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Unemployment insurance tax to affect San Antonio jobs

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

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, a move that will affect San Antonio jobs. 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.

Apprenticeships maximize potential for San Antonio jobs

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

New apprenticeships are helping those looking for San Antonio jobs fulfill their potential.

The Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWCApprenticeshipTexas encourages employers to discover how Registered Apprenticeship programs provide training opportunities for businesses, education partners, labor organizations and industry associations meet the ongoing need for a skilled workforce.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation recognizing November 12-16, 2018 as Texas Apprenticeship Week to distinguish the importance of apprenticeship programs and the cutting edge of workforce development in Texas.

During Texas Apprenticeship Week, TWC’s ApprenticeshipTexas staff is engaging with Texas employers to help them explore apprenticeship training models and develop apprenticeship training programs which assist business owners with opportunities to teach specific skills so that new employees hired as apprentices can immediately begin to contribute their talents and skills. Apprentices are empowered to be hands-on from day one, while also earning a paycheck and engaging in the workplace. Upon completion of the training program, apprentices receive a national recognized certification and have little to no student debt.
“Texans have options when it comes to preparing for 21st century careers. Workers can earn and learn at the same time, teaching them skills in high-demand industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Trainees earn a wage while preparing for a career with increased skills that will help them compete in a high-demand job market.”
There are more than 447 registered apprenticeship programs across Texas. In FY 2017, more than 238,549 individuals nationwide entered the apprenticeship system, including over 6,000 in Texas. Nationwide, there are over 585,026 apprentices currently obtaining the skills they need to succeed while earning the wages they need to build financial security (Texas has over 17,333 apprentices).

San Antonio jobs grow

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

San Antonio jobs have been increasing, according to recent labor statistics.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent in October, down from 3.8 percent in September 2018, reaching its lowest level since the state unemployment data series began in January 1976. The Texas economy added 32,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in October.

October’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.6 percent. Over the month, Mining and Logging added 4,300 jobs, followed by the Construction industry with 1,500 positions.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 8,900 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for October. Also within this sector, Leisure and Hospitality added 8,700 jobs, followed by Education and Health Services which added 5,100.

“Texas’ labor force is made up of hard-working individuals who are eager to obtain the skills that our employers need,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The jobs are out there, and I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.1 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA and the Odessa MSA which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.5 percent. The Austin-Round Rock, College Station- Bryan and Lubbock MSAs recorded the third lowest rate of 2.7 percent for October.

“Texas’ dynamic marketplace has set the standard as the Best State for Business over 14 consecutive years according to CEOs,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “That track record of accomplishment recognizes the perseverance, resilience and hard work of our workforce, employers and collaborative partners across the state.”

Finance jobs in San Antonio climb

Monday, November 5th, 2018

The number of finance jobs in San Antonio have growing, according to recent labor statistics.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in August 2018 and setting a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades.

The Texas economy added 15,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in September. Annual employment growth for Texas was 3.3 percent in September, marking 27 consecutive months of annual growth.

“Texas employers continue to contribute to our state’s success with private-sector employers adding 16,700 jobs in September and accounting for an impressive 402,500 jobs over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Texas’ continued addition of jobs over a twenty-seven month period demonstrates the competitive advantage and market opportunities available to our Texas employers and world-class workforce.”

September’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.9 percent. Over the month, Construction added 3,000 jobs, followed by the Manufacturing industry with 2,800 positions, while Mining and Logging employment expanded by 2,600 positions.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Financial Activities added 5,800 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for September. Also within this sector, Professional and Business Services added 2,500 jobs, followed by Trade, Transportation, and Utilities which added 2,100.

“Texas’ labor force is made up of hard-working individuals who are eager to obtain the skills that our employers need,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA and the Odessa MSA which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.7 percent. The Austin-Round Rock and College Station- Bryan MSAs recorded the third lowest rate of 2.9 percent for September.

Career exploration and San Antonio jobs

Monday, November 5th, 2018

A new campaign may help connect job seekers with San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced a statewide career exploration campaign and website called “Jobs Y’all: Your Career. Your Story.” The campaign is designed to inspire young Texans to discover and explore the state’s in-demand industries and learn about skills needed to enter the workforce.
The Jobs Y’all campaign originated as a need to create greater awareness of the link between jobs and education, as identified by Tri-Agency partners TWCTexas Education Agency and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Then, with participation from employers, industry association representatives, workforce developers, and other stakeholders, a priority recommendation was to raise awareness of fast-growing industry sectors, as well as how to address the skills gap.
“We listened to employers who requested support in reaching our future workforce with an inspirational campaign to inform and inspire them about in-demand occupations and how to prepare for these exciting careers,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The goal of the Jobs Y’all career exploration campaign is to raise awareness about the strength of Texas industries and inspire and attract students in order to bolster future job creation and remain economically competitive in the 21st century.”
TWC selected “Jobs Y’all: Your Career. Your Story.” for a fun, memorable name grounded in Texas roots and the concept of taking charge of one’s future. This message resonated with young adults who feel a sense of state pride, are accustomed to viewing and sharing stories online, and who want to feel in control of their lives.
The website will introduce users to eight industries, a career explorer app, and online resources:
  • Featured industries:Aerospace and Defense; Advanced Technology and Manufacturing; Biotechnology, Life Sciences and Healthcare; Construction; Energy; Information & Computer Technology; Petroleum Refining & Chemical Products; and Transportation & Logistics.
  • Career Explorer:Search by industry, occupation and geography to learn about job projections and average wages.
  • Resources:Texas Career CheckTexas Reality Check, and Texas Internship Challenge.

Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

A number of manufacturing jobs in San Antonio are growing, according to the most recent labor statistics.

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 134,000 in September, compared with an average monthly gain of 201,000 over the prior 12 months. In September, job gains occurred in professional and business services, in health care, and in transportation and warehousing.

Payroll employment increased by 134,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage point to 3.7 percent in September, and the number of unemployed persons decreased by 270,000 to 6.0 million.

Employment rose by 134,000 in September, compared with an average monthly gain of 201,000 over the prior 12 months. In September, job gains occurred in professional and business services, in health care, and in transportation and warehousing.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 54,000 in September and has risen by 560,000 over the year. Health care employment rose by 26,000 in September.

Hospitals added 12,000 jobs, and employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+10,000). Over the year, health care employment has increased by 302,000.

In September, employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 24,000. Job gains occurred in warehousing and storage (+8,000) and in couriers and messengers (+5,000). Over the year, employment in transportation and warehousing has increased by 174,000. Construction employment continued to trend up in September (+23,000).

The industry has added 315,000 jobs over the past 12 months. Employment in manufacturing continued to trend up in September (+18,000), reflecting a gain in durable goods industries. Over the year, manufacturing has added 278,000 jobs, with about four-fifths of the gain in the durable goods component.

Within mining, employment in support activities for mining rose by 6,000 over the month and by 53,000 over the year. Employment in leisure and hospitality was little changed over the month (-17,000).

Trade jobs in San Antonio added

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

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

The Texas economy added 32,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in August, which marked 26 consecutive months of employment growth.

Over the year, Texas added 394,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 3.2 percent. Private-sector employers added 32,800 positions over the month.

August’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.4 percent. Manufacturing led the three Goods Producing industries, adding 3,200 jobs followed by Mining and Logging with 2,700 jobs and Construction, which added 900 jobs over the month.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Professional and Business Services led all major industries and added 10,300 positions over the month.  Also within this sector, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 8,700 positions followed by Education and Health Services with a gain of 5,300 positions.

“The Texas labor force continues to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWCCommissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC is continually committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

“We are encouraged to see the Texas economy continue to expand with private-sector employers adding 32,800 jobs in August and accounting for an impressive 390,100 jobs over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Texas’ world-class employers and highly-skilled workforce continues to demonstrate competitive advantages and provide marketplace opportunities that keep our state the best in the country to do business.”

 

Career training grants to benefit San Antonio jobs

Thursday, October 4th, 2018

A number of career training grants will go towards boosting San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has awarded 23 grants totaling $4,998,598 to public junior 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.

“These grants will focus on advanced technical training, and will keep our Texas businesses competitive and our economy strong,” said TWCChair Ruth R. Hughs. “By providing JET funding to our schools, we will produce the highest quality of candidates for our Texas employers in high-demand occupations as well as new emerging industries.”

Qualifying educational institutions were awarded a grant for the development of programs or courses leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. The JET grant program focuses on projects that target high-demand jobs in new or emerging industries.

The JET program provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for the purpose of developing career and technical education courses and may include courses offering dual-credit and technical education programs. The equipment must be used to train students for jobs in high-demand occupations.

“By partnering with local colleges and independent school districts, these grants will help our future workforce to explore in-demand careers across various industries and prepare our future workforce to meet the needs of Texas employers for high-demand occupations, strengthening our workforce of tomorrow,” said Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

The JET Advisory Board was established to assist TWC in administering these grants. The six-member board meets at least once each quarter, or as needed, to review applications and make recommendations on grant awards.

 

Airport bustling with San Antonio jobs

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

The airport is busy with San Antonio jobs and a record number of passengers, according to recent statistics.

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) is setting records in the month of July in passenger growth, domestic traffic, international traffic and cargo moved through the airport.

July was the first time SAT reached an all-time record of 933,290 passengers, a remarkable increase of 10% or over 84,000 additional passengers during the same month last year.  July’s growth continued to boost calendar year-to-date totals at 9.5% which is expected to climb further with 11 new flights that began in August.

Domestically, travel for the month climbed over 9% compared to July 2017. The increase is attributed to the addition of new carriers and routes on American, Southwest and Frontier.

Internationally, the news is even more spectacular. Traffic soared over 16% or 53,194 passengers, the first time to reach that level since July 2015 and the second highest monthly level on record for international passengers.

Additionally, SAT experienced a significant increase in cargo, processing more than 22,000,000 pounds of cargo. The number represents an extraordinary 15% increase from year-to-year. This is the fourth time this year the airport has experienced a double-digit increase, and the 12th consecutive month of growth for cargo.

The recent growth at SAT reflects an ongoing trend of progress at the airport in its effort to retain current and attain new air service with multiple routes added in the past two years and record passengers for the past two consecutive years.

 

San Antonio education jobs added

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

The latest labor statistics demonstrate that San Antonio education jobs have been added.

The Texas economy added 23,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in July, which marked 25 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 377,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 3.1 percent.

Private-sector employers added 25,900 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.0 percent in July, unchanged from June 2018.

“Private-sector employers continue to boost the Texas economy adding another 25,900 jobs in July and 372,700 jobs over the year, said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Thanks to the innovation and expansion by employers in a wide range of industries, Texans continue to be offered more opportunities to demonstrate their first-class skills and start a career in the nation’s #1 state for business.”

July’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 6.2 percent. Over the month, Construction led all major industries, adding 10,500 jobs.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 7,500 positions over the month.  Also within this sector, Education and Health Services added 6,400 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 5,700 positions.

“The Texas labor force continues to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC is continually committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a not seasonally adjusted rate of 2.2 percent, followed by the Amarillo and Odessa MSAs with a rate of 2.9 percent, each. The Austin-Round Rock MSA recorded the fourth lowest rate of 3.1 percent for July.