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Dropout pilot prevention programs and San Antonio jobs

Friday, December 8th, 2017

New dropout pilot prevention programs will help keep kids at school and in line to get San Antonio jobs.

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.

This initiative was included among the recommendations of the Tri-Agency Report to the Governor: Prosperity Requires Being Bold: Integrating Education and the Workforce for a Bright Texas Future released in 2016. Commissioners from TWC, the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board identified a need to support foster youth among major initiatives included in statewide efforts for the next generation that will make Texas the clear leader in targeted fields and position the state for future economic success.

“These Foster Youth pilots will demonstrate how we can work in partnership to enhance postsecondary outcomes for former foster students by increasing their rates of high school completion, high-demand skills attainment, and postsecondary enrollment,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.

The $1.5 million will be used to create four 18- to 24-month high school completion pilot programs for current and former foster youth that will support internships, applied learning opportunities, and offer support services for postsecondary education and training opportunities.

“The pilot program will not only assist foster care youth in becoming independent adults, but will help meet the growing demand for skilled workers and provide an additional talent pipeline for our Texas employers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs

Is San Antonio unemployment on the decline?

Friday, December 8th, 2017

New labor statistics show that San Antonio unemployment rates may be declining.

he 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.

 

Leisure and Hospitality employment rebounded by adding 34,700 jobs in October after experiencing its largest monthly decline in September due to hurricane-affected business closures.

Over the year, this industry has gained 41,000 jobs. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment grew by 10,300 jobs, and Professional and Business Services expanded by 6,300 jobs.

“Private-sector employers added 64,100 jobs in October and have accounted for the addition of 279,300 positions in Texas over the past year as the state has continued to expand its employment,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “I invite Texas employers to participate in the We Hire Vets recognition program to recognize them for their commitment to hiring our nation’s heroes.”

The Amarillo and Midland Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.4 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan MSA with a rate of 2.5 percent. The Austin-Round Rock and Lubbock MSAs registered a rate of 2.6 percent for October.

“Several Goods Producing industries are showing strength in Texas, including Construction, which expanded by 4,500 jobs in October” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “In recognition of Texas Apprenticeship Week this week, I encourage our labor force to tap into TWC’s apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a well-paying career.”

 

Texas adds tech jobs in San Antonio

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Texas has been busy adding more tech jobs in San Antonio.

Texas’s technology industry added more than 11,000 new jobs in 2016, according to Cyberstates 2017the annual analysis of the nation’s tech industry released by CompTIA.

With an estimated 593,000 workers, Texas ranks second among the 50 states for tech industry employment.

Technology occupations across all other industries in Texas – the second component of the tech workforce – reached an estimated 626,300 in 2016.

The tech sector accounts for an estimated 7.2 ($117.2 billion) percent of the overall Texas economy.

The annualized average wage for a Texas tech industry worker was an estimated $102,300 in 2016, 89 percent higher than the average state wage ($54,100). Texas ranks 13th nationally in average tech industry wages.

  • In 2016 Texas led the nation by a wide margin in the number of new tech business establishments created (911). The state is now home to an estimated 36,245 tech business establishments.
  • Texas also leads the country in the telecommunications services; computer, peripheral and software wholesalers; and computer and electronic repairs sectors of the industry.
  • The tech industry employs an estimated 5.1 percent of the overall Texas workforce.
  • Leading tech occupations include computer system analysts (65,310), computer user support specialists (62,760) and application software developers (56,430).
  • The strongest year-over-year job growth occurred in the categories of computer systems design and IT services (+ 7.2 percent) and R&D and testing labs (+ 4 percent).
  • State employers posted more than 42,600 job openings for tech occupations in Q4 2016.