Recent Press Releases

Current Press Releases

November 15, 2019 - Historic Low Continues in October 2019: Texas Adds Fifth Month of Record Low Unemployment

The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent in October 2019. This marks the fifth consecutive month of record low unemployment in the state starting in June 2019. It is the lowest unemployment rate since series tracking began in 1976. Read more about the October labor market in the press release.

November 14, 2019 - Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas and Deep East Texas College and Career Alliance Partner for $189,021 Dual Credit, Job-Training Grant and $50,000 High Demand Job Training Grant

Jasper Independent School District will provide customized training to students utilizing equipment funded by the Texas Workforce Commission through a $189,021 Dual Credit grant. Training supported by the grant allows students to earn credits towards occupational licenses or certifications. Read more about these grants in the press release.

November 8, 2019 - TWC Seeks Volunteers for Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is currently accepting applications to serve on the Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities. Read more about the application process for the Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities in the press release.

November 8, 2019 - TWC Celebrates Workforce Development Through 2019 Texas Apprenticeship Week and ApprenticeshipTexas Program

National Apprenticeship Week (NAW), now in its fifth year, will take place November 11 – 17 and is a nationwide celebration that gives businesses, communities, and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices while providing valuable information to career seekers. Read more about Texas Apprenticeship Week 2019 in the press release.

November 7, 2019 - Wortham ISD Receives $137,657 Jobs and Education for Texans Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Wortham ISD a $137,657 Jobs and Education for Texans grant. The grant will help the school purchase and install equipment to provide students with training for careers in the welding and pipefitting professions. Read more about the Wortham ISD grant in the press release.

November 5, 2019 - We Salute You! Texas Workforce Commission Celebrates Texas Veterans for Their Service and Encourages Employers to Hire Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) would like to thank all veterans of all branches for their sacrifice and service, their bravery shown and the example they set to all. To all those who have served and continue to serve, we are grateful for your valor, sacrifice and service to preserve and protect our country’s values. We salute you! Read the complete Veterans Day message in the press release.

October 31, 2019 - Disaster Unemployment Aid Now Available for individuals affected by Tropical Storm Imelda in 1 Additional Texas County: San Jacinto County - Ayuda de Desempleo por Desastre Ahora Disponible para un Condado Adicional de Texas: el Condado de San Jacinto

The Texas Workforce Commission is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in 1 additional county as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda. Read more about how to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance related to Tropical Storm Imelda.
La Comisión de la Fuerza Laboral de Texas está aceptando solicitudes de Asistencia de Desempleo por Desastre en un condado adicional como resultado de la tormenta tropical Imelda. Lee más sobre Ayuda de desempleo por desastre (DA) como resultado de la tormenta tropical Imelda.

October 28, 2019 - 2019 Hiring Red, White & You! Statewide Veterans Hiring Fair to Take Place November 7

For the eighth year, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with 28 local workforce development boards and the Texas Veterans Commission, will host veterans hiring fairs in 31 cities throughout Texas on Thursday, Nov. 7. TWC’s eight annual Hiring Red, White & You! statewide hiring fair is a joint initiative supported by the Office of the Governor, the Texas Medical Center (TMC) and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) to connect veterans and their spouses in Texas with employers who are seeking the exceptional skills of  veterans and their spouses. Read more about the statewide veterans hiring fair in the press release.

October 24, 2019 - Texas Students Have Many Career Options: TWC Showcases the Importance of Education for Career Development at 10th Annual South by Southwest Education Conference

The Texas Workforce Commission was recently selected to participate in the tenth annual South by Southwest Education Conference taking place in Austin, Texas March 9-12, 2020. Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez will participate in a panel entitled “Workforce Counselors Guiding Pathways for Seniors.” Read more about the panel in the press release.

October 23, 2019 - Corpus Christi Medical Center Partners with Del Mar College for $464,747 Job-Training Grant

​The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Corpus Christi Medical Center partnering with Del Mar College a $464,747 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend area. Read more about the Skills Development Fund grant in the press release.

October 18, 2019 - North Central Texas College in Partnership with Peterbilt Motor Company, Thirty-One Gifts and Samsung HVAC Awarded Grants Totaling $1,036,776 in Job-Training Grants

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded two individual grants: a $553,405 Skills Development Fund grant to North Central Texas College in partnership with a consortium of Thirty-One Gifts and Samsung HVAC and a $483,371 Skills Development Fund grant to North Central Texas College in collaboration with Peterbilt Motor Company. Read more about North Central Texas College's grants in the press release.

October 18, 2019 - Texas Maintains Record Low Unemployment Rate of 3.4 Percent for Fourth Consecutive Month

 In September, the Texas economy added 7,600 seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm positions. The unemployment rate held steady for the fourth month in a row at 3.4 percent matching the all-time record low first set in June. This record is currently the lowest the unemployment rate has been since series tracking began in 1976. Read more about the September labor market in the press release.

October 17, 2019 - Healthcare Management Systems, Inc. Partners with Richland College for $541,112 Job-Training Grant

Healthcare Management Systems, Inc. has partnered with Richland College to provide job training using a $541,112 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Read more about Richland College's Skills Development Fund grant in the press release.

October 16, 2019 - Finalists for 2019 Texas Workforce Solutions Large and Small Employers of the Year Announced by TWC - Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. Wins Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year Award

​The Texas Workforce Commission announced today that McLane Southwest, Stanley Black & Decker and Texas Mutual Insurance Company are the finalists for the 2019 Texas Workforce Solutions Large Employer of the Year Award. BWJ Metalworks LLC, Goodwill Industries of Northwest Texas and Hobbs Bonded Fibers are the finalists for the 2019 Texas Workforce Solutions Small Employer of the Year Award. TWC also named Adaptive Construction Solutions, Inc. as this year’s Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year winner. Read more about the finalists and the winner in the press release.

October 14, 2019 - Cargill & Eagle Systems Partner with Texas State Technical College for $115,132 Job-Training Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded Cargill & Eagle Systems in partnership with Texas State Technical College  a $115,132 Skills Development Fund grant. Read more about TSTC Waco's Skills Development Fund grant in the press release.

October 9, 2019 - Mueller Co., LLC Partners with Texas State Technical College for $107,705 Job-Training Grant

Mueller Co., LLC has partnered with Texas State Technical College to provide job training using a $107,705 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.

October 9, 2019 - Texarkana College Awarded Nearly $1,000,000 in Grants

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded two grants: a $781,361 Skills Development Fund grant to Texarkana College in partnership with Graphics Packaging International, LLC and a $196,534 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant to Texarkana College. These grants will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas area. Read more about the grants in the press release.

October 8, 2019 - Disaster Aid Available in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and Orange Counties

The Texas Workforce Commission  is accepting applications for Disaster Unemployment Assistance as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda.
Read more about how to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance related to Tropical Storm Imelda.
Lee más sobre Ayuda de desempleo por desastre (DA) como resultado de la tormenta tropical Imelda.

October 8, 2019 - 2019 Statewide Texas HireAbility Events Connect Employers and Job Seekers with Disabilities

The Texas Workforce Commission  is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. Read more about 2019 HireAbility events in the press release.

October 2, 2019 - Texas HireAbility Employer Forum to Focus on Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) in partnership with the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, Workforce Solutions Borderplex and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS) hosted area employers, human resource professionals and employment stakeholders at the Texas HireAbility Employer Forum at the El Paso Zoo on Wednesday, October 2. Read more about the forum in the press release.

October 1, 2019 - TWC Awards FIRST in Texas a $1,000,000 Competitive Robotics Grant

Texas Workforce Commission has awarded FIRST in Texas a $1,000,000 Texas High School Competitive Robotics Education Team Development and Support Program grant. The purpose of the program is to expand statewide participation in robotics programs for high school students. Read more about the Robotics Program in the press release.

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Press Release Audio Downloads

  • October 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezOctober 2019 Labor Market Data English AudioOctober 2019 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • September 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Bryan DanielSeptember 2018 Labor Market Data AudioSeptember 2019 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • August 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Aaron DemersonAugust 2019 Labor Market Data AudioAugust 2019 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • July 2019 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezJuly 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 AlvarezMay 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 AlvarezMarch 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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