Texas Workforce Commission

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, […]

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 […]