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Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

The number of manufacturing jobs in San Antonio has climbed, according to recent labor statistics.

Employment increased by 213,000 in June and has grown by 2.4 million over the last 12 months. Over the month, job gains occurred in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care, while employment in retail trade declined.

Employment in professional and business services increased by 50,000 in June and has risen by 521,000 over the year.

Manufacturing added 36,000 jobs in June. Durable goods manufacturing accounted for nearly all of the increase, including job gains in fabricated metal products (+7,000), computer and electronic products (+5,000), and primary metals (+3,000).

Motor vehicles and parts also added jobs over the month (+12,000), after declining by 8,000 in May. Over the past year, manufacturing has added 285,000 jobs. Employment in health care rose by 25,000 in June and has increased by 309,000 over the year.

Hospitals added 11,000 jobs over the month, and employment in ambulatory health care services continued to trend up (+14,000).

Construction employment continued to trend up in June (+13,000) and has increased by 282,000 over the year. Mining employment continued on an upward trend in June (+5,000).

The industry has added 95,000 jobs since a recent low point in October 2016, almost entirely in support activities for mining. In June, retail trade lost 22,000 jobs, largely offsetting a gain in May (+25,000).

Employment showed little or no change over the month in other major industries, including wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government.

Grants to bolster education jobs in San Antonio

Friday, July 6th, 2018

A large amount of grants will go towards boosting education jobs in San Antonio.

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

Construction jobs in San Antonio grow

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Construction jobs in San Antonio are climbing, according to labor projections.

The Texas economy added 34,700 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in May, which marked 23 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 352,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 34,300 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in May, unchanged from April 2018.

“Texas employers continue to put the world class Texas workforce to work, adding 34,700 jobs in May and 352,100 over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.  TWC continues to work with our local and Tri-Agency partners to foster innovative strategies to equip the Texas talent pool with industry aligned skills.  Job creation is strong in Texas.”

May’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 5.7 percent. Over the month, the Construction industry added 5,800 jobs, followed by Mining and Logging with 4,100 positions, while Manufacturing employment expanded by 3,400 positions.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Education and Health Services added 8,100 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for May.  Also within this sector, Professional and Business Services added 4,300 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 3,500 positions.

“Employers continue to contribute to our state’s great success.  Private-sector employers have accounted for the addition of 346,300 positions in Texas over the past year as the state has continued to expand its workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs. “As employment continues to grow, I invite Texas employers whose workforce is comprised of at least 10 percent Texas veterans to apply for our We Hire Vets recognition program. We want to thank businesses for their commitment to hiring our nation’s heroes and strengthening the Texas economy.”

San Antonio airport jobs added

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

A number of San Antonio airport jobs have been added, according to recent statistics.

San Antonio International Airport (SAT) reported unprecedented growth in passenger statistics in the month of March. During that time, San Antonio hosted the NCAA Men’s Final Four, which drew record numbers of passengers during the last week of March and into the first week of April.

According to industry reports, a record 848,233 passengers flew through the airport during the final month of the first quarter. This is a remarkable 10.65% increase over the same month last year. This represents the highest level of passenger traffic for any month on record, with the exception of July 2017.

TSA security screened an average of 1, 200 passengers per hour during peak departure times, while non-commercial general aviation and charter traffic soared with 989 arrivals and 1,010 departures during the week of the Final Four.

Domestically, traffic climbed 10% compared to the same time last year. This boost is attributed to both the Final Four and new routes on Frontier and American Airlines. International traffic surged by 38.3%, with new and additional service to Toronto and Mexico City contributing to the increase.

More than 22,000,000 pounds of cargo passed through SAT in the month of March, for a 6.1% increase from year to year.

March 2018 represents the 21st consecutive month of passenger growth at SAT.

San Antonio jobs added

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

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

The Texas economy added 39,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in April, which marked 22 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 332,300 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.7 percent in April. Private sector employers added 37,900 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in April, up slightly from 4.0 percent in March.

“Texas employers continue to boost the impressive Texas economy by adding 39,600 jobs in April and 332,300 jobs over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Our state’s ongoing trajectory of success is linked to the innovation and competitiveness of employers in a range of industries providing workers more opportunities to demonstrate their world-class skills.”

The Manufacturing Industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 8,600 jobs added. Professional and Business Services employment grew by 7,500 jobs in April, followed by Education and Health Services with 6,200 jobs.

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, which had the second lowest with a rate of 2.6 percent. The College Station-Bryan MSA recorded the third lowest rate of 2.7 percent for April.

“The Texas labor force is now approaching 14 million and has continued to provide employers with the skills and expertise needed to keep the Texas economy growing,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “TWC and the 28 local workforce development boards are committed to connecting Texas workers with available jobs.”

 

Are workers with San Antonio jobs postponing retirement?

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Retirement may be a glimpse even farther into the future for some of those with San Antonio jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder survey.

According to the survey, 53 percent of workers aged 60+ say they are postponing retirement, with 57 percent of men putting retirement on hold compared to 48 percent of women1. Four in 10 workers (40%) don’t think they’ll be able to retire until 70 or older.

 

Approximately a quarter (24 percent) do not know how much they will need to save for retirement. Women are much more likely to be unsure of how much to save than men – 31 to 17 percent, respectively.

When asked how much money they think they’ll need to save in order to retire, workers said:

  • Less than $500,000: 20 percent
  • $500,000 to less than $1 million: 31 percent
  • $1 million to less than $2 million: 14 percent
  • $2 million to less than $3 million: 5 percent
  • $3 million or more: 7 percent

When asked if they’re currently contributing to retirement accounts, roughly 1 in 4  workers 55+ (23 percent) said they do not participate in a 401(k), IRA or other retirement plan, a rate even higher in younger adults ages 18-34 (40 percent). Sixty-seven percent of workers in the South and 69 percent in the Midwest contribute to retirement accounts, compared to 73 percent in the Northeast and 71 percent in the West.

Site aims to analyze San Antonio jobs

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

A new site has launched that will analyze San Antonio jobs, among other Texas cities.

TexasLaborAnalysis.com is an online suite of labor analysis tools designed to provide insight into Texas’ labor supply and demand. Texas Labor Analysis (TLA) presents wage data, occupational projections, current labor supply, Help Wanted Online job posting data, and more.

“Texas Labor Analysis provides easy to use labor market supply and demand snapshots that inform the collective efforts of Texas Workforce Solutions, educators, employers and economic developers to prepare our current and future workforce for high demand occupations and to close skills gaps,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This new online suite of tools will offer valuable insights to students about high demand careers and aligns with the Tri-Agency commitment to provide better information in support of the job creation efforts of Texas employers.”

The website tool includes a “Top Statistics” feature that provides fast access to reports containing the most commonly requested data. TLAempowers users to create in-depth reports for aggregated or single regions, showing labor demandlabor supply, or the gap between the two.

“Texas Labor Analysis will help provide employers, job seekers, economic developers, educators, and our local workforce partners with a real-time display of supply and demand of occupations by their region with one click,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “Labor market data remains essential in helping bring Texans and Texas employers together to grow our economy.”

TLA combines data provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, online job postings from Help Wanted OnlineTWC’s Labor Market and Career Information department in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other up-to-date TWC workforce data. Using these data, TLA compares current labor demand and supply for user-selected occupations by Local Workforce Development Area. The comparison offers a near real-time display of an occupation shortage or surplus by region.

Employers, individual workers, local and statewide economic developers, educators and schools and Local Workforce Development Boards will all find TLA useful. The online application meets federal accessibility standards and adapts to tablet and smartphone screens.

“I am proud that our efforts resulted in bringing another innovative tool to the state of Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “The Texas Labor Analysis tool will provide key insights into Texas labor market supply and demand offering information on hundreds of different jobs, how much they pay, how popular they are and will be, how many openings there are via Help Wanted Online job posting data, and more.”

 

Work program connects people with San Antonio jobs

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

A new work program aims to connect students with San Antonio jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has kicked off its 2018 Summer Earn and Learn program that provides students with disabilities, aged 16-22, with work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWCTexas Workforce Solutions Offices and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).

Last year, more than 1,500 students participated in Summer Earn and Learn and worked in positions as design graphics assistants, customer service representatives, peer counselors and others. Small and large businesses who participated in the program include Alamo College in San Antonio, the Clements Boys & Girls Club in Killeen and CVSHEB, and Verizon locations throughout the state.

“The Summer Earn and Learn program provides valuable opportunities for Texas students with disabilities to learn about the exciting careers available to them in the Texas workforce,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We encourage students and parents to contact their local Workforce Solutions office to learn more about these paid internship positions available this summer.”

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 a local employer, 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 transition to postsecondary education and employment.

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

 

San Antonio trade jobs climb

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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

The Texas economy added 32,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in March, which marked 21 consecutive months of employment growth. Over the year, Texas added 294,100 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.4 percent in March.

“Texas employers added 294,100 positions over the year with 10 of 11 industries adding jobs in the diverse Texas economy,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texas’ broad-based growth across industries provides exceptional opportunities for our highly skilled workforce and highlights the competitive strength of Texas employers.”

The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities Industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 7,500 positions added.  Professional and Business Services employment grew by 6,200 jobs, while Construction employment expanded by 3,800 positions.

“Private-sector employment remained strong over the month with 30,600 jobs added in March,” said Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs. “Texas is a state that continues to welcome new employers and support home grown businesses, offering them the tools they need to succeed and grow.”

The 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 and College Station-Bryan MSAs with a rate of 3.0 percent, each.

“The Texas labor force has much to offer and there are resources available to find the perfect occupational fit,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “I encourage all job seekers to take advantage of these services and contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement.”

Fair highlights engineering jobs in San Antonio

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

A local fair is highlighting youth and engineering jobs in San Antonio.

More than 1,200 Texas middle and high school students will present their outstanding projects at the 2018 Texas Science and Engineering Fair (TXSEF). The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues its commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and the success of tomorrow’s workforce by co-sponsoring the event for the 17th consecutive year with ExxonMobil.

“We are proud to support this prestigious event that provides Texas students the platform to demonstrate their significant talents and their commitment to improving the world around them through innovative science solutions,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The knowledge and experience gained by these future innovators through this exciting competition can inspire them to pursue a rewarding career in high demand STEM fields and prepare them to be the future leaders of our state.”

Hosted by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the science fair begins with check-in on Friday, March 23, and culminates with judging and an awards presentation on Saturday, March 24, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. University of Texas Chemistry Professor Dr. Kate Biberdorf will deliver the keynote address at the awards presentation.

TWC is proud to join ExxonMobil and UTSA in providing a setting in which outstanding students can showcase their research projects in these high-demand industries,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “We applaud the students for the commitment and innovation they demonstrate.”

The Texas Science and Engineering Fair is officially sanctioned by the Society for Science & the Public, the annual host of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Awards will be presented to students in 22 project categories for both middle and high school divisions.

“In an increasingly competitive job market, individuals with hands-on experience in STEM disciplines are highly sought-after,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “It is important that we continue to support the next generation of the Texas labor force by providing them with opportunities like this fair.”