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Trade jobs in San Antonio grow

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The number of trade jobs in San Antonio are climbing, according to recent labor statistics.

The Texas economy saw more positive employment growth to begin 2019, with 15,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added in January. After holding at a historic low for five consecutive months, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.8 percent. January marked the 105th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment.

“Texas employers added 292,000 jobs since last January, an increase of 2.4 percent, which provides exceptional opportunities for our highly skilled workforce and highlights the competitive strength of our diverse economy,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas is state that continues to welcome new employers and was recently awarded the Governor’s Cup for our efforts in economic development for a record- breaking seventh year in a row.”

Private sector annual employment growth held steady at 2.6 percent in January and has held above 2.0 percent since October 2017.

The Professional and Business Services industry led over the month with a gain of 8,800 jobs. This industry also gained the second most jobs over the year with 47,800 positions, for a 2.8 percent annual growth rate.  Included in this industry, the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sector contributed most of the job gains over the year with 33,000 positions.

“Positive economic growth means continued opportunities for the expanding labor force here in Texas in well-paying industries such as Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Construction,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The Texas labor force has much to offer and there are resources available to find the perfect occupational fit. I encourage our labor force to connect with TWC’s apprenticeship training program that can help prepare them for a well-paying career.”

Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 51,000 jobs from January 2018 to January 2019 – more positions than any other major industry in Texas. The Wholesale Trade and Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities sectors contributed over 90 percent of this growth.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded January’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.3 percent, followed by the Odessa MSA which recorded at 2.8 for the second lowest rate.  The Amarillo MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 3.1 percent.

“Much like the tenacity of Texans, job creation is strong in our state,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “Through continued hard work, and policies focused on empowering our most at-risk residents, Texas’ economy can not only endure but serve as an example of prosperity.”

Hospitality jobs in San Antonio grow

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

The number of hospitality jobs in San Antonio have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

Growth in the Texas economy continued in February, with 17,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm positions added over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held at 3.8 percent. February marked the 106th consecutive month of annual growth for total nonfarm employment.

“Adding 15,100 jobs in February, Texas’ private-sector employers continue to drive our economy and our state’s robust and competitive growth,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R Hughs. “Texas is an exceptional state for industry and business leaders to attract and retain highly-skilled workers. TWC is committed to engaging with all employers across Texas to strengthen our economy and to create and expand opportunities for all.”

Private sector employers added 256,000 jobs over the year. Private annual employment growth was at 2.5 percent in February and has held above 2.0 percent since October 2017.

Leisure and Hospitality added 5,500 jobs over the month, the most among major industries in Texas. This major industry has seen 103 consecutive months of over-the-year growth since August 2010.

“With each passing month, Texas continues a growth trajectory resulting in high-paying jobs in essential industries like manufacturing, professional services, and financial activities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “To ensure positive growth, we must continue to invest in necessary training and education for subsequent generations. Through events like Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) signing day, students are equipped with the training required for in demand occupations and that our workforce has the skills needed to remain competitive.”

Professional and Business Services grew by 4,100 jobs in February, driven mostly by growth in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, and Administrative, Support, and Waste Management and Remediation Services. The industry’s growth rate has held at or above 2.0 percent since May 2017. After being revised up for a 3,600-position increase in January, Financial Activities added another 3,800 jobs in February, driven by increases in Finance and Insurance.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded February’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Odessa MSA which recorded at 2.7 for the second lowest rate. The Amarillo MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 2.9 percent.

 

Summer programs to connect students with San Antonio jobs

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

A summer program is connecting students with San Antonio jobs.

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. The program is a partnership between TWCLocal Workforce Development Boards and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).

“The Summer Earn and Learn program provides employers with direct access to their local workforce, which includes students with disabilities who are eager to learn and work,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Employers who are committed to the professional development of workers in their industries and developing potentially long-term employees will find value in this program.”

Last year, more than 2,400 students participated in the Summer Earn and Learn program where they connected with employers who included Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, KLBK TV in Lubbock and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Throughout the program, students learned about the employers’ industries and developed specialized skills and work experience. Upon completion of the program, some students were presented with the opportunity to become employed full time.

Local Workforce Development Boards, who oversee the Workforce Solutions Offices, will collaborate with local TWS-VRS staff to promote the program and identify students and businesses who are interested in participating. Students will receive work readiness training and connect with local employers where they will have the opportunity to do hands-on work for five weeks or more. The students will learn about the employer’s industry and develop skills and work experience that will prepare them for successful transitions to postsecondary education and employment.

“Access to opportunities is often the difference between financial stability and hardships for many Texans living with disabilities,” said TWCCommissioner Representing the Public Robert Thomas “I am proud to support the Summer Earn and Learn program as it provides a path for students and young adults with disabilities to gain valuable experience so that they can enjoy life-long careers as part of the robust Texas workforce.”

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 www.apprenticeships.gov 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, www.TexasLMI.com replaces TRACER2.com 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 www.TexasLMI.com, 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. TexasLMI.com 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 TexasLMI.com 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 (www.texascareercheck.com), Texas Reality Check (www.texasrealitycheck.com), and Texas Labor Analysis (www.texaslaboranalysis.com) 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.

 

New tax rates may affect San Antonio jobs

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

A drop in the tax rate may affect San Antonio jobs, according to a recent announcement.

The average unemployment insurance (UI) tax rate for all employers will be 1.25 percent for calendar year (CY) 2019, dropping from 1.37 percent in CY 2018 to its lowest point since 2009. The average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.06 percent for CY 2019, and is down from 1.20 percent in CY 2018.

The minimum tax rate is paid by 340,158 employers, which represents 65.6 percent of experience-rated employers. The standard minimum UI tax rate paid by Texas employers in CY 2019 will be 0.36 percent, which is down from 0.46 percent in CY 2018. These employer-paid UItaxes replenish the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund, which provides temporary income for Texas workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own.

An experience rating is determined by the amount of an employer’s taxable wages and the amount of UI benefits that have been paid to former employees and charged to the employer’s account for the last three years. An employer paying the standard minimum tax will pay $32.40 per employee in CY 2019 on the first $9,000 in wages per employee compared with $41.40 per employee in CY 2018. The maximum UI tax rate, paid by 5.3 percent of Texas employers, will be 6.36 percent, decreasing from CY 2018 at 6.46 percent.

TWC is dedicated to finding ways to lower the financial impact of UI taxes on Texas employers. TWC and its 28 local workforce boards also are committed to helping UI claimants return to work as soon as possible. Through automated processes and database cross matches with state and federal agencies, TWC continues to strengthen and improve efforts to detect and prevent UI fraud. TWC pledges to continue efforts to keep taxes as low as possible and minimize the effects on Texas employers.

Because the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund has risen above its statutory minimum required balance, TWC will not charge employers any deficit tax in 2019. The components of the CY 2019 tax rate are as follows:

  • The general tax rate is based on claims against an employer’s account. If TWC has paid benefits to former employees who were laid off or separated through no fault of their own in the past three years, then those employers will pay a general tax.
  • The replenishment tax rate is charged to all experience-rated employers to cover unemployment claims not charged to a specific employer. This tax tends to rise following economic slowdowns when claims increase and businesses close.
  • The employment training assessment is imposed on each employer paying contributions under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act as a separate assessment of 0.10 percent of wages paid by an employer. Money from the assessment is deposited to the credit of the employment and training investment holding fund.

Grants may benefit San Antonio education jobs

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

A number of school grants may go towards benefitting San Antonio education jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded three individual Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grants to independent school districts (ISDs): a $271,472 grant to Raymondville ISD; a $208,383 grant to Donna ISD; and a $280,630 grant to Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD. The schools will use the grants to purchase and install equipment necessary to train 779 students for careers in high-demand occupations including welding fabrication and emergency medical services.

“It’s great to be back in the Valley and joining our community leaders to help students succeed and our economy grow,” said TWCCommissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “There’s a direct connection between high-skills and good careers, and TWC is committed to helping prepare Texas students for the jobs of tomorrow with the assistance of JET grants.”

“Ensuring businesses benefit from a skilled workforce is a big part of our economic development strategy in the Valley,” said state Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. “Thanks to the leadership of Commissioner Alvarez and the Texas Workforce Commission, the Rio Grande Valley is a great beneficiary of these wonderful opportunities to improve career opportunities for students.”

“Texas teachers are integral, key players for the educational and career success of our students,” said state Rep. Ryan Guillen. “I’m proud to join my colleagues and TWC as the agency presents these JET grant to expand career training opportunities for our high school students.”

The JET grant program allocates $10 million each biennium to defray start-up costs associated with the development of career and technical education programs to public community, state and technical colleges, and ISDs. These entities can apply for a JET grant to purchase and install equipment necessary for the development of career and technical education courses or programs that lead to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree in a high-demand occupation.

“We’re ecstatic and grateful for the Texas Workforce Commission’s support in granting us more than $208,000 in JET grant funding,” said Donna ISD Superintendent Dr. Hafedh Azaiez. “This is the first time our school district has received such a grant, which will be used to enhance our CTE (Career and Technical Education) Welding Program with the purchase of much-needed equipment. Our students will benefit tremendously and be better prepared to tackle their post high school endeavors.”

San Antonio construction jobs grow

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

A number of San Antonio construction jobs have grown, according to recent labor statistics.

As 2018 concluded, 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.

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 www.apprenticeships.gov 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.”