Recent Press Releases

Current Press Releases

November 17, 2017 - Texas’ Unemployment Rate Falls to Record Low 3.9 percent

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy added 71,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in October. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.6 percent in October, marking 90 consecutive months of annual growth. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, setting a record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades.

November 13, 2017 - Texas Workforce Commission Announces Texas Operation Welcome and We Hire Vets Web Portal

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently launched its rebranded web portal Texas Operation Welcome Home to better meet the employment needs of transitioning service members, recently separated veterans and military spouses. The portal includes information and web links to several employment and training initiatives for veterans and employers. Read about the web portal in the press release.

November 10, 2017 - $1.5 Million Awarded to Four Foster Youth Dropout Prevention Pilot Programs

AUSTIN—The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently announced the award of $1.5 million in funding for the Foster Youth Dropout Recovery and High School Completion pilot program to help current and former foster youth ages 16 to 25 earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, and obtain high-demand workforce skills with the goal of ensuring that this vulnerable population has a pathway to postsecondary education or employment in high-demand occupations. Read about the program in the press release.

November 9, 2017 - Manufacturing Consortium Partners with Collin College for $510,246 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ A Manufacturing Consortium, including Air Liquide America, Lennox Industries, Inc, TYG Products, and UNICOM Engineering, Inc, has partnered with Collin College to provide job training using a $510,246 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Dallas area. For more information on this grant, read the press release.

November 8, 2017 - Texas Workforce Commission Recognizes Texas Apprenticeship Week

AUSTIN – During Texas Apprenticeship Week, TWC’s ApprenticeshipTexas, encourages employers to discover how Registered Apprenticeship programs provide training opportunities for businesses, education partners, labor organizations and industry associations meet the ongoing need for a skilled workforce. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation recognizing November 12-18, 2017 as Texas Apprenticeship Week to distinguish the importance of apprenticeship programs and the cutting edge of workforce development in Texas. For more information on Apprenticeship Texas and Texas Apprenticeship Week, read the press release here.

November 8, 2017 ⎯ El Centro College Receives $126,000 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded El Centro College a $126,000 Self Sufficiency Fund training grant to help 60 individuals transition into the workforce. The grant will help provide job training skills for occupations such as licensed insurance sales producers. Grant funding from the Self Sufficiency Fund will assist in developing the technical education and learning environment that will lead to industry recognized certificates and credentials. Read the press release for more information about this grant.

November 8, 2017 - Texas Workforce Commission Celebrates Texas Veterans for Their Service

AUSTIN – In recognition of Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) would like to thank all veterans for their sacrifice and service. TWC encourages Texas employers to hire our veterans and take advantage of the unique talents, skills and discipline that our nation’s returning veterans provide in a variety of industries and occupations. Read more about the Veterans Day message in the press release.

November 2, 2017 - Manufacturing Consortium Partners with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service for $2M Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN – A Manufacturing Consortium including Accredo Packaging Inc., Aker BioMarine Manufacturing, Blue Bell Creameries, Samson Controls Inc., Thrustmaster of Texas Inc., and Untied States Gypsum Company, has partnered with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to provide job training using a $2,015,592 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Brazos Valley and Gulf Coast areas of Texas. Read more about the grant in the press release.

November 2, 2017 ⎯ Eustace Independent School District Receives $100,326 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Eustace Independent School District (Eustace ISD) a $100,326 a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 192 students with training for careers in the welding profession. The purchased equipment will continue to support the welding program and future students enrolled with Eustace ISD. Read more about this grant in the press release.

November 1, 2017 - San Diego ISD Receives $50,346 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded San Diego Independent School District (San Diego ISD) a $50,346 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 100 students with training for careers in the nursing profession. The purchased equipment will continue to support the nursing program and future students enrolled with San Diego ISD. Read more about this grant in the press release.

November 1, 2017 - Freer Independent School District Receives $345,831 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Freer Independent School District (Freer ISD) a $345,831 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide 76 students with training for careers in the nursing profession. The purchased equipment will continue to support the nursing program and future students enrolled with Freer ISD. Read more about the grant in the press release.

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Press Release Audio Downloads

  • October 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)October 2017 Labor Market Data English AudioOctober 2017 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • October 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)October 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioOctober 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • September 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezSeptember 2017 Labor Market Data AudioSeptember 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • August 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)Augus 2017 Labor Market Data English AudioAugust 2017 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • August 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)August 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioAugust 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • July 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Chairman Andres AlcantarJuly 2017 Labor Market Data AudioJuly 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • June 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)June 2017 Labor Market Data Audio EnglishJune 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text English PDF
  • June 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)June 2017 Labor Market Data Audio SpanishJune 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text Spanish PDF
  • May 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezMay 2017 Labor Market Data AudioMay 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • April 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth HughsApril 2017 Labor Market Data AudioApril 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • March 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Chairman Andres AlcantarMarch 2017 Labor Market Data AudioMarch 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • February 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezFebruary 2017 Labor Market Data AudioFebruary 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • January 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth R. HughsJanuary 2017 Labor Market Data Audio January 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • December 2016 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Chairman Andres AlcantarDecember 2016 Labor Market Data Audio December 2016 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF

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