Texas Workforce Commission

CONSUMER ALERT: Beware Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft 

Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton today warned that unemployment benefits identity theft is on the rise in Texas. Unemployment benefits identity theft occurs when an imposter uses another person’s personal information, such as their name and Social Security number, to file a claim for unemployment benefits. “Unscrupulous criminals are victimizing Texans by stealing their identities and filing false unemployment claims. If you receive documents from the Texas Workforce Commission regarding benefits claims you did not make, remain vigilant, […]

25,000-Plus Jobs Added In November As Holiday-Related Hiring Picks Up

Houston-area retailers were feeling quite merry during November as they staffed up for the holiday shopping season, according to employment data released Friday morning by Workforce Solutions, the region’s workforce development agency. More than 9,000 jobs were added at department, clothing, general merchandise, and other stores last month while related industries, including warehousing and transportation companies, added an additional 6,000 workers to their payrolls, said Parker Harvey, the principal economist at Workforce Solutions. “We typically […]

The Houston Launch Pad Receives $297,194 Job-Training Grant

  The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded The Houston Launch Pad a $297,194 Self-Sufficiency Fund training grant. The Houston Launch Pad partnered with Almeda-Genoa Construction, Williams Brothers Construction and ISI Infrastructure Services to help 150 individuals transition into the workforce from either dependency on public assistance. The grant will help provide job training in carpentry, concrete finishing, construction and heavy equipment operator occupations. Grant funding from the Self-Sufficiency Fund will also assist in developing […]

Over $1 Million Awarded to Four New College Credit for Heroes Programs

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced the award of $1.03 million to support four new accelerated certificate or degree programs through its College Credit for Heroes (CCH) program, a statewide effort designed to maximize the award of college credit to veterans and service members for their military experience. TWC also announced a new partner school for CCH. “The United States Military produces some of the brightest and most highly-skilled individuals in our workforce,” said Governor […]

South Texas College to Receive $223,109 in Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant

  AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded South Texas College a $223,109 a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students with training for careers in the medical profession as licensed practical and vocational nurses. “This partnership with South Texas College will focus on medical training and education to prepare our future workforce and meet employers’ demands for […]

NOV Grant Prideco Partners with Blinn College for $820,365 Job-Training Grant

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Grant Prideco has partnered with Blinn College to provide job training using a $820,365 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Brazos Valley Texas area. “The partnership between NOV Grant Prideco and Blinn College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our labor force is among […]

Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March | Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Economy Adds 9,500 Jobs in March AUSTIN — The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February. “Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texans continue to have a range of workforce […]

Texas Adds 51,300 Jobs in January

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 51,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent. “Texas employers and our talented workforce started 2017 on a high note with the addition of 51,300 jobs in January,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Employers in a diverse range of industries have added 225,300 jobs over the year, a reflection of the many […]

BASF Partners with Brazosport College for $328,340 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ BASF Corporation has partnered with Brazosport College to provide job training using a $328,340 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area. “This partnership with BASF and Brazosport College will focus technical training to support an overall efficient operation,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We are pleased to present this grant which will create new employment […]

Texas Ends 2016 with 210,200 Jobs Added Over the Year

State unemployment rate remains at 4.6 percent in December AUSTIN ⎯ Texas has added an estimated 210,200 seasonally adjusted jobs since December 2015 with the addition of 800 nonfarm jobs this December. The state has added jobs in 20 of the past 21 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate maintained a 4.6 percent rate in December. “Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 210,200 over the year,” said TWC […]