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Texas Job Count Reaches Historic Milestone

Lone Star State Surpasses 14 Million Jobs, Continues Growth Streak Texas’ labor market achieved new record highs in September in terms of the job count, number of people employed, and number of people in the civilian labor force. Total nonfarm employment increased by 61,400 positions over the month to reach a 24th consecutive series-high level with 14,049,400 jobs and a 31st consecutive month of growth. Since September 2022, Lone Star State employment grew by 435,800 […]

Cyclical September Hiring Kicks Off Fourth Quarter 2023

Teachers and support staff returning to the classroom boosted payrolls last month The Houston area added 22,000 jobs in September, primarily in the Government sector as students, teachers, support staff, and administrators returned to school for the fall semester. The Education and Health services (+3,700) and Financial Activities (+500) sectors also contributed to overall monthly job growth, but the other eight industry sectors were flat or down slightly for the month. Construction, which saw a […]

TWC Awards $15,000 Training Grant to Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas and Local

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas a $15000 High Demand Job Training (HDJT) grant to prepare area workers for long-term, high-demand careers. “The HDJT grant program provides resources to upskill workers in Texas communities,” said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “The partnership in Deep East Texas will continue to boost the growing Texas economy by training individuals in high-demand occupations.” Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas will use the grant in partnership […]

Alvin Community College Receives $350,000 Workforce Training Grant 

Alvin Community College received a $350,000 Texas Talent Connection (TTC) grant from the Office of Governor Greg Abbott to support innovative education and workforce skills training programs that lead to successful job placement, increased wages, and improved job retention. The grant supports the New Beginnings Project, a reentry program by Alvin Community College in partnership with Lee College, to assist second-chance individuals with classes that lead degrees and certifications in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast, Brazos Valley, Capital Area, Coastal […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers To Houston’s Employment Picture

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities & Leisure and Hospitality heat up hiring ahead of Summer Houston-area employers added 18,500 jobs in May, a big reversal from April’s tepid report – even after an upward revision added more jobs than initially reported, according to numbers released Friday from Workforce Solutions. Seasonal jobs in retail trade and the hospitality sector led hiring for the month, according to Parker Harvey, an economist with workforce development agency. “Summer hiring ramps […]

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 […]