Tribpedia: Texas Workforce Commission

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The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is the state agency that oversees employment in Texas and provides workforce development services to employers and job seekers.  It's part of a local/state network dedicated to developing the workforce of Texas.

TWC is governed by a commission and 28 regional workforce boards. The network gives job seekers mostly free access to local ...

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TSTC Launches Center for Employability Outcomes

Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.
Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.

With the launch of a new initiative on Monday, the Texas State Technical College System could help revolutionize how colleges align their curriculum with workforce demands and help their students match up better with employers’ needs.

 

Unemployment Drug-Testing Law Delayed

The Texas Workforce Commission is waiting for the federal government to set parameters before it can begin implementing state legislation that will allow for drug testing of certain Texans applying for unemployment. Without that guidance, the law will not take effect Feb. 1, as expected.

Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.
Service members and their families from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, participate in the Veterans Day parade in San Angelo, Texas, Nov. 6, 2010.

Efforts to Boost Veterans' Job Prospects Praised

As the nation honors its veterans Monday, many of them are having difficulty finding a job. In Texas, businesses, advocacy groups and higher ed institutions are working to address that issue, and their efforts have earned national attention and praise. But several challenges remain for such efforts.

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State Awaits Guidance to Drug Test Jobless Texans

Texans working in the transportation and health care industries are among those accustomed to taking drug tests as a condition of employment. Under a new state law, they will soon be subject to such screening if they lose their jobs and must seek unemployment benefits. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series, a monthlong look at how the bills and budget passed by the 83rd Legislature will affect Texans' lives starting Sept. 1. 

  

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/14/12

Aaronson on why the latest Texas job gains are a mixed bag, Aguilar on the fight over an Eagle Pass coal mine, Batheja on nasty U.S. Senate race ads, Galbraith on El Paso's water woes, Grissom on John Bradley's tough primary, Hamilton and M. Smith on the controversial chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Murphy's cool higher ed stats interactive, Ramsey talks to Robert Draper about what's wrong with Congress, Ramshaw on Joe Barton vs. himself, Root on Perry's Mitt embrace and my exclusive sit-down with the chancellor of the UT System: The best of our best content from May 14-18, 2012.

Interactive: Texas' Economy Bounces Back

Since Texas' lowest dip in the recession, the state has added nearly 500,000 jobs. There are 10.7 million people who currently work in Texas, but nearly 1 million more are still unemployed. This interactive explores how the Texas economy has changed through the last four years, by industry and region. 

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops in October

The Texas unemployment rate dropped only slightly this month from 8.5 percent to 8.4 percent, according to statistics released by the Texas Workforce Commission today. But the state's economy is not performing as well as it was this time last year. And as the national economy has improved, the Texas economy has lagged.

Job Creation, Unemployment and the Texas Miracle

The latest jobs numbers have propelled talk of a “Texas miracle” as Gov. Rick Perry continues to consider a run for the presidency. But Texas’ unemployment rate is higher than that of all four states bordering it — and it’s up slightly from last year. So why does everyone keep touting Texas, and Perry in particular, for its strong economy?

Picture of one of millions of letters sent you by the Comptroller's office after it was discovered that the personal information of more than three million people was left unprotected for a year.
Picture of one of millions of letters sent you by the Comptroller's office after it was discovered that the personal information of more than three million people was left unprotected for a year.

Comptroller Offers Help After Data Mishap

Letters from the Texas Comptroller went out late last week, notifying people in the Teacher Retirement SystemTexas Workforce Commission and Employees Retirement System that social security numbers, birth dates and other sensitive data for about 3.2 million Texans had been exposed on a public server. The demand for answers to how this happened has only begun.