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Dec 29, 2009
More employers to boost hiring in 2010
Job seekers may get some reprieve in the new year, according to a study released by a job search company Tuesday.
Dec 28, 2009
Landing a Job of the Future Takes a Two-Track Mind
Career Experts Say Positions in Growing Fields Will Require an In-Demand Degree Coupled With Skills in Emerging Trends.
Dec 16, 2009
TWC Alerts Unemployment Claimants of Text Message Scam
Some Texas unemployment claimants report receiving fraudulent text messages that claim to originate from TWC requesting confidential information or advising them to call a special phone number to reactivate benefits.
Dec 9, 2009
Hill Country headquarters revs up
Manufacturing plant will bring more than 100 jobs
Nov 23, 2009
State adds money to meet demand for trained workers
Job training benefits for jobless workers aren't the only funding getting attention amid the economic downturn.
Nov 13, 2009
Training center wants to be college
CyberTex Institute of Technology, a 10-year-old job training center that has launched technical careers for many Central Texans, is positioning itself to graduate to the next level.
Oct 26, 2009
Federal Jobs: Easy to Spot, Hard to Get
The federal government's "help wanted" sign is up. The problem, applicants are finding, is getting in the door.
Sep 22, 2009
Jobless benefits may be extended

With aid for many jobless to run out this month, House on Tuesday will consider extending unemployment benefits.  Bill could help more than 1 million jobless.

Sep 18, 2009
Texas worker confidence highest in 12 months
Texas employee confidence increased in August after a two-point dip the month before, according to the latest Spherion Employment Report.
Sep 9, 2009
Doing all the good he can
Keith McCollum [of Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area] spends his worktime and lifetime helping others
Sep 4, 2009
Austin job group gets grant for green training
The grant will allow the nonprofit to build a training center for workers entering the "green-collar" work force, which includes job sectors such as renewable energy.
Sep 3, 2009
Economy has mixed impact on Highland Lakes child care industry
Some child care centers not feeling the pinch; others work to help parents’ pocketbooks
Aug 19, 2009
Study: Williamson one of the nation's best counties for job growth
With a population that's more than doubled in the past 10 years, Williamson County is one of the nation's top counties for job growth, according to a new report from CNN/Money.com.
Aug 19, 2009
Job hunting? Watch what you tweet
The number of companies using social networking Web sites to screen potential employees has doubled in the last year, and what they have found has killed the hire for more than a third of candidates, according to a CareerBuilder report.
Aug 18, 2009
TWC Chairman Warns of Web Sites Misleading the Public
Sites supposedly helping out-of-work Texans file claims present inaccurate, confusing information
Aug 12, 2009
Texas unveils $25 million technical training program
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has introduced a new workforce development initiative designed to raise the level of technical education in Texas.
Jul 31, 2009
Texas tops all states in new wind energy
Texas ranks first in new wind power generating capacity, according to the second quarter market report from the American Wind Energy Association.
Jul 30, 2009
New bio-medical company calls San Marcos home
A multinational bio-medical company is moving to San Marcos and bringing some high paying jobs with it.
Jul 24, 2009
Many ACC programs blossom as workers retool in recession
Health care, automotive and tech among hot degrees
Jul 23, 2009
TWC Reminds Texas Employers and Workers of Federal Minimum Wage Increase
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reminds Texas employers and workers of the increase in the federal minimum wage effective Friday, July 24, 2009.
Jul 15, 2009
All Qualified Unemployment Claimants Will Receive Benefits
Funds are available, benefits safe
Jul 7, 2009
Higher minimum wage coming soon
Federal wage floor will rise to $7.25 an hour on July 24. Hike will be felt in 29 states. Can the job market handle it?
Jul 7, 2009
TWC doles out $1M to Texas schools
The Texas Workforce Commission awarded nearly $1 million to Texas universities and community colleges this year to help students go to educational summer camps.
Jul 3, 2009
In tough job market, residents turning to continuing education
If you are searching for answers in today's rough economy and job market, Kolette Palacios and her staff at Texas State may just have the answer for you. In fact, they may have several good answers from which to choose.
Jul 2, 2009
Texas faring better in recession
Texas is one of the best places in the world to work through the current global recession.
Jul 2, 2009
TWC Adds $1 Million in Federal Funds to Apprenticeship Training Program
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has added $1 million to its Apprenticeship Training Program to prepare Texas workers for occupations in high-demand skilled trades.
Jul 1, 2009
Austin leads nation in job growth for 4th straight month
For 4th straight month, Austin sole major U.S. city to grow jobs
Jul 1, 2009
Census: Round Rock is the 2nd fastest growing big city in the U.S.
Round Rock is the second-fastest growing large city in the nation for the 12 months that ended July 1, 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau said in its annual population estimates released Wednesday.
Jun 25, 2009
Austin Community College joins green training collaborative
The Austin Community College District and four other regional colleges have formed the Green Corridor Collaborative, a partnership aimed at attracting federal stimulus dollars to support workforce training programs.
Jun 22, 2009
Numbers on Welfare See Sharp Increase
Welfare rolls, which were slow to rise and actually fell in many states early in the recession, now are climbing across the country for the first time since President Bill Clinton signed legislation pledging "to end welfare as we know it" more than a decade ago.
Jun 15, 2009
5 easy tips will help you master your student loans
Two-thirds of graduates from four-year universities have student loans, with an average debt of $22,000.  Knowing your options can ease the burden
Jun 11, 2009
Texas a leader in creating jobs tied to clean energy, study says
State fares well in first detailed look at U.S. clean-energy economy.
Jun 11, 2009
Tech Ranch Austin expands to Cedar Park
Tech Ranch Austin, an incubator for fledgling entrepreneurs, will expand into Cedar Park with a series of events focused on building community, increasing collaboration and accelerating entrepreneurial activity in Cedar Park.
Jun 8, 2009
Additional $25 Per Week in Unemployment Benefits Tops $100 Million
Unemployed Texans receive boost from stimulus dollars.
Jun 5, 2009
TWC Offers Tips to Teens, Employers for Summer Hiring
TWC offers important tips to teens as they seek summer employment.
Jun 1, 2009
San Marcos to get schooled on auto tech
ACC launches car program this week in the city.
May 27, 2009
Valence wants to build major plant in Leander
Austin-based Valence Technology Inc. has submitted a grant application to the U.S. Department of Energy with plans to build a manufacturing facility in Leander.
May 26, 2009
Billions earmarked for 'green jobs,' training programs
About $4 billion from President Barack Obama's $787 billion economic stimulus plan that was budgeted to renovate public housing will be spent to create "green jobs" by making the dwellings more energy efficient...$500 million in stimulus money is becoming available to train workers for those jobs.
May 22, 2009
Unemployment drops in Central Texas
While the national job market remains challenging, figures released Friday morning from the Texas Workforce Commission show that the local economy is still showing small signs of improvement.
May 21, 2009
TWC Awards $2.4 Million for High-Tech Youth Career Initiatives
11 universities promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to tomorrow’s workforce.
May 19, 2009
Austin employs 42,000 manufacturing workers
Austin ranks fifth among Texas cities in terms of the number of manufacturing-related jobs, according to the 2009 Texas Manufacturers Register.
May 13, 2009
Recruiters Reveal Pet Peeves About Job Seekers
A Yahoo! Recruiter Roundtable looks at flaws to avoid.
May 12, 2009
Job market shrinking for college grads
The Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas finds several hurdles for the 2.3 million students who will earn associate or bachelor’s degrees in 2009...and advises new graduates to adopt an aggressive approach.
May 11, 2009
TWC Cautions UI Claimants to Beware of Fee-for-Filing Scams
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) warns Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to be aware of unscrupulous business operators who may try to charge a fee to file unemployment claims. Filing for benefits through TWC is and always has been free.
May 9, 2009
S.A. wins 1,400 Medtronic jobs
Medtronic Diabetes, a unit of Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc., will bring 1,400 sales and support jobs to San Antonio and will start hiring this summer, the San Antonio Express-News has learned.
May 8, 2009
Job losses ease, but unemployment rate up
Payrolls post smallest decline since October, even as unemployment rises to 25-year high.
May 8, 2009
Obama announces education help for unemployed
Under Obama's initiative, colleges would consider a person's current financial situation to make it possible for them to receive Pell grants, which are available for low-income students. The unemployed person would not lose any unemployment benefits and the maximum Pell grant would be increased in July by $500 to $5,350.
May 8, 2009
JoblessJoe.com aims to aggregate career-finding resources
A new Web site launched by Austin executive Zack Metzner attempts to combine job postings like those available on existing employment sites with articles and expertise on everything from saving money to career training. He dubbed the site JoblessJoe.com.
May 7, 2009
Swine Flu Information for Child Care Providers, Foster Parents, and Relative Caregivers
This document provides updated interim guidance for schools and childcare facilities regarding the prevention of the spread of novel influenza A (H1N1) virus.
May 6, 2009
Texas may lead restaurant industry in '09, group says
With roughly $35 billion in sales anticipated this year, restaurants in Texas could lead the industry in growth, according to the National Restaurant Association.
May 6, 2009
Pentagon to create 20,000 jobs to manage arms buys
President Barack Obama's Defense Department plans to create 20,000 new government jobs to help revise how it buys more than $100 billion of weapons each year, the Pentagon's No. 2 official told Congress.
May 5, 2009
Senate votes to rein in tuition increases
Bill represents dramatic turn in tuition-setting policy, which lawmakers 'deregulated' six years ago.
May 4, 2009
Concordia adds accelerated programs to main campus
Under the program, students attend one class per week for four to six weeks. Students can take classes all year long, speeding the rate at which they can earn a degree.
May 1, 2009
Scooter maker in overdrive
A New Braunfels-based business plans to add 500 employees to accommodate rising demand from the growing number of baby boomers.
Apr 29, 2009
Swine Flu Information for Child Care Providers - Texas DFPS
Texas day care providers may continue to operate at their discretion but are urged to follow guidance published by the Texas Department of State Health Services to reduce the likelihood of the spread of Swine Flu.
Apr 28, 2009
Swine Influenza A (H1N1) Information for Child Care Providers - Texas DHHS
CDC has identified cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in people from several states including California, Kansas, Texas, New York and Ohio. CDC is working with local and state health agencies to investigate these cases. It has been determined that this virus is spreading from human to human.  Child care providers in community based child care programs in all settings including both center-based and family child care programs should follow these guidelines.
Apr 28, 2009
Nationally Renowned Author Dr. Stephen Covey Shares Tips for Recently Unemployed Texans
No-cost seminar to focus on strengthening families during transition
Apr 27, 2009
Census: Those with college degrees earn $26,000 more
American workers with a bachelor's degree earned about $26,000 more on average in 2008 than those with only a high school diploma, a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows.
Apr 22, 2009
Workforce conference to plan use of $150M
State, education and industry leaders are coming together to discuss how best to use $150 million in training funds that have been allocated to workforce boards in Texas.
Apr 21, 2009
National service bill to get Obama's signature
The AmeriCorps program started by President Bill Clinton will triple in size over the next eight years...Students from sixth grade through senior year of high school could earn a $500 education award for helping in their neighborhoods during a new summer program.
Apr 21, 2009
Economic luncheon to be broadcast live in high definition
Nearly 300 people are expected to attend the 2009 Texas Economic Outlook Luncheon: Riding the Storm Out, 11-1 p.m. Thursday, April 23, city of San Marcos Conference Center to hear keynoter Dr. Keith Phillips, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and three economists from Texas State University shed some light on current economic conditions.
Apr 17, 2009
Texas Unemployment Rate Nearly Two Percentage Points Below the U.S. Rate
Texas’ unemployment rate continues to trend well below the national rate. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.7 percent in March, while the U.S. unemployment rate climbed to 8.5 percent.
Apr 17, 2009
Austin job picture brightens a bit
The Austin region’s job picture improved slightly in March with an uptick in the job growth rate and a small drop in the unemployment rate from February, according to figures released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Apr 16, 2009
Study: Texas ranks 32nd in affordable housing
The average worker in Texas needs to earn more than twice the minimum wage to afford a two bedroom apartment, according to a new study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Apr 15, 2009
McDonalds franchisees fund scholarships at ACC
The local McDonald's owner/operator association is funding $10,000 in new scholarships for Austin Community College students.
Apr 14, 2009
Stimulus a boon to Texas construction
The economic impact of stimulus investment in Texas would add about $2.7 billion to the state’s gross domestic product and could add more than 8,000 construction jobs in the state, according to a report prepared by the Associated General Contractors of America.
Apr 14, 2009
April is Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month
Governor Rick Perry proclaims April as Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month, saying “Every responsible person will agree that one abused child is too many. Yet our state’s child protection caseloads are evidence of the shameful fact that child abuse is a widespread issue in Texas”.
Apr 14, 2009
Austin ranks No. 1 for job growth potential
Austin ranks No. 1 on the list of big cities for employment potential from NewGeography.com. The Capital City posted modest job growth of just 1 percent in 2008—but that was still better than a lot of other big cities.
Apr 1, 2009
ADP Reports 742,000 Private-Sector Job Losses
Private-sector jobs in the U.S. fell a steep 742,000 in March, according to a national employment report published Wednesday by payroll giant Automatic Data Processing Inc. and consultancy Macroeconomic Advisers.
Mar 21, 2009
Young and Old Are Facing Off for Jobs
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — This city has become a front line in a generational battle for jobs, as older workers increasingly compete against applicants in their 20s for positions at supermarkets, McDonald’s and dozens of other places. And older workers seem to be winning.
Mar 3, 2009
Geography of a Recession
Job losses have been most severe in the areas that experienced a big boom in housing, those that depend on manufacturing and those that already had the highest unemployment rates.  View an interactive map.  (Updated March 19 with January data.)
Mar 1, 2009
Forced From Executive Pay to Hourly Wage
Nine months ago Mark Cooper lost his job as the security manager for the western United States for a Fortune 500 company, overseeing a budget of $1.2 million and earning about $70,000 a year. Now he is grateful for the $12 an hour he makes in what is known in unemployment circles as a “survival job” at a friend’s janitorial services company.
Feb 24, 2009
Unemployed Texans Granted Additional $25 Per Week in UI Benefits
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced today a $25 increase to weekly unemployment benefits for individuals currently receiving payments. The increase was part of the economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama.
Feb 20, 2009
Boost your pay through stimulus tax planning
Whatever your situation, whether you are working or unemployed, the government has something for you in the 7 billion stimulus package.
Feb 5, 2009
ACC breaks ground on Round Rock campus

The Round Rock facility will offer classes in health sciences, university preparation and work force training in workforce programs such as renewable energy technology.

Feb 4, 2009
White House says 286,000 Texas jobs will stem from Obama plan
The White House put out estimates of how many jobs would be created or saved in each state by President Obama’s stimulus package. In Texas: 286,000.
Feb 2, 2009
Get the job you deserve
If you find yourself underemployed - either you’re working part-time and want a full-time job, or you’re in a job that isn’t utilizing your skills, here are the steps you can take to get the job you deserve.
Jan 29, 2009
Job searches fastest-growing Internet category
The sinking economy has boosted the use of online job searches, according to new data from ComScore Inc.  As job cuts accelerate Reston, Va.-based ComScore (Nasdaq: SCOR) said the category was the fastest-growing site sector in 2008.
Jan 22, 2009
Report: 49 deaths in Texas child-care facilities
The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Web site reported the deaths of 49 children in Texas due to unregulated child care from 2004 to 2007...
Jan 22, 2009
Census Bureau to open office in Georgetown
First Austin-area office to hire about 1,000 temporary workers.
Jan 19, 2009
More Joining American Military as Jobs Dwindle
As the number of jobs across the nation dwindles, more Americans are joining the military, lured by a steady paycheck, benefits and training.
Jan 16, 2009
Hotel chain puts virtual training game in employees' hands
Most employers discourage employees from playing video games while on the job. But earlier this month in Austin, a hotel company launched a virtual training tool for workers to learn about their job duties on a Sony PlayStationPortable.
Jan 16, 2009
AMD to cut 900 more jobs; reduce pay
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to cuts its company-wide workforce by 9 percent by eliminating 900 jobs in addition to previously announced job cuts, company officials confirmed Friday.
Jan 16, 2009
City of Austin freezes hiring and wages
Citing the effect of current economic woes, the city of Austin is enacting a hiring freeze effective immediately.
Jan 15, 2009
Forecast: Austin will add just 2,100 new jobs in '09
Austin will only add about 2,100 jobs in the next year—a dramatic decline from the robust employment growth the region experienced in recent years, according to a leading local economist.
Jan 15, 2009
2009-2010 Austin Economic Forecast predicts slowdown, opportunities

Local economist Angelos Angelou, founder of Austin-based AngelouEconomics, presented projections at the Angelou Annual Economic Forecast Event on Jan. 15 that Austin will see slow job growth but also opportunities as Central Texas continues to fare better than the rest of the nation.

Jan 14, 2009
Regional health insurance initiative seeks support of area counties
A regional health care group is asking four area counties to financially back the Central Texas Regional Health Coverage Program, a pilot initiative that would provide Central Texas businesses a much-needed health care coverage option.
Jan 13, 2009
Survey: Bad managers top reason employees quit
Even in an economy that is cutting jobs, executives still view employee retention as their No. 1 concern, and bad managers get the blame for most defections, according to a Robert Half International survey.
Jan 13, 2009
3% drop in tech spending forecast for 2009
Global spending on information technology products and services will drop by 3 percent this year, according to a new forecast by Forrester Research.
Jan 13, 2009
Small business outlook dims
The number of small businesses expecting big challenges this year is growing. A National Small Business Association’s 2008 Year-End Economic Report found just 3 percent of small businesses surveyed reported growth last year.
Jan 12, 2009
Dell to offer refunds to customers
Dell Inc. has promised to improve its sales practices and customer service under terms of an agreement with Texas and 45 other states. The agreement comes after an investigation into Round Rock-based Dell (Nasdaq: DELL) by multiple state attorneys general who say they were responding to consumer complaints.