Recent Press Releases

Current Press Releases

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

  • 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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