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Houston Community College Hosts Virtual Registration, Admissions Fair

Houston Community College (HCC) and Workforce Solutions will host a virtual registration and admissions fair from 10 – 11:30 a.m., Friday, September 10, 2021. Prospective students for the fall 2021 semester will have an opportunity to visit with academic counselors, obtain financial aid information and learn about HCC workforce programs. If the pandemic has you looking for a new or better job, updated skills can expand your prospects. Houston Community College offers a wide range of in-high-demand Workforce […]

Free GED Services For ages 18-24

offers free, year-round open enrollment, GED prep services for young adults ages 18-24.  The program provides an environment for online coursework, flexible self-paced schedules, and personal tutoring. The service is designed to help young adults without high school credentials obtain their GED, find jobs, keep jobs, or find better jobs.  In this ever-changing economic environment, we understand the needs of employers and employees and we are here to bridge the gap. For more information or […]

Area Sees Record-Breaking Employment For March Following Governor’s Decision To End COVID Restrictions In Texas

Houston-area employers added a record-breaking 34,200 workers to their payrolls in March, the largest ever one-month gain in the month of March, and the not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.0 percent according to data released this morning by Workforce Solutions. Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to end all COVID-related restrictions as of March 10, and stabilization of oil prices at around $60 per barrel, appears to have jump started hiring in several crucial industry sectors […]

Modest Employment Gains In December As Retail And Related Activities Staffed Up For Final Holiday Sales Push

Holiday-related hiring continued to boost the region’s employment through December, which saw an additional 10,600 jobs filled, according to data released Friday morning by Workforce Solutions. Trade, Transportation and Utilities, which includes retail stores and logistics activities such as warehousing and delivery services, added 6,300 jobs for the month. Parker Harvey, an economist with the regional workforce development agency, said December hiring in this sector was slightly below what the region typically sees and will […]

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 […]

Houston’S Unemployment Rate Improves To 7.7% In October Rate Is 2.1% Down From 9.6% In September

Houston’s economy added 38,700 jobs in October and the not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for October dropped to 7.7-percent from 9.6-percent in September, according to data released this morning by Workforce Solutions. The statewide unemployment rate also improved to 6.9-percent from September’s 8.3-percent, aligning the state’s rate with the national unemployment rate of 6.9-percent. The primary drivers of (NSA) growth for October included increases in Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, which added 7,800 jobs. Gains in this sector […]

Houston’S Unemployment Rate Jumps To 9.6% In September Up From 8.1% In August

The Houston region’s September not-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.6 percent from 8.1 percent in August, according to data released this morning by Workforce Solutions. The statewide unemployment rate also rose from 7.0 percent to 8.3 percent while nationally the rate fell from 8.5 percent to 7.7 percent resulting in an unforeseen divergence from recent national trends. Despite the unexpected rise, Houston MSA Total Nonfarm (seasonally adjusted) employment was up 20,300 jobs over the month, […]

2017 Employment Gains Extend To Fifth Month As Houston Area Adds 10,700 Jobs

(HOUSTON) Houston-area employers continue to hire according to data released today by Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions. The metro area added 10,700 jobs in June as companies added positions in the Professional & Business Services and Leisure & Hospitality sectors. It’s the fifth straight month of job gains said Parker Harvey, senior economist with Workforce Solutions, “Most of this month’s growth was in the Professional & Business Services sector, meaning companies are looking to hire oil […]