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Current Press Releases

January 19, 2018 - Texas Adds 306,900 Jobs Over the Year

AUSTIN – Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in December and remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. The Texas economy added 306,900 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 400 jobs added in December. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.5 percent in December, marking 92 consecutive months of annual growth. Read more about the December unemployment rate in the press release.

January 18, 2018 - Disaster Unemployment Benefit Payments for Hurricane Harvey Ending in February

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reminds individuals whose employment or self-employment was impacted by Hurricane Harvey and who are receiving disaster unemployment benefits that their payments will end in February 2018. Read more about the payment ending date in the press release.

January 10, 2018 - TWC Announces Online Payday Wage Claim Filing

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the launch of a new online application that allows individuals to file a wage claim electronically for unpaid wages under the Texas Payday Law as of Jan. 1, 2018. Read more about the application in the press release.

December 28, 2017 - Take Charge of Business at the Texas Business Conferences

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has announced its 2018 Texas Business Conference schedule with 16 locations available throughout the state. The conferences offer employers and human resource professionals the opportunity to earn education credits, learn about new employment laws, network with peers, and talk one-on-one with employment attorneys. Read more about the conferences in the press release.

December 22, 2017 - Texas’ Unemployment Rate Falls to New Record Low 3.8 percent

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, setting a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades. The Texas economy added 54,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November. Annual employment growth for Texas increased to 2.7 percent in November, marking 91 consecutive months of annual growth. Read more about the unemployment rate in the press release.

December 18, 2017 - Hilite International Partners with Brookhaven College for $327,250 Job-Training Grant

AUSTIN ⎯ Hilite International has partnered with Brookhaven College to provide job training using a $327,250 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas area. Read more about the grant in the press release.

December 12, 2017 - Average Unemployment Insurance Tax Rates Decrease for Texas Employers

AUSTIN – With the continued positive economic growth in Texas, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the average Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax rate for all employers will be 1.37 percent for Calendar Year (CY) 2018, dropping from 1.64 percent in CY 2017 to its lowest point since 2009. The average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.20 percent for CY 2018, and is down from 1.51 percent in CY 2017. Read more about the tax rates in the press release.

December 7, 2017 - Texas Workforce Commission Recognizes Southwest Airlines in "We Hire Vets" Ceremony

AUSTIN⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), partnering with the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and Texas Workforce Solutions Offices, recognized Southwest Airlines for participating in the “We Hire Vets” employer recognition program for their efforts in hiring our nation’s heroes. Read more about the ceremony in the press release.

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  • December 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)December 2017 Labor Market Data English AudioDecember 2017 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • December 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)December 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioDecember 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • November 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)November 2017 Labor Market Data English AudioNovember 2017 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • November 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)November 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioNovember 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • October 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)October 2017 Labor Market Data English AudioOctober 2017 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • October 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)October 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioOctober 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • September 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezSeptember 2017 Labor Market Data AudioSeptember 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • August 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)Augus 2017 Labor Market Data English AudioAugust 2017 Labor Market Data English Audio Text PDF
  • August 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)August 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish AudioAugust 2017 Labor Market Data Spanish Audio Text PDF
  • July 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Chairman Andres AlcantarJuly 2017 Labor Market Data AudioJuly 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • June 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (English)June 2017 Labor Market Data Audio EnglishJune 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text English PDF
  • June 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth Hughs (Spanish)June 2017 Labor Market Data Audio SpanishJune 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text Spanish PDF
  • May 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezMay 2017 Labor Market Data AudioMay 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • April 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth HughsApril 2017 Labor Market Data AudioApril 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • March 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Chairman Andres AlcantarMarch 2017 Labor Market Data AudioMarch 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • February 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezFebruary 2017 Labor Market Data AudioFebruary 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • January 2017 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Ruth R. HughsJanuary 2017 Labor Market Data Audio January 2017 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • December 2016 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Chairman Andres AlcantarDecember 2016 Labor Market Data Audio December 2016 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF

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