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Texas Workforce Commission Launches the Texas Internship Challenge 

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On Tuesday, February 21, 2017,  www.TXInternshipChallenge.com officially went live! The initiative serves as a way for Texas to increase the amount of internship opportunities available to our young workforce. The Texas 

The Texas Internship Challenge is a statewide campaign geared towards youth seeking internships in professions related to their career. The website portal aims to make internships more accessible to students in Texas and provides a central point for students to seek and earn internship opportunities as a first step towards becoming apart of the workforce and kickstarting their careers.

It's not uncommon for youth to struggle finding places of employment where they can earn experience in fields relative to their education. Internships are crucial to building the workforce that Texas needs. We encourage all employers interested in participating to visit www.TXInternshipChallenge.com to register and help shape a brighter future. 


  

Workforce Solutions Partners with Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center

Workforce Solutions has entered a Non-Financial Agreement with Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Literacy Center aimed to not only increase, but also expand the access to community residents accessing adult education and literacy services. The agreement will see Workforce Solutions outfitting the new RGV Literacy Transition Center with computer equipment and printers to assist the public with making a connection to the workforce system.

“The intention behind this collaborative effort is to bring more opportunities to our community residents,” Workforce Solutions Lower Rio CEO Frank Almaraz said during a presentation before the RGV Literacy Center Board of Directors. “Our region has a strong desire for success, and with the help of the RGV Literacy Transition Center, we hope to put the tools needed for success in the hands of those seeking them.”

Workforce Solutions center resources are to include, but not limited to, literacy enhancement, job connections, and career exploration. 

Workforce Solutions serves the Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. Our service centers provide assistance for job seekers as well as­­.

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Francisco Almaraz, Workforce Solutions CEO, proudly stands alongside Diana G. Farias, RGV Literacy Center Interim Executive Director, and Jenny Newcomb, RGV Literacy Center Board of Directors, at the Rio Grande Valley Literacy Transition Center on Thursday, February 16, 2017. 

 


  

Workforce Solutions Adds New Career Resources

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Workforce Solutions is constantly looking for ways to make employment a reality for our job seekers. In our search for innovative practices, we carefully inspect the most up-to-date programs, methods, and services available to ensure that our customers have a smooth transition back into the workforce.

Career Coach is designed to help an individual find a good career by providing the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

  • Explore local careers and training opportunities.  Search for a career or job title and Career Coach will give you relevant data on wages, employment and training. Focus searches by industry clusters, wages and/or education levels.
  • Focus a search with a career interest assessment.  Take a quick, 6 question test and Career Coach will give you career suggestions based on your interests.
  • Use military experience to find related civilian careers.  You can enter you Military Occupation Code (MOC) and Career Coach will match it to similar civilian careers.
  • Learn about typical work tasks, wages and education requirements.
  • Build, save and print a simple résumé. Résumé Builder helps you put together a basic résumé quickly.  Just fill out each section and then preview/download your résumé!
  • Apply for local jobs through live job postings.
  • Bookmark and save your searches and résumé by creating an individual account.

We're confident that you'll find this added resource useful in your job search. With this tool, Workforce Solutions aims to streamline relevant information for a tailored experience. To make an account and get started using Career Coach today, visit https://wfsolutions.emsicareercoach.com

 


 

Workforce Solutions Announces 2017 Board of Directors 

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Left to right: Mr. Jaime Ortiz (Board Chair), Ms. Cristina Rivera (Board Vice Chair), Mr. Federico “Fred” Lopez (Board Secretary).

The Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board d.b.a. Workforce Solutions is proud to announce the appointment of the 2017 Board of Directors Officers.  WFS Directors have re-elected Mr. Jaime Ortiz, a Mercedes resident, as Chairman to lead the Board for 2017.

Appointed by the Honorable Judge Ramon Garcia, Mr. Ortiz has served as a member and officer on the Board since 2007.  Mr. Ortiz is currently a partner in Miracle Medical Equipment & Supplies of South Texas located in Weslaco, and is an Insurance Associate with Sentinel Partners LLC from McAllen.  Serving along Mr. Ortiz as officers include Ms. Cris Rivera, Chief Executive Officer for the Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Mr. Federico Lopez, Engineering Technician with Texas Department of Transportation, and Ms. Dalinda Guillen, Executive Director for the Rio Grande City Economic Development Council. 

“It's a position that allows me to give back,” said Jaime Ortiz about his reelection as Chairman of the board. “Our board has done some outstanding work, and we hope to continue serving our community to the best of our abilities.” A proponent of community development, Ortiz strives to make a positive impact in the Rio Grande Valley through his various efforts in philanthropy.  

 Workforce Solutions serves as the governing body for the workforce development area that includes Hidalgo, Willacy, and Starr counties.  The primary goal of the WFS Board is to respond to the needs of local employers and workers through locally designed demand-driven workforce development initiatives.

 


 

 

Second "BOOT" Cohort Graduates

In June, Workforce Solutions and the Mission Economic Development Corporation partnered to develop “(boot),” a comprehensive 750 hour coding bootcamp intended to prepare participants for high demand occupations within local employers/industries.

The program received a $75,000 TWC grant which Mission EDC matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Participants receive training for pre-work preparation and computer coding instruction from an industry expert as well as a first offer of employment by the hosting technology company. Since it’s inception July, “(boot)” has trained two classes, or “cohorts”:

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"We don't want to just be teaching lessons based on what what we think is going to work, or what we see as a trend in the sector," said Drew Lentz, president and founder of Code RGV. With the organization's tagline being, "Building Better Nerds," that statement shouldn't come as a surprise. We here at Workforce Solutions look forward to the advancements that each student will bring to the workforce and eagerly await the next cohort.  

For more information about this program or other partnership opportunities with Workforce Solutions please call – 1.877.687.1121 or e-mail – communications@wfsolutions.org

 


 

 

Workforce Solutions Recognized at Annual State Conference

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Left to right, Back Row: Dr. Luis Daniel Buentello, Mr. Jaime Ortiz (Board Chair), Mr. Cesar Vera, Mr. Federico “Fred” Lopez (Board Secretary), Dr. Roy Sheneman, Ms. Rose Benavidez, Ms. Laura Treviño, Ms. Rebeca Hernandez, Dr. Ricardo Gonzalez. Left to right, Front Row: Mr. George Solis, Mr. Noel Benavides, Jr., Ms. Cristina Rivera (Board Vice Chair), Ms. Sara Garza.

Workforce Solutions was awarded a combined total of $60,000 for outstanding performance in both Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Preparedness and WIOA Adult/Dislocated Worker Training Related Employment programs on December 7, 2016. The Annual Texas Workforce Conference showcases the initiatives and programs being implemented by workforce boards and it’s partners across the state and gives boards the opportunity to share proven practices with each other to promote optimal performance.

Of the board’s continued success at the annual conference, Workforce Solutions Lower Rio CEO Frank Almaraz said, “Workforce Solutions is dedicated to serving the community, and that hasn’t gone unrecognized by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). We’re excited to reinvest into the community to promote progress and look forward to helping our local community thrive consistently.”

Mercedes native and Chairman of the Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Board, Jaime Ortiz is optimistic about the upcoming year and hopes to make the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) a positive example for the rest of the state. “We have a very supportive board of directors that encourages collaboration with community partners, and I believe that collaboration with the people that you are serving is crucial for any board.” 

Workforce Solutions serves the Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties. Our service centers provide assistance for job seekers as well as employers and are located in Weslaco, Mission, and Edinburg. 

 


 

 

The Texas Rising Star Program Helps Enhance Quality Child Care

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The quest for improved child care is never-ending, and Workforce Solutions is prepared to continually create and improve any systems necessary to bring the best quality child care to the children, families, and communities that we serve. 

The Texas Rising Star (TRS) Program is the basis for a quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) in Texas. House Bill 376 of the 83rd legislative session established a work group whose charge was to review and recommend revisions to the TRS program. 

The advantage centers/homes gain by participating in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program, is that these centers/homes are equipped with staff that are able to provide high quality early learning experiences that make a difference in children’s lifelong academic and social success. In addition, these early childhood professionals have excellent preparation and ongoing professional development, which is a key component of any quality program.
 
Texas Rising Star Providers recognize the impact they have on young children’s development. They know that it is a crucial phase of growth and development because experiences during early childhood influence outcomes across the entire course of an individual’s life. For all children, early childhood provides the opportunity to prepare the foundation for life-long learning and participation, while preventing potential delays in development and disabilities. Research shows that high quality early childhood education can offer one of the highest returns of any public investment.  These savings come in the form of fewer students being held back, fewer students getting involved in crime, and more students graduating from high school and college and earning higher salaries in their careers.  Texas Rising Star Providers are preparing these children to become productive citizens that will have a positive impact to the local community. 

 


 

Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance and South Texas College receive a $2.6 million grant from Texas Workforce Commission 

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Francisco 'Frank' Almaraz of Workforce Solutions, Daniel P. King, Superintendent of PSJA ISD, U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, and Julian Alvarez, TWC Commissioner Representing Labor. 

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System and South Texas College received a $2.6 million Skills Development Fund grant from Texas Workforce Commission to improve the skills of healthcare professionals. Workforce Solutions is honored to serve the development of the community through both DHR and STC. They serve as prime catalysts for the minds of the future that will inevitably take charge and continue to breathe life into their local workforce. 

Texas Workforce Commission funded the Skills Development Fund since 1995 and has been involved in creating and improving 329,000 jobs. The grant allows local businesses, often in partnership with the community or college, to increase employee skill levels and wages. Local businesses can utilize the grant to increase employee skill levels and wages through partnership with a college or community. 

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Disability Awareness for Employers Workshop

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Frank Almaraz, Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Solutions, welcomes attendees at the Disability Awareness for Employers workshop at the South Texas College Cooper Center on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. 

In celebration of National Disability Awareness Month, Workforce Solutions hosted a Disability Awareness for Employers workshop at South Texas College on October 26th.  The event was in collaboration with the Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services, South Texas College, and Communication Axess Ability Group.  It provided the 75 employers and community stakeholders in attendance with information that helps promote a diverse workforce.


Employers benefited from receiving information on subsidies and other resources available for hiring individuals with disabilities. In a panel discussion, The International Museum of Arts and Science shared with the audience the positive impact that hiring individuals with disabilities has made in their organization.  IMAS was passionate about encouraging other employers to hire individuals with disabilities for their abilities, talents, and contributions.

 

IMG 4065Lorissa Luna, Business Relations Coordinator, TWS-VRS, presenting on how employers can optimize their workplaces for disabled employees at the South Texas College Cooper Center on Wednesday, October 26, 2016. 



 

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First cohort graduates from “BOOT”!

Mission, TX – Workforce Solutions Lower Rio (WFS), Code RGV and the Mission Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) formed a partnership to launch an innovative first of its kind 12 week Information Technology (IT) coding boot camp. “BOOT” was made possible through the Texas Workforce Commissions High Demand grant program, part of a $1 million statewide effort to support collaborations between Workforce Solutions partners and local economic development entities to create occupational job training programs that will improve the skill sets of individuals for jobs in high-demand occupations in Texas communities.

At the end of September 2016 the first cohort graduated from the rigorous 12 week program, earning their industry recognized certificate as Full Stack Web Developers.  More than half of the graduates have already received job offers from local and national IT companies with an average starting salary of $50,000 annually. “Developing partnerships and utilizing resources provided by the Texas Workforce Commission can lead to innovative high-tech customized training in high-demand and high paying careers such as IT and STEM related fields” said Workforce Solutions Chief Executive Officer Francisco Almaraz. The second cohort of 15 participants started classes in October 2016 at the new center for Education and Economic Development (CEED), a high-tech state of the art, education facility in the City of Mission that is aimed to create an entrepreneurial (E) and Science, Technology, Education, Arts, and Math (STEAM) ecosystem. The Mission Economic Development Corporation committed to matching the TWC grant dollar for dollar which provided the participants with all the resources they needed to successfully complete the 12 week coding “BOOT” camp.

Code RGV, a local educational non-profit that specializes in tech skills development, provided the students with rigorous prep work, coding and job readiness training. For more information about this program or other partnership opportunities with Workforce Solutions please call – 1.877.687.1121 or e-mail – communications@wfsolutions.org


 

 

DATE: August 19, 2016 

Texas Economy Adds 23,600 Jobs in July

State has experienced job growth in 15 of the past 16 months

AUSTIN Texas’ labor market grew by an estimated 173,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 23,600 nonfarm jobs in July. The state has added jobs in 15 of the last 16 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in July, up slightly from 4.5 percent in June, and remained below the national rate of 4.9 percent.

 

Read the entire press release here.


 

DATE: July, 25 2016

 

Workforce Solutions June Labor Market Report for the Rio Grande Valley

McAllen MSA Gains 5,000 Jobs in One Year

McAllen, TX – The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) has added an estimated 5,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year.  This includes an increase of 100 leisure and hospitality jobs for the McAllen Statistical Area (MSA) in June. The leisure and hospitality industry consists of 40,500 jobs in the Brownsville and McAllen MSA.

The increase in the June unemployment rates is a normal seasonal occurrence. Temporary layoffs in the government sector, which include public education, usually inflate the unemployment rates during the summer months. McAllen has the lowest unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at 5.1 percent, Edinburg came in second at 5.4 percent, and Harlingen third at 5.7 percent. 

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DATE: July 22, 2016

 

Texas Economy Adds 7,200 Jobs in June
State has experienced job growth in 14 of the past 15 months

AUSTIN Texas has added an estimated 171,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 7,200 nonfarm jobs in June. The state has added jobs in 14 of the last 15 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.5 percent in June, up slightly from 4.4 percent in May, and remained below the national average of 4.9 percent.

 

Read the entire press release here.


DATE: June 20, 2016

Workforce Solutions May Labor Market Report for the Rio Grande Valley

Government Industry in the McAllen MSA Gains 1,100 Jobs in May

 

McAllen, TX – The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) has added an estimated 9,300 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year.  This includes an increase of 1,100 government jobs for the McAllen Statistical Area (MSA) in May. The government industry consists of 89,800 jobs in the Brownsville and McAllen MSA, and it represents the second largest workforce in our area

In May, McAllen registered the lowest unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at 4.4 percent, Edinburg was a close second at 4.5 percent, and San Benito was third at 5.1 percent. 

May 2016 Labor Market Report

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DATE: June 17, 2016

 

Texas Adds 171,800 Jobs Over the Past Year
Unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.4 percent

AUSTIN Texas has added an estimated 171,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 200 nonfarm jobs in May. The state has added jobs in 13 of the last 14 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.4 percent in May, which is below the national average of 4.7 percent.

 

Read the entire press release here.


DATE: June 6, 2016

TWC Introduces Change to Unemployment Prepaid Debit Card

Chase debit card will be replaced with new U.S. Bank ReliaCard®

 

AUSTIN The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that it will change providers for its unemployment benefits prepaid debit card from Chase Bank to U.S. Bank. The new U.S. Bank ReliaCard is a Visa® branded prepaid debit card that provides claimants with a fast, safe and easy way of receiving their unemployment benefits. The ReliaCard also features additional benefits such as a mobile app, email and text alerts, and a large number of free (in-network) ATMs.

 

Read about the new U.S. Bank ReliaCard in the entire press release.

 


DATE: June 1, 2016

Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in McAllen

Texas SHRM and HRCI human resource recertification credits offered at conference

 

AUSTIN The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites McAllen area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference employment law update on June 24 at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen. The conference will provide valuable information for employers and business owners concerning the legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas.

 

Read the entire press release here.

 


DATE: May 23, 2016

Workforce Solutions Releases April Labor Market Report

Health Industry Gains 3,700 Jobs Year to Date

McAllen, TX – The health industry in the McAllen Statistical Area (MSA) increased by 3,700 jobs since April of 2015. This brings the total current employment in the health industry to 68,400; subsequently, making health the highest employed nonfarm industry in the McAllen MSA.

 In April, McAllen and Edinburg tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at 4.5 percent, Harlingen was second at 5.2 percent, and Weslaco was a close third at 5.3 percent. 

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DATE: May 20, 2016

Texas Adds 189,600 Jobs Over the Past Year

State has experienced job growth in 12 of the past 13 months

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas employers expanded their payrolls in April with the addition of 8,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. The state has added jobs in 12 of the last 13 months.

“Texas employers added 189,600 jobs over the past year, creating opportunities for workers in a range of industries,” said Texas Workforce Commissioner (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas offers many competitive advantages to employers who do business in Texas, including a highly skilled workforce.”

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.4 percent in April, up slightly from 4.3 percent in March, and remained below the national average of 5.0 percent.

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April 26, 2016

Texas Middle and High Schools Showcase Innovative Young Scientists at

Texas Science and Engineering Fair

Ten Rio Grande Valley-area students earned awards at the 30th annual state-wide competition

 

 

  • Students from Brownsville, McAllen, Mercedes and Weslaco win top prizes.
  • For a full list of all Science Fair winners by category and city, please visit: https://txsef.org/news/Winners.
  • For a downloadable photo gallery of all winners, please visit: http://j.mp/2016-TESF.

More than 1,200 bright young Texans vied for prizes last weekend at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that brings together top science fair winners from across the state. The event was hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, March 31-April 2. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has co-sponsored the competition for 15 consecutive years with the ExxonMobil Foundation.

Syamantak Payra, a senior at Clear Brook High School in Friendswood was named Best in Show in the senior division. Kevin Meng, an eighth grader at Robinson Middle School in Plano, received the top junior division honor.

“The Texas Science and Engineering Fair showcased the wonderful creativity of students across the state as they competed for recognition in 20 different categories,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.  “I congratulate all of the regional and statewide winners, whose continued work in STEM fields will lead to innovative solutions for real world issues facing Texas. I thank all the volunteers on the advisory committee and around the state who worked hard to make this year’s event a success and encourage others to join us in building another exceptional event for 2017 competitors.”

Students competed in two divisions—junior (grades six through eight) and senior (grades nine through 12)—in one of 20 categories. In addition to Grand Award winners in each division and Best of Show, awards were presented to first- through third-place honorees in each category. The fair offered students the opportunity to earn their way to national and international science fairs. Many of the junior division students learned that they will have the opportunity to compete at a Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) national science fair. Twelve of the senior division winners secured a chance to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix in May.

“Events like the Texas Science and Engineering Fair help spark new passions for young Texans,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We are committed to providing a setting in which outstanding students can showcase their work in the STEM fields.”

First and second place winners from the science fair’s senior division were awarded a scholarship to attend the Texas Governor’s Science and Technology Champions Academy, a weeklong residential summer camp, also sponsored by TWC, which will be held this summer at Texas A&M University.

“This event brings out the best and the brightest students of all backgrounds,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Our hope is that these young people become inspired to continue to use those skills once they enter Texas’ workforce.”

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DATE: April 21, 2016

Workforce Solutions Releases March Labor Market Report

Trade and Hospitality Make Up 80 Percent of Jobs Increase in the McAllen MSA

McAllen, TX – With a total increase of 1,800 jobs in March, 80 percent of the jobs created were in the trade and hospitality sectors in the McAllen Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). McAllen had the lowest unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at 4.6 percent, Edinburg was second at 4.7 percent, and Harlingen was third at 5.5 percent.

“We’ve seen a strong increase in the trade and hospitality sectors in our area,” said Frank Almaraz, CEO Workforce Solutions LRGV. “This is due to the increase of travel and large attraction of tourism during the spring holidays in the RGV.”

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DATE: April 15, 2016

Texas Adds 185,000 Jobs Over the Past Year

State unemployment rate remains at 4.3 percent in March

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas added an estimated 185,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. The state experienced job gains in two of the first three months of 2016. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate maintained a 4.3 percent rate in March, matching the revised 4.3 percent rate in February and continuing to trend below the national average of 5.0 percent.

“The Texas unemployment rate continues to trend below the national average,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC remains focused on working with industry and education partners to create innovative solutions to our workforce needs around the state.”

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Date: March 29, 2016

Workforce Solutions Releases February Labor Market Report

Government Jobs Increase by1,000 in the Rio Grande Valley

McAllen, TX – With an increase of 1,000 jobs in the government industry, the McAllen and Brownsville Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) experienced a lower unemployment rate in February. The city of McAllen had the lowest unemployment rate in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) at 4.4 percent followed by at 4.5 percent, and Harlingen at 5.5 percent. The Brownsville – Harlingen MSA had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 6.8 percent and the McAllen – Edinburg – Mission MSA was at 7.5 percent for the month of February.

The leisure and hospitality sector also saw an increase in the McAllen MSA with 500 more jobs in February.

"Although the devaluing of the peso relative to the dollar has been impacting retail sales in our area recently," said Workforce Solutions Chief Executive Officer Francisco Almaraz, “the Rio Grande Valley‘s unemployment rate dropped in all counties. Strong growth in the government sector which includes law enforcement, K-12 education and local municipality jobs show that our region continues to grow.”

 

Texas gained 170,900 jobs over the past year. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in February, down from 4.5 percent in January, and remained below the national average.

 

 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 242,000 in February, and the U.S. unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.9 percent.

 

February LM Report 2016

 


DATE: March 8, 2016

 

Workforce Solutions Releases January Labor Market Report

RGV Cities Remain Below the National Unemployment Rate for

Five Consecutive Months

McAllen, TX – Since September, several Rio Grande Valley (RGV) cities have remained below the national unemployment rate. McAllen had the lowest unemployment rate in the RGV at 4.7 percent. Edinburg was a close second at 4.8 percent, and Harlingen was third at 5.6 percent.

Employment in the education and professional and business services sectors saw the largest increase in the McAllen metropolitan statistical area (MSA). In January, McAllen MSA added 700 jobs in the education sector and 600 jobs in the business industry. 

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DATE: March 4, 2016

 

Texas Economy Adds 31,400 Jobs in January 

State experienced job growth for 10th consecutive month

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, marking the tenth consecutive month of job growth for Texas.


“Texas employers added 187,400 jobs over the past year, highlighting the diversity of our economy,” said Texas Workforce Commissioner (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas Workforce Solutions continues to work with our education partners to ensure Texans have the in-demand skills required to boost job creation.”

 


Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in January, down from a revised 4.6 percent in December, and remained below the national average of 4.9 percent.

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DATE:  January 25, 2016

 

Workforce Solutions Releases December Labor Market Report

Healthcare Sector added 4,600 jobs in 2015 in Hidalgo County

 

McAllen, TX – For the second consecutive month, two of our larger Rio Grande Valley (RGV) cities remained below the national 5 percent unemployment rate. McAllen had the lowest unemployment rate in the RGV at 4.4 percent. Edinburg had the second lowest rate at 4.7 percent, and Harlingen was third lowest at 5.3 percent.

 

Employment in the healthcare industry has significantly grown in our area. Hidalgo County added 700 jobs in December and 4,600 jobs during 2015.  In the last three years, Hidalgo County added approximately 9,500 jobs in the healthcare sector alone.  

 

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DATE: January 22, 2016 

 

Texas Ends 2015 with Another Month of Job Growth

24,900 jobs added in December, 166,900 total jobs added over the year

 

 

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas employers expanded their payrolls in December with the addition of 24,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, marking the tenth month of job increases for Texas in 2015.
“Texas finished 2015 on a strong note in December with employers adding 166,900 jobs over the year across a diverse range of industries,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Our state offers many advantages to employers who choose to do business in Texas and we are pleased employers continue to create opportunities for Texas workers.”


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Date: January 12, 2016

Workforce Solutions and Hidalgo County
Adjusts Eligibility Requirements for Disaster Relief Jobs

 

 

 

Workforce Solutions and Hidalgo County have adjusted the job requirements for the more than 80 jobs available to help with disaster relief.

 

The positions available are:

-           7 Heavy Equipment Operators – Two years of experience required

-           7 Truck Drivers – CDL license/No experience required

-           71 Maintenance Workers- Lift and move more than 25 lbs./No prior work experience required 

Educational requirements - No high school diploma or GED required

 

Workforce Solutions is taking applications online at WFsolutions.org for these temporary jobs

 

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Date: January 5, 2016                        

Workforce Solutions and Hidalgo County

Open Online Registration for 85 Temporary Positions

 

The Workforce Solutions Offices are taking applications online at WFsolutions.org for temporary jobs. All applicants must first apply online at wfsolutions.org. Applicants can go to the registration page by clicking on the “Disaster Relief Jobs” button on the home page. People interested can apply from home or go to the Workforce Solutions Centers (Edinburg, Mission and Weslaco) where computers are available on-site to assist applicants with their online registration.

 

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DATE: December 30, 2015

Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching for Workers

Affected by Severe Storms in 15 Texas Counties

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission reminds individuals impacted by severe storms, occurring during the period of Oct. 22 - 31 in 15 Texas counties, that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is 11:59 p.m. CST Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 under President Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4245-DR).

The following counties are under this particular deadline:

- Bastrop, Brazoria, Caldwell, Comal, Galveston, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Liberty, Navarro, Travis, Willacy and Wilson

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DATE: December 21, 2015

 

 

                                         Workforce Solutions Releases November Labor Market Report
                           Two RGV Cities Remained Below the National Unemployment Rate

McAllen, TX – Two of our larger Rio Grande Valley (RGV) cities remained below the national unemployment rate this month. Edinburg edged out McAllen in November, with the lowest unemployment rate in the RGV at 4.8%. McAllen’s unemployment rate was 4.9%, and Harlingen had the third lowest unemployment rate in the RGV at 5.8%.

 

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DATE: December 18, 2015 

 

                                                               Texas Adds 16,300 Jobs in November
                                  State has experienced job growth in 9 of 11 months in 2015


AUSTIN ⎯ Texas employers expanded their payrolls in November with the addition 16,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, marking the ninth month of job increases for Texas in 2015.

“Texas employers added 179,300 jobs over the past year, highlighting the diversity of the Texas economy and job market,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Job seekers are encouraged to pursue these opportunities with employers by contacting their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance.”

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in November, up from 4.4 percent in October, and remained below the national average of 5.0 percent.

 

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DATE: Friday, December 11, 2015

 

WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS HONORED AT STATE CONFERENCE
AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

                       The Workforce Solutions Board of Directors Also Named
                                                 Its New Slate of Officers for 2016

 

McAllen, TX – Workforce Solutions (WFS) was recognized for outstanding board performance at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 19th Annual Texas Workforce Conference in Dallas, TX. In total WFS took home $160,000 in awards from TWC. The awards include two $30,000 top performance awards for Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker Training-Related Employment and WIA Youth Preparedness. WFS was the recipient of the $100,000 award for Youth Inspiration and Career Awareness for initiatives focused on supporting the exploration of careers for young people.

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DATE: December, 7 2015

                     Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available for Workers in 15 Counties
                         Workers Affected by Texas Severe Storms can Apply for Assistance


AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4245-DR) for workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to damage sustained from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period of Oct. 22-31, 2015. Severe weather, including destructive flooding, has devastated multiple counties and hundreds of homes and businesses have been lost, resulting in disaster-related unemployment. Applications for DUA must be submitted by Jan. 6, 2016. 

 

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DATE: November 23, 2015

 

 

Workforce Solutions Releases October 2015 Labor Market Report

McAllen, TX – The Hidalgo County unemployment remained steady at 7.4 percent in October, the lowest rate in the tri-county area.

The Government Sector led all major industries in the McAllen Metropolitan Statistical Area with an increase of 1,900 jobs in October.  The second largest growth is in the Trade and Transportation Sector which added 700 jobs last month.

 

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Date: November 20, 2015 
             

                     Texas Continues Job Growth with the Addition of 20,000 jobs in October
                                        State has gained 203,900 jobs over the past year


AUSTIN - Texas employers added 20,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in October, marking the eighth month of 2015 with jobs added. The state’s job increases have yielded a 1.7 percent annual growth rate continuing its string of positive annual growth for 66 consecutive months.

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Date: November 17, 2015

2015 Hiring Red, White and You! Job Fair in McAllen Breaks Record

The Workforce Solutions job fair broke the record of most attendees ever in the state for the 4th Annual Hiring Red, White & You!  Job Seekers in attendance in McAllen were 1,741 and 105 Employers/Community Partners.

This event is part of a statewide initiative spearheaded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), in partnership with the 28 local workforce development boards across the state.  

 

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Date: November 17, 2015

Texas Workforce Commission to Hold Public Hearings
on the Subsidized Child Care Program

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will hold public hearings at three locations throughout the state to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the administration of the state’s subsidized child care program and the draft Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) 2016-2018 State Plan. TWC welcomes input on all aspects of the state’s subsidized child care system including:

- the delivery of subsidized child care services
- alignment of early education programs
- quality initiatives and standards, including Texas Rising Star
- other topics central to early childhood education

 

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Date: November 09, 2015

                                Texas Workforce Commission Celebrates Service of Texas Veterans

In recognition of Veterans Day, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) thanks all veterans for their service and encourages Texas employers to hire our veterans and take advantage of the unique talents, skills and discipline that our nation’s returning veterans can provide in a variety of industries and occupations.

TWC also encourages veterans to seek out the many programs and services offered by TWC and its Workforce Solutions partners to assist them as they transition to the civilian workforce. The leadership skills, teamwork and discipline that our veterans gain through military service translate well to the civilian workforce in fields ranging from engineering to medicine.

 

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Date: October 20, 2015

Workforce Solutions Board Recognizes Childcare Providers

Workforce Solutions (WFS), under the direction of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), is one of 28 local workforce development boards located throughout the state. This workforce development board serves Starr, Hidalgo and Willacy counties through a network of partners. WFS subsidizes the cost of child care services for eligible families through the administration of the Child Care Services (CCS) program. These services are provided via a network of Child Care Licensed Centers and Homes.

WFS recently recognized those child care providers that have opted to participate in the Texas Rising Star (TRS) program. The Texas Rising Star (TRS) program is a voluntary program whose providers offer quality child care that exceed the State’s Minimum Child Care Licensing Standards for director and staff qualifications, caregiver-child interactions, age-appropriate curricula and activities, nutrition and indoor/outdoor activities, and parent involvement and education.

 

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Pictured are representatives of Bess Knapp Child Development and Child Care; Buzzing Beas Day Care; Castillos Group Home; Children on the Rise Development Center!; Children’s Depot LLC; Childrens Depot 2; Daddy’s Day Care Learning Academy LLC; Golden Bee Learning Center; Handprints Playschool; Kids at Play Learning Center; Las Palmas Montessori; Child Care Center 2; Learning Journey LLC; Little Angels Learning Center; Little Club Development Center Inc.; Loving Angels Child Development Center LLC; Lupita’s Day Care; Mini Kidspace Daycare & Learning Academy Inc.; Palmview Academy; Play, Learn, Construct & Conserve Child Care Center; South TX College Mid Valley Campus Child Development; The Fun of Learning Montessori Center; The Learning Journey Day School; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Child Development Center; Three Little Bears Daycare; Valley Oak Tree No. 1. 

Not pictured above are representatives of Convenient Child Care Center; Learning Zone; Rhema’s Learning Center LLC; Rio Grande Valley Educare Child Development and Learning; The Little Pack Daycare LLC.

 


 

DATE: October 19, 2015

 

Workforce Solutions Releases September Labor Market Report
Unemployment Rate Lowest Since 2008

 

McAllen, TX – The Hidalgo County unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent in September, the lowest rate in the tri-county area.
 
Government jobs that include Public Education and Law Enforcement led all major industries in the McAllen Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) with an increase of 2,100 jobs in September. Also, the Healthcare Sector took the second spot in most jobs added in McAllen MSA from the Trade and Transportation Industry with an additional 1,800 jobs in August.  

 

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DATE: October 16, 2015 

 

Texas Adds 26,600 Jobs in September
 State has added 224,800 jobs over the past year

AUSTIN - Texas added jobs in September for the seventh month of job growth in 2015. The state added 26,600 nonfarm seasonally adjusted jobs as it rebounded from a revised decrease of 3,400 jobs in August. Over the year, Texas employers have increased their payrolls by 224,800 positions since September of 2014.

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DATE: October 13, 2015 

 

TWC Announces Five Finalists for
2015 Texas Workforce Solutions Employer of the Year


AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced today that Campbell Soup Supply Company of Paris, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP of The Woodlands, Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, Lockheed Martin Lufkin Operations and Providence Healthcare Network of Waco are the finalists for the 2015 Texas Workforce Solutions Employer of the Year Award.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:10/8/15

 

Workforce Solutions Announces Starr County Job Fair

McAllen, TX –  Whether hoping to find a fresh start, a better job, or a new career direction, job seekers will find a variety opportunities at this free job fair.  Multiple businesses will be present to hire for over 80 immediate openings in a wide range of industries. Workforce Solutions (WFS) is hosting the Starr County Job Fair on October 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the WFS offices located at 5408 Brand St. Ste. 1, Rio Grande City, TX.

 

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DATE: October 1, 2015 

Hiring Red, White & You!
Veterans Hiring Fair to Take Place November 12
Fourth annual statewide veterans hiring event to be held in 27 Texas cities

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host statewide veterans hiring fairs on Thursday, Nov. 12. TWC’s fourth annual Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Hiring Fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who are seeking veterans’ exceptional skills.

 

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DATE: September 21, 2015

Workforce Solutions Releases August Labor Market Report

McAllen, TX – The Hidalgo County unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent in August, the lowest rate in the tri-county area.

Education and Health Services led all major industries in the McAllen Metropolitan Statistical Area with an increase of 1,500 jobs in August. For the second month in a row, the Trade and Transportation Sector took the second spot from the Government Industry with 52,900 jobs in August.

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DATE: September 18, 2015

Texas’ Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Since 2001

Texas gains 217,700 jobs over the past year

 

AUSTIN- The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in August, the lowest rate of unemployment for Texas since January of 2001. The Texas rate continued to trend below the national unemployment rate, which stood at 5.1 percent in August.

 

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Date: September 17, 2015

 

$48.5 Million Now Available to Texas Employers for Employee Training

TWC marks 20 years of Skills Development Fund job-training grants

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) this month announced the availability of $48.5 million in job-training funding from the Texas Legislature for Skills Development Fund grants during the 2016-17 biennium. This year marks 20 years of the Skills Development Fund customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and their workers.

The Skills Development Fund has become Texas’ premier job-training program, by providing vital training for high-demand occupations for Texas businesses and workers through collaboration among businesses, public community and technical colleges, local Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners.

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Date: September 16, 2015 


Texas Workforce Commission to Hold Four Public Meetings on the Subsidized Child Care Program

AUSTIN- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will hold public meetings at four locations throughout the state to give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the administration of the state’s subsidized child care program. TWC welcomes input on all aspects of the state’s subsidized child care system including:

- the delivery of subsidized child care services
- alignment of early education programs
- quality initiatives and standards, including Texas Rising Star
- other topics central to early childhood education

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 Date: August 24, 2015

 

Workforce Solutions Releases July Labor Market Report

 

McAllen, TX – McAllen had the lowest reported unemployment city rate, at 5.2%, followed by Edinburg with 5.5%.  Harlingen was third at 6.1%. Laredo had the lowest in the border region, at 4.5%.

Aside from the significant job losses reported in the Government sector, there were slight net job gains in Retail, Transportation and Healthcare sectors.

The national and state unemployment rate remained unchanged from the June levels of 5.3% and 4.2%, respectively.

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DATE: August 21, 2015

 

Texas Job Growth Continues with 31,400 jobs added in July

State’s employer payrolls expand in 57 of the past 58 months

AUSTIN  - Texas added jobs for the fourth consecutive month with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted non agricultural jobs in July. The state has added jobs in 57 of the last 58 months.  “Texas employers added 31,400 jobs in July, resulting in an increase of 260,500 positions over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The steady growth in jobs demonstrates the strength and diversity of the Texas economy.”

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 DATE: August 13, 2015

 

Worldwise, Trostel, WoodCrafters Home Products Partner

with South Texas College for $334,648 Job-Training Grant

 

AUSTIN Worldwise Inc., Trostel Ltd. and WoodCrafters Home Products LLC have partnered with South Texas College (STC) to provide job training for 217 new and incumbent workers using a $334,648 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande area.

 

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 DATE: August 4, 2015

College Credit for Heroes Continues Expansion with Five New Grants

Veterans program has grown to 37 college and university partners since inception


AUSTIN- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced the award of $800,000 to support five new accelerated certificate or degree programs through its College Credit for Heroes program, a statewide effort designed to maximize the award of college credit to veterans and service members for their military experience. The announcement further expands the reach of the successful program, which has now grown to include a network of 37 universities and community college partners.

 

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DATE: July 17, 2015

 Workforce Solutions Releases June Labor Market Report

McAllen, TX – Unemployment rates increased across most of the region. McAllen had the lowest reported city unemployment rate in the RGV at 5.0%, followed closely by Edinburg with 5.1%. Harlingen and Weslaco were third at 6.0% each. Laredo had the lowest in the border region at 4.6%.

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DATE: July 17, 2015

 

Texas Employers Add Jobs for Third Straight Month

June 4.2 percent unemployment rate matches state’s lowest since July 2007

 

AUSTIN - Texas marked its third straight month of seasonally adjusted job growth with the addition of 16,700 non agricultural jobs in June. The state has added jobs in 56 of the last 57 months, including a total of 53,600 positions in the first half of 2015. Over the year, Texas has seen an increase of 269,900 jobs.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 13, 2015

TWC, DARS to Hold Seven Regional Public Meetings

AUSTIN − Members of the public are invited to upcoming meetings to be held at seven locations throughout the state to provide input to officials from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) as the agencies prepare a combined state plan for core workforce programs governed by the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The meetings will also provide the public the opportunity to make recommendations related to the transfer of some DARS programs to TWC effective Sept. 1, 2016.

 

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 Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching for Workers Affected by Severe Storms in Texas Counties

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission reminds individuals impacted by severe storms in 20 Texas counties that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is 11:59 p.m. CST Wednesday, July 8 under President Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4223-DR). The following counties are under this particular deadline:

Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Denton, Eastland, Fort Bend, Gaines, Guadalupe, Henderson, Hidalgo, Johnson, Milam, Montague, Navarro, Rusk, Smith, Travis, Wichita, Williamson and Wise. 

 

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Workforce Solutions Releases May Labor Market Report
 

McAllen, TX – Nationally, the unemployment rate increased by .1% to a level of 5.5%, seasonally adjusted. Texas also increased by .1% to 4.3%.

Unemployment rates generally continued to drop across most of the region. Hidalgo and Cameron Counties dropped by .1%, Starr and Willacy Counties both dropped by .3%, and Webb County increased by .1% to 4.6%.
 

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Texas Employers Add 33,200 Jobs in May
Lone Star State gains 286,400 positions between May 2014 and May 2015

AUSTIN - Texas gained 33,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in May bringing the over-the-year total to 286,400 jobs added.

“Employers in Texas continue to create jobs in the dynamic Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Our state provides many advantages to businesses that make Texas their home, and I encourage employers to use the many resources provided through the Workforce Solutions network for their hiring needs.” 

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Winners of the 2015 Career Conference Video Contest
 

McAllen, TX - Workforce Solutions announced the winners of the 2015 Career Conference Video Contest. 

The winning videos were awarded media equipment for their school. First place was awarded $1,500 and second place $1,000 worth of media equipment.

The contestants were asked to make a video keeping in mind the conference theme Explore Your Future.  The rules indicated there is one entry per high school and it asked the contestants to demonstrate their career interests in a 30-120 second video. 

“Promoting creativity and an outlet for students to be themselves is key to a successful future,” said Frank Almaraz CEO of Workforce Solutions. “These awards will have an impact in the next generation of students on campus so that they can continue exploring their career paths.”

The winners were announced May 20th, 2015 at the McAllen Convention Center during the 2015 Career Conference: Explore Your Future! hosted by Workforce Solutions.  Later there was an award presentation at each school congratulating the students for their hard work and creativity that will serve to help others. 

 
1st Place: Connecting the Dots by Andres Garza, McAllen High School
 


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(Pictured above left to right: Albert Canales, McAllen High School Principal;
Andres Garza, student; Frank Almaraz, CEO of  Workforce Solutions)



2nd Place: Our Solution by Brandon Morris and Sixto Garza, Lone Star High School South
 


Workforce video contest
 
(Pictured above left to right: Brandon Morris, student and Sixto Garza, student)

 
Texas Adds 287,000 Jobs Over the Past Year
State unemployment rate remains at lowest level since July 2007
 
AUSTIN - Texas has added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year including a modest gain in April with the addition of 1,200 positions during the month. The state has experienced job gains in three of the first four months of 2015.
 
 

 
2015 Begins with Continued Job Growth for Texas
Unemployment continues decline as rate falls to 4.4 percent in January
 
AUSTIN –The Texas job market began 2015 with continued positive momentum in job growth as seen in 2014. The state added 20,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in January for a total increase of 392,900 jobs over the year. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in January down from 4.6 percent in December 2014.
 
 
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Texas Economy Adds 46,000 Jobs in July
Unemployment rate steady at 5.1 percent
 
Austin - The fast-growing Texas economy showed steady growth in July, adding 46,600 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs. In the last year, the Lone Star State’s economy has expanded by 396,200 jobs. The unemployment rate in Texas held steady at 5.1 percent in July, remaining well below the national unemployment rate of 6.2 percent.
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TEDC Presents Workforce Excellence Awards at 2014 Mid-Year Conference
 
San Antonio - The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) announced the recipients of its annual Workforce Excellence Awards for 2014.  The awards were presented at a special awards luncheon held Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the TEDC’s Mid-Year Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The two and one half-day conference was held June 11-13, 2014 at the La Cantera Hotel.
 
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Pictured (L to R): Dr. Ricardo R. Gonzalez, Vice-chair of the Board; Dalinda Guillen, Chairwoman of the Board; Francisco 'Frank' Almaraz, interim CEO of Workforce Solutions.
 
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ALERT!
TWC Warns Texas Job Seekers to Be Aware of False Employment Scams
Agency urges Texas job seekers to always verify potential employers
 
The reported scams can happen online, by phone or in person. Some scammers post from legitimate job-matching websites, such as TWC’s WorkInTexas.com, or have used Workforce Solutions offices to meet with the job seekers. In all cases the job seeker received promises of employment and a request for some type of up-front payment.

Reported incidents include checks sent for the victim to cash. The false employer explains that the so-called “new employee” may keep a portion of the money deposited as a signing bonus and then asks the victim to send the rest of the money to a specific address. The check later bounces and the job seeker is out all the money. Job seekers should be cautious in receiving any money from a future employer, unless they have provided something tangible of equal value to merit receiving the money.

Another reported scam includes false employers conducting interviews through instant messaging or on the phone resulting in a job offer and then asking the job seeker to purchase a prepaid card and transfer the funds to the false employer for training, a background check, uniforms or equipment needed to begin work. Texas residents are reminded that legitimate employers will never ask for money as a condition for starting work. Job seekers should never provide personally identifiable information to an employer prior to a face-to-face meeting. Job seekers also should never cash checks from anyone claiming to be an employer, or purchase any equipment, licenses, certifications, starter kits, or software packages prior to validating the employer.

TWC also warns job seekers that sometimes scammers use the names of legitimate businesses as a cover for their fraudulent activity. To verify an employer, TWC suggests that job seekers independently confirm contact information for the company, specifically the human resources department, and call to verify the job posting.

TWC encourages individuals to check their bank or other online accounts for unusual activity if they suspect they are victims of a similar scam. To report suspicious activity, please call TWC’s Fraud and Program Abuse Hotline at 
800-252-3642. To avoid becoming a victim of scams, visit the Texas Office of the Attorney General online at www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/scams.shtml or www.onguardonline.gov/, managed by the Federal Trade Commission, for more information.

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DATE: March 4, 2016

 

Texas Economy Adds 31,400 Jobs in January

State experienced job growth for 10th consecutive month

AUSTIN Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, marking the tenth consecutive month of job growth for Texas.


“Texas employers added 187,400 jobs over the past year, highlighting the diversity of our economy,” said Texas Workforce Commissioner (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas Workforce Solutions continues to work with our education partners to ensure Texans have the in-demand skills required to boost job creation.”


Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent in January, down from a revised 4.6 percent in December, and remained below the national average of 4.9 percent.