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Grants to improve childcare, San Antonio jobs

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

A number of grants will go towards expanding childcare programs, which will impact San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) approved plans for the use of $229.9 million in federal child care block grant funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 with a clear focus on working to increase the quality of care and strengthen early learning across the state.

It is the single largest federal allocation increase in the history of the Texas Child Care Development Fund program. TWC, through its network of 28 local workforce development boards, will use the funding to expand high quality early childhood education and child care service programs to an estimated 28,000 additional Texas children per day in FY 2019.

Texas is allocating $189 million, including funds for rate increases with a clear focus on Texas Rising Star (TRS) quality care, to support Direct Child Care Services, and designating an additional $40 million dollars to help providers enhance the quality of care they offer and to support partnerships that build school readiness.

“This historic increase in child care funding will allow more Texas families to receive high-quality child care, and allow parents to focus on acquiring occupational skills, gain stable employment or advance in a career,” said Gov. Abbott.  “Additionally, this money will be devoted to increasing the quality of our child care system to improve student academic outcomes across the state.”

“We are committed to building a Texas Early Learning Partnership that strengthens existing alliances and builds new ones to expand high-quality TRS learning environments for children and enhance overall school readiness,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Through these funds we will grow our high-quality Pre-K partnership efforts with TRS providers, make available collaborative matching grants to advance local TRS related early learning strategies, and strengthen the position of our 28 local workforce development boards around the state to advance high quality care activities.”

TWC’s child care services program supports quality child care services and provides subsidized child care assistance for low-income families. Local workforce boards administer the program, offering education, guidance and support to participating families in selecting quality care for their children from a number of local providers who meet the TRS qualifications. This funding will allow more parents to receive subsidized child care, reducing expanding waiting lists, and will make a large investment in both direct care as well as quality improvement.

Education jobs in San Antonio added

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

A number of education jobs in San Antonio have been added, according to recent labor statistics.

The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth.

Over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 26,400 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, down slightly from May 2018.

“Recognition of Texas as the premier place to do business in the country is reinforced by employers adding another 27,200 jobs in June and an impressive 359,500 jobs over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Broad-based growth across our industries remains solid with ten of eleven industries adding jobs in the dynamic and prolific job creating Texas economy.”

June’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 5.8 percent. Over the month, Mining and Logging added 4,900 jobs, followed by the Construction industry with 2,900 positions, while Manufacturing employment expanded by 2,600 positions.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Professional and Business added 7,300 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for June.

Also within this sector, Education and Health Services added 6,000 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 3,500 positions.

“Private-sector employment remained strong with Texas employers adding 351,700 jobs over the year and 26,400 jobs added in June,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “TWC is committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.4 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 3.1 percent. The Austin-Round Rock, and Odessa MSAs recorded the third lowest rate of 3.2 percent for June.

 

A new website and San Antonio jobs

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

A new job matching system is connecting employees to San Antonio jobs, among other Texas locales.

The new WorkInTexas.com website will have a user-friendly mobile design, offer modern communications capabilities, and increased access to jobs and workforce talent. The site will also enable Texas Workforce Solutions to significantly enhance service delivery, offering employers and job seekers another reason to connect with their local workforce development boards.

Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) core mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. Economic prosperity is directly tied to the ability of employers to recruit and retain qualified employees and for job seekers to easily search and apply for jobs. WorkInTexas.com advances Texas’ ability to attract and retain businesses and talent.

“We are pleased to advance the recommendation in our Tri-Agency report to Governor Abbott to replace WorkInTexas.com with a robust, leading edge tool reflecting current technology and customized to meet the needs of Texas employers and workers,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The new tool is designed with guidance offered by employers, local workforce development board leaders, regional stakeholders and other key partners, and we anticipate it to be a significant upgrade over current capabilities.”

TWC has selected Geographic Solutions to modernize and significantly enhance WorkInTexas.com, the free job-matching website TWCadministers for Texas’ workforce system. With more than 26 years of experience, Geographic Solutions is the nation’s leading provider of workforce solutions in over 30 states. Built on the company’s proven Virtual OneStop software platform, the new WorkInTexas.com will enable Texas’ workforce system to deliver high-quality candidate matching for employers and job matching for job seekers.

“We thank Texas employers who provided valuable input to help craft requirements for the new WorkInTexas.com website,” said TWCCommissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The new WorkInTexas.com site will increase employer access to talent, improve candidate matches to job descriptions and incorporate local and regional labor market information to support informed business decisions.”

For job seekers, the new WorkInTexas.com will feature a user-friendly, responsive design; a mobile app; a résumé building tool; the ability to upload multiple résumé versions; receive email and text notifications; and filter by veterans preference hiring. The site will also aggregate job postings from more than 20,000 online sources, offering the largest source of unduplicated jobs in Texas.

“We look forward to launching the new WorkInTexas.com to millions of job seekers, allowing them to easily search and apply for jobs, manage their résumés for the best possible match outcomes, and participate in online job readiness training opportunities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.