Texas Workforce Commission

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in December, State Adds 29,500 Jobs

In December 2022, Texas added 29,500 positions, reaching a total of 13,705,500 nonfarm jobs in Texas. December marked the 14th consecutive record employment high in Texas, after the state first surpassed the pre-COVID level in November 2021. The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the first time in three months to 3.9 percent in December, logging the first month the rate fell below 4.0 percent since February 2020. “Each month of record employment in […]

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in December, State Adds 29,500 Jobs

Civilian Labor Force Estimates for Texas Metropolitan Statistical Areas Not Seasonally Adjusted (In Thousands)   December 2022 November 2022 December 2021 C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate C.L.F. Emp. Unemp. Rate United States 164,224.0 158,872.0 5,352.0 3.3 164,272.0 158,749.0 5,523.0 3.4 161,696.0 155,732.0 5,964.0 3.7 Texas 14,720.0 14,189.4 530.6 3.6 14,704.1 14,160.2 543.9 3.7 14,369.6 13,761.5 608.0 4.2 Abilene 79.3 76.8 2.5 3.2 79.2 76.6 2.5 3.2 79.4 76.7 2.7 3.4 Amarillo 134.3 […]

Growing Number Of Employers Embrace Model To Build Their Workforce

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is celebrating Apprenticeship Week November 14-20, 2022, and encourages employers to explore how apprenticeship programs can support businesses, education partners, labor organizations, workforce partners, and industry associations to meet the ongoing need for a skilled workforce. Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently issued a proclamation recognizing Texas Apprenticeship Week to spotlight the importance of apprenticeship programs as a workforce and economic development tool in Texas. The Texas celebration coincides with National Apprenticeship Week and […]

TWC Continues Support for Expansion of Quality Child Care Providers in Texas

Additional funds will provide opportunities to increase the number of child care providers and support participation in Texas Rising Star Last week, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved $627.5 million in funding to support the addition and expansion of child care providers statewide, as well as assist TWC’s Child Care Services (CCS) providers as they transition to the new requirement to participate in TWC’s quality-rating improvement system, Texas Rising Star. The new funding supports four major efforts: increasing […]

Skilled Trades See Strong Job Growth In December As Employment Options Expand In The Houston Area

Houston area employers filled more than 20,000 jobs in December, data released today by Workforce Solutions shows. Skilled trades jobs in the construction sector, along with manufacturing and oilfield support positions, accounted for more than one-third of all new jobs added during the month, slightly outpacing hiring in the retail and logistics subsectors tied to the holiday season. “The construction sector saw its largest ever gain in December, adding 3,200 jobs,” said Workforce Solutions regional […]

Strong Job Growth Forecast For 2022 As Region Continues Its Post-Pandemic Recovery

As of November, the Greater Houston area has regained nearly 75 percent of jobs lost at the outset of the Coronavirus pandemic according to analysis released today by Workforce Solutions. After being down as much as 360,000 jobs in spring 2020, the region has narrowed the employment gap to just under 100,000 with the month’s job figures. “As we head into the third year of the pandemic, I expect we’ll see job growth return to […]

Texas’ Largest State-Wide Veteran Job Fair Slated For Nov. 4

Hiring Red, White & You! is held in partnership with the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Medical Center The 10th annual state-wide hiring event, Hiring Red, White and You! will take place virtually for the 13-county Houston-Galveston area on Nov. 4, 2021. Held at no cost to job candidates, hiring Red, White & You! serves to connect veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses and families with employers who are seeking veterans’ and their […]

Texas Workforce Commission Newsroom Top Stories – June 2021

Texas Proud, Texas Strong, Texas Ready, Texas Booming It’s end of June, summer is here, and already so much has happened. As unemployment continues to fall, TWC is proud to continue our ongoing mission of putting Texans back to work, and helping others upskill and change careers. Meanwhile, our 28 statewide local Workforce Development Boards and 180 plus Workforce Solutions centers across Texas (more below) have and continue to be here for you; our partners are always […]

Employers Add Nearly 19,000 Jobs In April As Leisure & Hospitality Sector Ramps Up Summer Hiring

As the pandemic unemployment period nears end, Workforce Solutions encourages one-on-one appointments now As the end of pandemic unemployment benefits period approaches, Workforce Solutions anticipates an increase in the number of people requesting help to find a new or better job. The Workforce Solutions team wants to offer a leg up by offering pre-scheduled, one-on-one consultation appointments with professional staff either in person, by phone or by video conference. “One-on-one, pre-scheduled appointments ensure our focus is on […]

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, […]