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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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Intern Challenge Takes Aim at Employers


Internships are often a major source of education for high school and college students preparing to enter the workforce. Internships range as much as business itself, from paid internships to those offering academic credit. In internships, students gain marketable skills and real-life experiences while helping Texas businesses fill high-demand jobs. As part of Governor Greg Abbott’s charge to address education and workforce outcomes, the Texas Internship Challenge was launched in February 2017. The…

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TWC Brings Employment Law Updates to McAllen

Texas Business Conference

Feb. 9 conference also offers employer seminars on business operation Legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas can be daunting. That is why the Texas Workforce Commission hosts its Texas Business Conferences across the state, and it will be holding one locally Feb. 9 at the McAllen Convention Center. McAllen area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers may attend. The conference is designed to provide resources to help…

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State Unemployment Reaches Record Low

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Rate falls to 3.8 percent Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent. This sets a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades. The Texas economy added 54,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November. Annual employment growth for Texas increased to 2.7 percent in November, marking 91 consecutive months of annual growth. “The addition of 330,600 jobs over the year demonstrates the consistency with which…

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TWC Grants Boost Local Manufacturing Training

STC and PSJA ISD receive $564,469 for job training The Texas Workforce Commission is investing more in local manufacturing industry with the awarding of grants to RGV educational institutions. A $221,799 Skills Development Fund Grant goes to technical training at South Texas College’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. The $342,740 Jobs and Education grant will go to purchase and install equipment at PSJA ISD for dual-credit Career and Technology Education students.…

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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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JET grant provides medical training

STC recently received a $223,109 JET grant to assist in training for careers in the medical profession. (photo STC)

STC award provides 150 with training South Texas College is the recipient of a $223,109 Jobs and Education for Texans grant (JET grant) from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant helps the college purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students with training for careers in the medical profession. This includes positions such as licensed practical and vocational nurses. The JET program provides funding for equipment for the purpose of developing…

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Alvarez confirmed state labor commissioner

Harlingen resident confirmed by Texas Senate The Texas Senate has recently confirmed Julian Alvarez III of Harlingen as the State Labor Commissioner on the Texas Workforce Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott reappointed him on March 7, with his appointment expiring Feb. 1, 2023. In his previous role as president and CEO of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, Alvarez fostered local partnerships to stimulate both the region’s economic development and job growth.…

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Deadline Approaches for TWC Disabilities Committee

Application deadline June 5 The Texas Workforce Commission is accepting applications to serve on the Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities. The committee comprises 13 members who advise TWC on matters relating to the Works Wonders program, also known as the State Use Program, which assists individuals with disabilities in achieving independence through productive employment. Upcoming Advisory Committee positions include representation from the following: One individual from an…

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Employment Law is Business Conference Focus

unemployment down

TWC law update for local employers The Texas Workforce Commission encourages local employers to attend the Texas Business Conferences Employment Law Update March 24 in Brownsville to learn about state and federal employment laws and the unemployment claim and appeal process. Speakers will focus on topics geared toward small business owners, human resource managers and assistants. Payroll managers and anyone responsible for the hiring and managing of employees are encourage…

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