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Are data analysis jobs in San Antonio climbing?

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019

The number of data analysis jobs in San Antonio may be increasing, according to a recent study from Careerbuilder on job seeker trends.

Recruiting Trends to Watch for 2019

  • The job seeker experience is paramount: HR managers (36 percent) cite improved user experiences for candidates, employees, and hiring managers as a top priority for recruitment and HR management going into 2019.
  • Efficiency is critical: HR managers also say helping recruiters to be more efficient in filling roles faster with higher quality candidates (29 percent) and expediting background checks (24 percent) are seen as top priorities for recruitment and HR management going into 2019.
  • Streamlined communication: Twenty-two percent of HR managers believe technology will be most beneficial in helping manage and maintain regular communication with job candidates during the application process. To simplify the process, CareerBuilder’s new TD Companion App enables hiring managers to communicate directly with candidates through text message and email.
  • Speak the same language: Recruiters speak one language and candidates speak another; it’s no wonder 39 percent of HR managers say technology would be most beneficial in helping with sorting through applicants to identify top candidates and remove candidates that are not qualified. CareerBuilder has crossed the language barrier with the use of AI and semantic search to halve the applicant to hire ratio.
  • Perfecting the process: Bad hires can negatively affect companies, and the main ways they impacted employers’ businesses last year were less productivity (28 percent), they negatively impacted employee morale (25 percent), and they drove up costs for recruiting and training other workers (24 percent). Additionally, employers who have had a bad hire affect their business in the past year estimate the average cost of a bad hire is more than $18,700.

Top Areas for Hiring in 2019

As new technologies are constantly introduced, legacy industries are being transformed and the need for workers with specialized, high-tech capabilities is on the rise.

  • In Demand Areas for Hiring
    • Jobs tied to skilled labor: 25 percent
    • Jobs tied to data analysis: 21 percent
    • Jobs tied to digital marketing: 12 percent
    • Jobs tied to cyber security: 11 percent
    • Jobs tied to AI and machine learning: 10 percent
    • Jobs tied to healthy living: 10 percent
  • Hiring by Region: Where Employers Are Hiring Full-Time, Permanent Employees
    • West: 44 percent
    • South: 42 percent
    • Northeast: 37 percent
    • Midwest: 35 percent

Are San Antonio oil and gas jobs growing?

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Some labor statistics show that San Antonio oil and gas jobs may be climbing.

The Texas economy added another month of positive employment growth, with 38,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added for the month of December. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, and has remained at the same historic 43-year low since October 2018.

Annual employment growth for Texas was 3.2 percent in December, and marked 104 consecutive months of annual growth. Over the year, Texas has added 391,800 jobs as Total Nonfarm employment reached a new high of 12,744,100.

“Texas is the place to be for job growth and economic development as Texas employers in our state continue to create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce. Since last December, Texas employers added 391,800 jobs, and for the third consecutive month, unemployment in Texas is at record lows,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “With mining and logging jobs, which includes oil and gas employment, up 18 percent from the prior year, our employers and our workers are providing the energy that fuels the U.S. economy.”

Private sector annual employment growth was 3.7 percent in December and has held above 3.0 percent since April 2018. Ten out of 11 major industries expanded over the month as well as over the year.

Mining and Logging registered a series-high annual growth rate of 18.0 percent. Annually, this industry also led all other major industries in Texas since May 2017. Construction added 4,500 jobs over the month. It grew at 6.4 percent over the year, second fastest among major industries in Texas. Its annual growth has stayed positive since September 2011.

“With businesses hiring at a record clip, there’s never been a better time to plan a great Texas career,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “A great way to start a career in growing, well-paying fields in industries like construction or mining and logging is through Registered Apprenticeships, where employees can earn while they learn. Visit or your local Texas Workforce Solutions office to learn more about these great opportunities.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded December’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA and Odessa MSA which tied for the second lowest with a rate of 2.6 percent. The Austin-Round Rock MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 2.7 percent.

“The December labor statistics show annual growth of 388,800 jobs in Texas’ private-sector industries, and 35,400 jobs added over the month. This speaks to the ongoing strength of our economy and the incredible opportunities it creates for job seekers and employers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “Through Texas Workforce Commission workforce training programs such as the Skills Development Fund and the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET), workers have the opportunity to realize the full potential that our state has to offer.”

Website connects job seekers with San Antonio jobs

Monday, March 4th, 2019

A newly launched website is connecting job seekers with San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) launched a new website that will make accessing the agency’s statistics easier. The new site, replaces and features a user-friendly dashboard with intuitive navigation.

The site brings the state’s economic data into the twenty-first century with mobile compatibility, which allows Texans to access the information on-the-go. In addition to compatibility across all platforms and availability, the new site offers improved navigation and intuitive workflow, making Texas’s labor market data more accessible.

“Our new LMI website ensures the most up-to-date labor market data is readily available to employers throughout the state, and creates a simplified platform to find this information,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “I encourage all Texas employers to utilize this website as it can be helpful with wage analysis, economic trends, and projected occupations. This is one of many tools that Texas uses in order to keep our economy competitive.”

Using, business and workers can capitalize on the site’s easy-to-use dashboard to monitor staffing trends, annual growth rate and latest economic indicators for the state. is now the state’s central hub for monthly labor market data including the unemployment rate, Total Nonagricultural Wage and Salary data.

“This platform was designed as a tool to be used by all, including job seekers, employers, students and economic developers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.  “It is our hope that Users will become familiar and use and other free resources on our website to explore career opportunities, trends and wage data.”

The TWC’s Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) Department is a statewide and national leader in making career information and labor market data available online to the public. In 2017 and 2018, LMCI’s Texas Career Check (, Texas Reality Check (, and Texas Labor Analysis ( have all won awards from the Texas Center for Digital Government.

Record airport numbers may mean more tourism jobs in San Antonio

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Millions of people going through the airport may mean more tourism jobs in San Antonio.

San Antonio International Airport’s streak continued in January with its 31st consecutive month of record-breaking passenger numbers, according to industry travel data just released. The airport served 755,157 passengers throughout the month, the highest of any January on record and 7%, or more than 52,000 passengers, over the same period in 2018.

“This growth reflects our ongoing trend of progress enhancing industry relationships to gain and retain air service to meet our customers’ needs,” said Russ Handy, Aviation Director for the City of San Antonio.

Domestically, traffic at San Antonio International (SAT) rose nearly 8% compared to the same month last year, and notably international traffic increased over 5% with a decrease in capacity just over 4%.

SAT also surpassed goals for air cargo with 22,891,405 tons of total weight, representing a 9.6% increase, a level not reached during the month of January since 2008.

This is a healthy start to what is anticipated to be another record year. The SAT team is projecting more than 7% increase in capacity for 2019.

Over the past three years, SAT has welcomed multiple new flights to new destinations and added capacity to existing markets. These additions are a reflection of the flourishing economy in this fast growing city.