of electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning and refrigeration, and construction systems. Participants will also install basic components utilizing…

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Texas Economy Continues to Grow in April

The Texas economy added 39,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in April, which marked 22 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 332,300 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.7 percent in April. Private sector employers added 37,900 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in April, up slightly from 4.0 percent in March. “Texas employers continue to boost the impressive…

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Summer Program Connects Disabled Students With Jobs

The Texas Workforce Commission has kicked off its 2018 Summer Earn and Learn program which provides students with disabilities with both work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWC, Texas Workforce Solutions Offices and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Last year, more than 1,500 students, ages 16-22, participated in Summer Earn and Learn. They worked in positions such as design graphics assistants, customer service representatives…

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Mission Employment Reaches Record High

With the latest number released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Mission has reached a new milestone. Figures released for Feb. 2018 show the city has 34,433 people employed, thanks in part to the 900 jobs added to the local economy last year. This is the highest number of people in employment in Mission since TWC began keeping figures for cities in 2005. Mission’s 6.0 percent unemployment rate for February was a…

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Texas Adds 16,000 jobs in January


Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in January and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Texas economy added 240,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year. This includes 16,000 jobs added in January. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.0 percent in January, marking 93 consecutive months of annual growth. “Texas employers kicked off 2018 with the addition of 16,000 jobs in January and…

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TWC Site Aids Veterans in Employment

Texas Operation Welcome Home

Site features services for military veterans and spouses The Texas Workforce Commission is now offering its Texas Operation Welcome Home web portal to better meet the employment needs of transitioning service members, recently separated veterans and military spouses. The portal includes information and web links to several employment and training initiatives for veterans and employers. The web portal includes online registration for the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program. Through the program,…

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Texas Unemployment at Record Low

October 2017 unemployment

Local unemployment also declines According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas unemployment rate for October fell to 3.9 percent, setting a record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades. In addition, annual employment growth for Texas was 2.6 percent in October, marking 90 consecutive months of annual growth. “By adding an impressive 71,500 jobs over the past month and 316,100 jobs over the year, Texas employers have once…

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Raising Awareness of Disabilities with Texas HireAbility

Texas HireAbility logo

Campaign connects employers with people with disabilities The Texas Workforce Commission is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month in Texas. The campaign is now in its second year and coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month to highlight the contributions of people…

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TWC plans Careers in Texas Industries Week

Local companies asked to help educate students The Texas Workforce Commission and its 28 Texas Workforce Solutions boards host a statewide Careers in Texas Industries Week Sept. 25-30. TWC is seeking business volunteers to inform and educate the state’s future workforce about their respective industry and companies. The week is for both middle school and high school students. TWC asks for assistance to make events “as big as possible in…

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