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New tax rates may affect San Antonio jobs

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

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

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.”

Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

January 8th, 2019

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

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment was 3.7 percent in November, remaining at the same historic 42-year low it was in October.

The Texas economy added 14,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November. Annual employment growth for Texas was 3.0 percent in November, marking 103 consecutive months of annual growth.

 

The addition of 365,400 jobs over the year and 14,000 jobs in November demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas economy offers employers access to a competitive workforce and provides job seekers with career options in a variety of growing Texas industries. The numbers are a testament to the resilience of our Texas employers and the diversity of our Texas economy.”

The Manufacturing Industry recorded the largest private-industry employment gain over the month with 9,100 jobs added and led all industries in growth.

In Texas’ private Service Providing sector, Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 8,900 positions in November.

Also within this sector, Professional and Business Services added 1,800 followed by Information, which added 1,000 positions.

Business conference convenes to discuss San Antonio jobs

January 8th, 2019

A new conference is being scheduled this month to discuss San Antonio jobs, among other locations.

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced its 2019 Texas Business Conference schedule with 13 locations available throughout the state.

The conferences offer employers and human resource professionals the opportunity to learn about new employment laws, network with peers, talk one-on-one with employment attorneys, and earn education credits.

The first conference will be held in Houston on Jan. 25 at the Hyatt Regency Houston. Additional conferences will be held in Corpus Christi, San Antonio and 10 other locations throughout the state.

TWC invites area employers, human resource professionals, business owners and managers to attend the conferences, which will provide valuable information for employers and business owners concerning the legal issues associated with operating a business in Texas.

“Texas employers are the drivers of our state’s remarkable economy,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas Business Conferences provide employers with the tools they need to navigate state and federal employment laws so that they can continue to move the Texas economy forward.”

Employers receive practical, up-to-date information for operating a successful business and learn techniques to more effectively manage employees. Seminar topics include: Texas employment law and the basics of hiring; federal and Texas wage and hour laws; the unemployment claim and appeal process; independent contractors; and employee policy handbooks. Participants will receive the latest edition of the popular publication, Especially for Texas Employers, which addresses basic legal issues regarding hiring, pay, post-employment and work-separation policies.

The Society for Human Resource Management Texas State Council (Texas SHRM) is co-sponsoring the Texas Business Conferences and offering professional development and Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) recertification credits for human resources professionals attending the conferences. Certificates for the Texas SHRM Professional Development Credits will be handed out to those attending the Texas Business Conference. Also, attorneys may receive up to six hours of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credit (no ethics hours) if they attend the entire conference. In addition, certified public accountants who attend can earn six hours of continuing education credit, and other conference participants may qualify for general professional credit.

Retail jobs in San Antonio grow

January 2nd, 2019

The number of retail jobs in San Antonio are growing, according to labor statistics.

Employment increased by 155,000 in November, and the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing.

In November, the unemployment rate was 3.7 percent for the third month in a row, and the number of unemployed persons was little changed at 6.0 million. Over the year, the unemployment rate and the number of unemployed persons declined by 0.4 percentage point and 641,000, respectively.

Payroll employment increased by 155,000 in November, compared with an average monthly gain of 209,000 over the prior 12 months. In November, job gains occurred in health care, in manufacturing, and in transportation and warehousing. (See table B-1.) Health care employment rose by 32,000 in November.

Within the industry, job gains occurred in ambulatory health care services (+19,000) and hospitals (+13,000). Over the year, health care has added 328,000 jobs. In November, manufacturing added 27,000 jobs, with increases in chemicals (+6,000) and primary metals (+3,000).

Manufacturing employment has increased by 288,000 over the year, largely in durable goods industries. Employment in transportation and warehousing rose by 25,000 in November. Job gains occurred in couriers and messengers (+10,000) and in warehousing and storage (+6,000). Over the year, transportation and warehousing has added 192,000 jobs. In November, employment in professional and business services continued on an upward trend (+32,000). The industry has added 561,000 jobs over the year.

Retail trade employment changed little in November (+18,000). Job growth occurred in general merchandise stores (+39,000) and miscellaneous store retailers (+10,000).

These gains were offset, in part, by declines in clothing and clothing accessories stores (-14,000); electronics and appliance stores(-11,000); and sporting goods, hobby, and book stores (-11,000).

Employment in other major industries–including mining, construction, wholesale trade, information, financial activities, leisure and hospitality, and government–showed little change over the month.

Unemployment insurance tax to affect San Antonio jobs

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

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

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

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.