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Powering Texas Promotes Sustainable Electricity

Wind farm construction in the Raymondville area is part of what has driven sales tax revenue percentage increases. (VBR)

Powering Texas. a coalition to promote sustainable electricity generation throughout Texas, recently launched, focusing on educating Texans on wind energy. According to a press release from the organization, Texas is the number one energy consumer in the country. In 2017, wind energy supplied nearly 15 percent of all Texas electricity as well as 1/4 of the national total. Additionally, if a country, Texas would rank eighth in the world in total…

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Edinburg to Host Governor’s Small Business Conference

Edinburg Conference Center

This year, the Governor’s Small Business Conference will come to South Texas via Edinburg. The conference combines and features private and public small business resources, practical solutions and best practices. It also features expert assistance on a broad range of both business topics and challenges. The Governor’s Small Business Conference – South Texas will take place March 29 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance.…

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Texas Unemployment Rate Hits Historic Low

unemployment down

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent in September 2018. This is the lowest level since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. In addition, the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA fell to 5.2 percent, down .7 from September and .8 from October 2017. McAllen-Ediburg Mission also posted low numbers at 5.5 percent. This is down from 6.2 percent in September and 5.9 percent…

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Census 2020 Hiring Recruiting Assistants


The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring recruiting assistants to promote 2020 census jobs in assigned areas and local communities in Texas. Job duties for recruiting assistants also include assisting with locating free space with access to computers to assist applicants with online applications and assessments. Assistants locate free space to hold operational training sessions as well. Travel is a requirement in the position which reports to supervisors on recruiting results…

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Texas Continues Employment Growth


The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 26,400 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, down slightly from May 2018. “Recognition of Texas as the premier place to do business in the country…

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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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Texas Unemployment Tax Rate Decreases

UI tax rates for Texas employers from calendar years 2003 to 2018

Texas Workforce Commission sets employer tax rates for 2018 With the continued positive economic growth in Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission announces the average Unemployment Insurance  tax rate for all employers will be 1.37 percent for Calendar Year 2018, dropping from 1.64 percent in CY 2017 to its lowest point since 2009. The average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.20 percent for CY 2018, and is down from 1.51 percent…

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Harvey: The Costliest Storm

An aerial view shows extensive flooding from Harvey in a residential area in Southeast Texas on Aug. 31. (photo by Staff Sgt. Daniel J. Martinez, Air National Guard)

Harvey cost to rival Katrina and Sandy combined Because of the extraordinary nature of Hurricane Harvey, it is largely impossible to know the full impact to the Gulf Coast region and the state and nation as a whole, at least until well after the full extent of the damage is seen. It is now widely recognized that the damages from Harvey will by far exceed the damages of Hurricane Katrina,…

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Texas Adds 19,600 Jobs in July

Local Metropolitan Statistical Areas civilian labor force estimates in thousands (not seasonally adjusted)

Local MSA unemployment down The Texas economy expanded for the 13th consecutive month with the addition of 19,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent, down from 4.6 percent in June. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.4 percent. This was double the annual growth rate as compared to a year ago. “Texas employers created 293,400 jobs over the past year and…

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Emergency Supplies Tax Holiday

Emergency Supplies purchase encouraged this tax holiday Both RGV residents and businesses alike are encouraged by Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar to take advantage of the state’s sales tax holiday to prepare by purchasing emergency supplies April 22-24. “Unfortunately, we can’t predict when the next fire, flood or tornado may strike,” Hegar said. “But we can be prepared, and this tax holiday helps Texans save money while stocking up on emergency supplies…

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