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Career training grants to benefit San Antonio jobs

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

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

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.

Forum may address diversity and San Antonio jobs

September 6th, 2018

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), in partnership with the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, University of North Texas and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS), will host area employers, human resource professionals and employment stakeholders at a DiverseAbility Forum, which may address diversity in San Antonio jobs.

The forum will provide an opportunity for discussion on best practices for hiring and retaining people with disabilities; creating a culture of inclusivity through leadership; and the importance of fair and consistent employee relations. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently 1.6 million working age (18-64) Texans who have one or more disabilities. Of that number, 85,000 individuals are actively seeking employment.

“As Texas continues to experience rapid job growth, it is imperative that we have skilled, trained employees to fill job positions,” said TWCChair Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “Creating ongoing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities is one of our main objectives at TWC. We’re confident that this forum and others like it will help us reach our goal of providing more work and career choices for individuals with disabilities, and we want to ensure employers are aware of this talent pipeline.”

“One of the reasons the University of North Texas was recognized by Forbes as one of the top places to work, is its welcoming and inclusive environment,” said University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk. “We value the diversity of ideas, abilities and backgrounds. Our neurodiversity initiative is a prime example of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusivity.”

Participating employers in panel discussions will include AT&T, CVS, Embassy Suites, Ernst & Young and Texas Instruments. In addition to TWC Chair Hughs and TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez, Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney will be among other leaders attending the forum.

“We’re excited that TWC and its partners have chosen Frisco to launch the DiverseAbility Forum,” said Mayor Cheney. “Having a career, a job that helps one build a better future, has a lasting impact on the individual and community. This forum continues the discussion and reaffirms the state of Texas and the city of Frisco’s commitment of employing people with disabilities.”

 

Social media and San Antonio

September 3rd, 2018

Social media content may be keeping some employers from hiring for San Antonio jobs, according to a recent survey from Careerbuilder.

Seventy percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates (on par with last year), while seven percent plan to start. And that review matters: Of those that do social research, 57 percent have found content that caused them not to hire candidates.

Broken down by industry, those in IT* (74 percent) and manufacturing (73 percent) are more likely than those in retail/non-retail sales* (59 percent) to do social networking digging on potential job candidates. But it’s not just the social sites that are fair game – 66 percent of employers say they use search engines to conduct their research on potential job candidates.

Nearly half of employers (47 percent) say that if they can’t find a job candidate online, they are less likely to call that person in for an interview – 28 percent say that is because they like to gather more information before calling in a candidate for an interview; 20 percent say they expect candidates to have an online presence.

According to employers who use social networking sites to research potential job candidates, what they’re looking for when researching candidates is:

  • Information that supports their qualifications for the job: 58 percent
  • If the candidate has a professional online persona: 50 percent
  • What other people are posting about the candidate: 34 percent
  • A reason not to hire the candidate: 22 percent

Employers continue to monitor employees’ online presence even after they’re hired. Nearly half of employers (48 percent) say they use social networking sites to research current employees—10 percent do it daily. Further, a third of employers (34 percent) have found content online that caused them to reprimand or fire an employee.

Grants to improve childcare, San Antonio jobs

August 4th, 2018

A number of grants will go towards expanding childcare programs, which will impact San Antonio jobs.

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.

Education jobs in San Antonio added

August 4th, 2018

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

The Texas economy added 27,200 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June, which marked 24 consecutive months of employment growth.

Over the year, Texas added 359,500 jobs for an annual employment growth rate of 2.9 percent. Private-sector employers added 26,400 positions over the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.0 percent in June, down slightly from May 2018.

“Recognition of Texas as the premier place to do business in the country is reinforced by employers adding another 27,200 jobs in June and an impressive 359,500 jobs over the year,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Broad-based growth across our industries remains solid with ten of eleven industries adding jobs in the dynamic and prolific job creating Texas economy.”

June’s annual growth in the state’s Goods Producing industries was strong at 5.8 percent. Over the month, Mining and Logging added 4,900 jobs, followed by the Construction industry with 2,900 positions, while Manufacturing employment expanded by 2,600 positions.

In Texas’ Service Providing sector, Professional and Business added 7,300 positions over the month, and led all industries in job growth for June.

Also within this sector, Education and Health Services added 6,000 jobs, followed by Leisure and Hospitality with a gain of 3,500 positions.

“Private-sector employment remained strong with Texas employers adding 351,700 jobs over the year and 26,400 jobs added in June,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth Ruggero Hughs. “TWC is committed to developing innovative workforce programs and supporting Texas businesses with a skilled talent pipeline that is unmatched throughout the nation.”

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 MSA, which had the second lowest with a rate of 3.1 percent. The Austin-Round Rock, and Odessa MSAs recorded the third lowest rate of 3.2 percent for June.

 

A new website and San Antonio jobs

August 4th, 2018

A new job matching system is connecting employees to San Antonio jobs, among other Texas locales.

The new WorkInTexas.com website will have a user-friendly mobile design, offer modern communications capabilities, and increased access to jobs and workforce talent. The site will also enable Texas Workforce Solutions to significantly enhance service delivery, offering employers and job seekers another reason to connect with their local workforce development boards.

Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) core mission is to promote and support a workforce system that creates value and offers employers, individuals and communities the opportunity to achieve and sustain economic prosperity. Economic prosperity is directly tied to the ability of employers to recruit and retain qualified employees and for job seekers to easily search and apply for jobs. WorkInTexas.com advances Texas’ ability to attract and retain businesses and talent.

“We are pleased to advance the recommendation in our Tri-Agency report to Governor Abbott to replace WorkInTexas.com with a robust, leading edge tool reflecting current technology and customized to meet the needs of Texas employers and workers,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “The new tool is designed with guidance offered by employers, local workforce development board leaders, regional stakeholders and other key partners, and we anticipate it to be a significant upgrade over current capabilities.”

TWC has selected Geographic Solutions to modernize and significantly enhance WorkInTexas.com, the free job-matching website TWCadministers for Texas’ workforce system. With more than 26 years of experience, Geographic Solutions is the nation’s leading provider of workforce solutions in over 30 states. Built on the company’s proven Virtual OneStop software platform, the new WorkInTexas.com will enable Texas’ workforce system to deliver high-quality candidate matching for employers and job matching for job seekers.

“We thank Texas employers who provided valuable input to help craft requirements for the new WorkInTexas.com website,” said TWCCommissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The new WorkInTexas.com site will increase employer access to talent, improve candidate matches to job descriptions and incorporate local and regional labor market information to support informed business decisions.”

For job seekers, the new WorkInTexas.com will feature a user-friendly, responsive design; a mobile app; a résumé building tool; the ability to upload multiple résumé versions; receive email and text notifications; and filter by veterans preference hiring. The site will also aggregate job postings from more than 20,000 online sources, offering the largest source of unduplicated jobs in Texas.

“We look forward to launching the new WorkInTexas.com to millions of job seekers, allowing them to easily search and apply for jobs, manage their résumés for the best possible match outcomes, and participate in online job readiness training opportunities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

 

Manufacturing jobs in San Antonio climb

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

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