Tribpedia: Texas Workforce Commission

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 ...

Nearly 3 Years Later, Program to Drug Test Unemployed Not in Place

Nov 13, 2012 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst hold a press conference on proposed legislation regarding drug testing for state benefit recipients at Austin Glass and Mirror in east Austin.
Nov 13, 2012 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst hold a press conference on proposed legislation regarding drug testing for state benefit recipients at Austin Glass and Mirror in east Austin.

Nearly three years after Texas enacted a law requiring some applicants for unemployment benefits to pass a drug test, the state has yet to test a single applicant, and it remains unclear when the program will get going. Texas and other states are stuck waiting on the federal government to implement rules needed to move forward.

Leonard Mitchell staples box seams for a state-contracted order at Expanco, Inc. in Fort Worth on Feb. 20, 2015. Photo by: Laura Buckman
Leonard Mitchell staples box seams for a state-contracted order at Expanco, Inc. in Fort Worth on Feb. 20, 2015. Photo by: Laura Buckman

State Disabled Worker Program Faces Overhaul

A controversial program that forces state agencies to spend millions buying goods and services from companies that hire disabled workers while sidestepping competitive bidding rules is about to undergo some big changes.

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.

Technical College System Looks to Break Mold on Workforce Development

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.

 

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 are having difficulty finding a job. But in Texas, businesses, advocacy groups and higher ed institutions are working to address that issue, and their efforts have earned national attention.

TribuneFest: Accountability and Student Testing

At the Trib's February 25 symposium on public education at Rice University, I talked accountability and student testing with Robert Duron, the state's deputy commissioner of education; Susan Kellner of Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment; Tom Pauken of the Texas Workforce Commission; and former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

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.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.

Higher-Ed Leader Calls for Balance in Academics, Jobs Training

Amid calls for greater emphasis on vocational training that meets the needs of Texas employers, the state's higher education czar says universities should also remain focused on providing a “solid academic foundation."

Who Will Be Hiring Texans in 2018?

With a push being made to better align the state's higher-education output with its workforce needs, we’ve put together interactive graphs and a database of what those needs will actually be in the year 2018.

Updated Interactive: Texas Economy by Region

This update of our "Texas Economy by Region" interactive map compares the unemployment rate from 2010 to 2011 in each county to determine whether the economy has improved or declined. We’ve also included a map of Texas cities with pop-ups that show industry changes from 2010 to 2011. 

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.