Recent Press Releases

Current Press Releases

March 27, 2017 - Students to Compete at 2017 Texas Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio

AUSTIN – More than 1,200 Texas middle and high school students will present their outstanding projects at the 2017 Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues its commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the success of tomorrow’s workforce by co-sponsoring the event for the 16th consecutive year with ExxonMobil. Read more about the Texas Science and Engineering Fair.

March 24, 2017 - Texas Economy Adds 6,700 Jobs in February

AUSTIN - The Texas economy expanded in February with the addition of 6,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 4.9 percent in February, up slightly from 4.8 percent in January. Read more about the February Labor Statistics.

March 10, 2017 - Texas Adds 51,300 Jobs in January

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 51,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent. Read more about the January Labor Statistics.

March 9, 2017 - BASF Partners with Brazosport College for $328,340 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ BASF Corporation has partnered with Brazosport College to provide job training using a $328,340 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Gulf Coast area. Read about the Brazosport College specialized training here.

March 6, 2017 - State Agencies to Host Fifth Annual Historically Underutilized Business Vendor Fair

AUSTIN – Dozens of state agencies and universities will be on hand for a networking opportunity targeted to businesses owned by women, service-disabled veterans and minorities for an event where they can learn about vendor opportunities, state business needs and network with state government purchasers. The 2017 Interagency Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Vendor Fair - Marketing for Success will take place on April 5 at the Commons Learning Center, located at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus of the University of Texas, 10100 Burnet Rd in Austin. Admission and parking are free for registered participants. Find HUB registration and fair information here.

March 6, 2017 - Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in Brownsville

AUSTIN — The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites Brownsville–area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference employment law update on March 24 at the Fort Brown Memorial Center in Brownsville. The conference will provide valuable information for employers and business owners concerning the legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas. Learn about Brownsville TCB conference.

March 1, 2017 - Texas Science and Engineering Fair Seeking Judges for 2017 Competition

AUSTIN – More than 1,200 Texas middle and high school students will display their outstanding projects at the 2017 Texas Science and Engineering Fair. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues its commitment to the success of tomorrow’s workforce by co-sponsoring the event with ExxonMobil for the 16th consecutive year. The fair, which is being hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center from March 31 to April 1, 2017 in San Antonio. Read about the Texas STEM Competition.

March 1, 2017 - TWC Reminds Employers: Required Workplace Posters are Free of Charge

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages employers to review the workplace poster requirements in Texas and to be sure that all posters are up-to-date and displayed correctly. TWC also urges all employers to be aware of solicitors who may try to coerce employers to purchase required workplace posters from them. TWC has investigated reports of vendors claiming to be state contractors, implying in notices sent that employers are not in compliance with state law and urging employers to buy workplace posters from the vendor. TWC advises employers to disregard these vendor notices

February 10, 2017 - TWC Announces $1.5 Million in Funding for Pilot Program to Support Foster Youth

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is seeking education partners for a pilot program to help increase the number of Texas foster youth who graduate from high school. TWC announced the availability of $1.5 million in funding for the Foster Youth Dropout Recovery and High School Completion pilot program that will help current and former 16- to 25-year-old foster youth earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, with the opportunity to gain workforce skills and a pathway to employment or postsecondary education. Read about the Foster Youth pilot program here.

 

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  • 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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