Recent Press Releases

Current Press Releases

August 19, 2019- Former TWC Chair & Commissioner Representing Employers Resigns to Serve as Texas Secretary of State

 Former Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs today announced her resignation to serve as Texas Secretary of State. Read more about the Former Chair and Commissioner Representing Employer's resignation.

August 16, 2019 - Texas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady at 3.4 Percent

In July, the Texas economy added 35,200 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent matching the all-time record low set in June. This record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976. Read more about the July labor market in the press release.

August 5, 2019 - ​Laredo College in partnership with UNI-TRADE GROUP LLC and Workforce Solutions South Texas Awarded Grants Totaling $341,115

 The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded two individual grants: a $106,508 Skills Development Fund grant and a $234,607 Jobs and Education for Texans grant. Read more about these Skills Development Fund and Jobs and Education for Texans grants in the press release.

August 2, 2019 - Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley partners with Edinburg and Pharr Economic Development Corporations to Target High Demand Job Training with Grants Totaling $112,472

Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley has been awarded two High Demand Job Training grants totaling $112,472 to match the funds provided by the Edinburg and Pharr Economic Development Corporations. Read more about these High Demand Job Training grants in the press release.

August 2, 2019 - TWC Commissioner Alvarez Presents Nearly $2,000,000 in Grant Funding to Rio Grande Valley-Area

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded six individual grants: a $1,057,620 Skills Development Fund grant to South Texas College in collaboration with RGV Med LLC; a $140,860 Self Sufficiency Fund training grant to South Texas College; four Jobs and Education for Texans grants totaling $663,506 to South Texas College, Mission Consolidated Independent School District, Monte Alto Independent School District and Weslaco Independent School District. Read more about these grants in the press release

July 30, 2019 - TWC Welcomes Newly Appointed Commissioner Representing the Public Bryan Daniel

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is pleased to welcome its new Commissioner Representing the Public, Bryan Daniel of Georgetown, Texas. Commissioner Daniel joins the three-member Commission and will serve as the representative for the public promoting and supporting the growth of Texas’ world-class employers and talented workforce that will continue to lead the Texas economy toward a promising future. Read more about Commissioner Daniel's appointment in the press release.

July 22, 2019 - Tri-Agency Partners Host Third Annual “Texas Internship Challenge” and Welcome New Employers

Texas’ Tri-Agency partners met today in Austin with industry and education stakeholders to continue the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas. Read more about the Texas internship Challenge in the press release.

19 de julio, 2019 - Ayuda por desastre disponible en los condados de Cameron, Hidalgo, y Willacy

La Comisión de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas (TWC) está aceptando solicitudes para Ayuda de desempleo por desastre (DUA) como resultado de tormentas serias e inundaciones. Leer más sobre el declaración presidencial de desastre.

July 19, 2019 - Disaster Aid Available in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy Counties

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) as a result of severe storms and flooding. Read more about the Presidential Disaster Declaration dated July 17, 2019.

July 19, 2019 - H-E-B, LP, Liquid Web LLC., Internet Contrast Company, IP Secure and Rackspace US Inc. Partner with Alamo Colleges District for a $1,071,249 Skills Development Fund Grant

H-E-B, LP, Liquid Web LLC, Internet Contrast Company, IP Secure and Rackspace US Inc. collaborated with Alamo Colleges District, as well as the Workforce Solutions Alamo, Workforce Solutions Capital Area and Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County for a $1,071,249 Skills Development Fund Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Alamo Colleges District's Skills Development Fund grant in the press release.

July 19, 2019 - Historic Low: Texas Unemployment Rate Continues to Fall to 3.4 Percent

In June, the Texas economy added 45,000 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. After shattering the all-time low in May of 2019, the unemployment rate fell again to 3.4 percent. This new record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976. Read more about June labor market in the press release.

July 11, 2019 - EnPro Associates LLC Partners with Texas State Technical College for $166,657 Job-Training Grant

EnPro Associates LLC has partnered with Texas State Technical College (TSTC) to provide job training using a $166,657 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Texas State Technical College's Skills Development Fund grant in the press release.

July 11, 2019 - Triumph Accessory Services partner with Tarrant County College for $166,805 Job-Training Grant

Triumph Accessory Services has partnered with Tarrant County College to provide job training using a $166,805 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Tarrant County College District's Skills Development Fund grant in the press release.

June 25, 2019 - Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in Horseshoe Bay

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites Central Texas–area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference on July 11-12 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay. Read more about Texas Business Conferences in the press release.

June 21, 2019 - Panola College Receives $206,323 Dual Credit, Job-Training Grant

Panola College will provide customized training and dual credit to students using a $206,323 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about dual credit grants in the press release.

June 21, 2019 - Texas Sets New Record All-Time Low Unemployment Rate of 3.5 percent

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas economy saw additional positive employment growth in May 2019, with 19,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added over the month. The Texas economy’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May 2019 set a new historic record low rate of 3.5 percent breaking the previously held low rate of 3.7 percent last held in April 2019. This new record low 3.5 percent unemployment rate is currently the lowest it has ever been since series tracking began in 1976. Read more about the May labor market in the press release.

June 6, 2019 - Teague Independent School District Receives $153,669 Dual Credit, Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ Teague Independent School District will provide customized training and dual credit to students using a $153,669 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Dual Credit grants in the press release.

June 3, 2019 - Texas Workforce Commission Awards Ten Grants totaling $640,008 in Support of Camp Code for Girls

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded ten grants totaling $640,008 for Camp Code to focus on increasing the interest of middle school girls in coding and computer science by providing summer camps. Students will get hands-on experiences that allow them learn problem solving and analytical skills while fostering an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers with a focus on computer science. Read more about Camp Code for Girls in the press release

May 29, 2019 - Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in Texarkana

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites Texarkana–area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference on June 21 at the Texarkana Convention Center in Texarkana. Read more about Texas Business Conferences in the press release.

May 24, 2019 - TWC Awards $5.7 Million from the Jobs and Education for Texans Grant Program to 27 Colleges and ISDs to Support Career Training

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 27 grants totaling $5,718,073 to multiple public community colleges, public technical institutes, public state colleges and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant program. Read more about JET grants in the press release.

May 21, 2019 - Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in San Antonio

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites Alamo–area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference on June 7 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio.  Read more about Texas Business Conferences in the press release.

May 17, 2019 - Texas Adds 28,900 Jobs in April: Unemployment Rate Falls to 3.7 Percent, Returning to All-Time Record Low Last Held in Late 2018

AUSTIN ⎯ Growth in the Texas economy continued in April, with 28,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell once more to 3.7 percent, returning to an all-time record low last held in December of 2018. April marked the 108th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment. Read more about the April labor market in the press release.

May 13, 2019- TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas Steps Down

AUSTIN – TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas announced his resignation from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Commissioner Thomas' resignation in the press release.

May 7, 2019- Brackett Independent School District Receives $53,037 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Brackett Independent School District (ISD) a $53,037 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in the welding, sanding and plasma cutting professions. Read more about Jobs and Education for Texans grants in the press release.

May 3, 2019 - Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area and Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano Economic Development Corporations Partner to Target High Demand Job Training with a $52,500 Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area has been granted a $52,500 High Demand Job Training grant to match the $56,900 in funds provided by the Marble Falls, Burnet, and Llano Economic Development Corporations. Read more about High Demand Job Training grants in the press release.

April 30, 2019 - Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conference in Eagle Pass

The Texas Workforce Commission  invites Eagle Pass–area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the Texas Business Conference on May 9 at the Eagle Pass International Center for Trade in Eagle Pass. The conferences offer employers the opportunity to learn about new employment laws, network with peers, talk one-on-one with employment attorneys, and earn education credits. To register for the conference, visit the Texas Business Conference webpage. Read more about TBC in the press release.

April 29, 2019 - Terrell High School Joins TWC In Recognizing Thirteen Students at an Official Texas Career Signing Day Ceremony

AUSTIN ⎯ Terrell High School participated in its first-ever Texas Career Signing Day in recognition of the important step students are taking to continue their career and technical education after high school. Terrell High School students signed letters of intent reflecting their commitment to continue in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in various junior colleges or career schools across the state. Career and Technical Education curriculum ensures a skilled future workforce for the Lone Star State and fast tracks students into promising careers. Read more about CTE Signing Day in the press release.

April 29, 2019 - Terrell Independent School District Receives $287, 304 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Terrell Independent School District a $287,304 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the school district purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in engineering and manufacturing. Read more about Jobs and Education for Texans grants in the press release.

April 29, 2019 - Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District Receives $268,408 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Los Fresnos Consolidated Independent School District a $268,408 Jobs and Education for Texans grant. The grant will help the district purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in manufacturing. Read more about Jobs and Education for Texans grants in the press release.

April 26, 2019 - Austin Area Urban League Receives $243,516 Self Sufficiency Fund Grant

AUSTIN⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Austin Area Urban League a $243,516 Self Sufficiency Fund training grant to help 150 individuals transition into the workforce. The grant will help provide job training skills for occupations such as certified nurse’s assistant, phlebotomist, supply chain management and computer user support specialist. 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 more about Self-Sufficiency grants in the press release.  

April 25, 2019 - Toyotetsu Texas Inc. and Forma Automotive LLC Collaborate with Alamo Colleges District for a $269,464 Skills Development Fund Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ Toyotetsu Texas Inc. and Forma Automotive LLC have collaborated with Alamo Colleges District for a $269,464 Skills Development Fund Grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Alamo area. Read more about the Skills Development Fund in the press release.

April 25, 2019 - Gregory-Portland Independent School District Receives $251,828 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Gregory-Portland Independent School District (ISD) a $251,828 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant. The grant will help the ISD purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in the healthcare profession. Read more about JET grant presentations in the press release.

April 19, 2019 - Northeast Texas Community College in Partnership with Priefert Manufacturing Company Inc. Receive $546,671 Job-Training Grant

​AUSTIN - Priefert Manufacturing Company Inc. has partnered with Northeast Texas Community College to provide job training using a $546,671 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about the April 19th Skills Development Fund grants in the press release.

April 19, 2019 - Texas Adds 22,600 Jobs in March

AUSTIN- Growth in the Texas economy continued in March, with 22,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains unchanged at 3.8 percent. March marked the 107th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment. March also marks a historic moment for the Texas economy as the Civilian Labor Force reached a record high of over 14- million. Read more about the March labor market in the press release.

April 18, 2019 - TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez Presents $322,033 in Grant Funding to Rio Grande Valley-Area

AUSTIN - The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded three individual grants: a $49,900 High Demand Job Training grant to Workforce Solutions Cameron in collaboration with Harlingen Economic Development Corporation; a $155,721 Skills Development Fund grant to Texas State Technical College – Harlingen in partnership with a manufacturing consortium; and a $116,412 Jobs and Education for Texans grant to Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. Read more about the April 18th grants in the press release.

April 17, 2019 - Manufacturing Distribution Consortium, Grayson College and Texoma Workforce Board Awarded Job-Training Grants Totaling nearly $1.3 Million

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded two individual grants: a $1,194,889 Skills Development Fund grant to Grayson College in partnership with Fisher Controls International LLC, GlobiTech Inc., Presco Polymers L.P., Renlita Custom Opening Solutions and Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. and a $100,000 High Demand Jobs Training grant to Workforce Solutions Texoma.  Read more about the April 17th grants in the press release.

April 11, 2019 - Texas State Technical College West Texas Partners with 3M-Brownwood for $78,771 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ 3M-Brownwood has partnered with Texas State Technical College West Texas to provide job training using a $78,771 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about the April 11th Skills Development Fund grants in the press release.

April 10, 2019 - Valley Regional Medical Center Partners with Texas State Technical College for $202,162 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ Valley Regional Medical Center has partnered with Texas State Technical College to provide job training using a $202,162 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about the April 10th Skills Development Fund grants in the press release.

April 5, 2019 - TWC Celebrates 51st Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act

AUSTIN – On March 4, 2019, Texas Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed April 2019 to be Fair Housing Month. Read more about Fair Housing Month in the press release.

April 4, 2019 - Innovative Texas Middle and High Schoolers Showcased at 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair

COLLEGE STATION - 1,400 of the brightest students in Texas vied for prizes last weekend at the Texas Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that brings together top science and engineering fair winners from across the state. Read more about the 2019 Texas Science and Engineering Fair in the press release.

April 4, 2019- Tempur Sealy International Inc. and Igloo Products Corporation Partner with Blinn College for $991,823 Skills Development Fund Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ Tempur Sealy International Inc. and Igloo Products Corporation Partners have partnered with Blinn College to provide job training using a $991,823 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Skills Development Fund Grants in the press release.

April 1, 2019 - Summer Work Program Aims to Connect 2,500 Texas Students with Jobs

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the kickoff of its 2019 Summer Earn and Learn program that provides students with disabilities, aged 14-22, work readiness training and paid work experience. Read more about Summer Earn and Learn in the press release.

March 29, 2019 - TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez Presents $262,582 in Grant Funding to Rio Grande Valley-Area

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded three individual grants: a $71,520 High Demand Job Training (HDJT) grant to South Texas College with Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley; a $95,323 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant to Hidalgo Independent School District; and a $95,739 Self Sufficiency Fund grant to Cameron County Education Initiative Inc. Read more about the HDJT, JET, and Self Sufficiency Fund grants in the press release.

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Press Release Audio Downloads

  • July 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez (English)July 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioJuly 2019 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • June 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)June 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioJune 2019 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • June 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)June 2019 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioJune 2019 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • May 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez (English)May 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioMay 2019 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • April 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)April 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioApril 2019 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • April 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)April 2019 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioApril 2019 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • March 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian Alvarez (English)March 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioMarch 2019 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • February 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)February 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioFebruary 2019 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • February 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)February 2019 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioFebruary 2019 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF

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