Recent Press Releases

Current Press Releases

September 17, 2021 - Texas Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.9 Percent in August

AUSTIN – In August, the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from July 2021. Texas added 39,300 total nonagricultural jobs over the month, making gains in 15 of the last 16 months. Texas added a total of 681,000 jobs since August 2020. Read more about the June unemployment rate in the press release.

September 2, 2021 - A Labor Day Message to our Lone Star Workforce from the Texas Workforce Commission

AUSTIN -- This Labor Day weekend, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) wants to recognize and pay tribute to the 14 million plus industrious Texans who are the backbone of our economy and the foundation of our state. Our state’s population is skyrocketing because Texas has built a sturdy economic growth engine, and that attracts new residents and drives population growth.  Our skilled workforce is the primary reason companies move to Texas every day and it’s also why our state’s economy is thriving. Read the letter in Press Releases.

August 31, 2021 - Temple College and Partners Awarded $124,001 Job-Training Grant

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Temple College and their partners Affordable Interior Solutions Inc., Butler Weldments, Mine Services Inc., and Whinstone US a $124,001 Skills Development Fund grant. The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions of Central Texas area. Read more about the grant in the press release.

August 26, 2021 – As Texas’ Unemployment Rate Falls Below 6.5 percent Extended UI Benefits to Trigger Off

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) will stop paying Extended Benefits (EB) as of the week ending September 11, 2021. Extended Benefits by law are only available during periods of high state or national unemployment, currently defined as an average rate of seasonally adjusted total unemployment that equals 6.5 percent or more. Read more about Extended UI benefits ending in the press release.

August 20, 2021 - Texas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.2 Percent in July

AUSTIN — In July, the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 6.2 percent, a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from June 2021. Texas added 80,900 total nonagricultural jobs over the month, making gains in 14 of the last 15 months. Texas added a total of 714,800 jobs since July 2020. Read more about the July unemployment rate in the press release.

August 05, 2021  – Texas Workforce Commission Supports Adult Education and Literacy with $4,250,000 in Grants

AUSTIN -- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded three grants in support of Adult Education and Literacy totaling $4,250,000. Read more about the grants in the press release.

July 26, 2021 – Texas Workforce Commission Awarded $10 Million by US Department of Labor for Apprenticeship Programs

AUSTIN -- The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has been awarded $10 million in grant funding by the US Department of Labor to support the expansion of Registered Apprenticeship Programs in Texas. Read more about the grant in the press release.

July 16, 2021 - Texas Unemployment Rate Falls to 6.5 Percent in June

AUSTIN – In June, the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 6.5 percent, down 0.1 percentage points from a revised rate of 6.6 percent in May 2021. Texas added 55,800 total nonagricultural jobs over the month, making gains in 13 of the last 14 months. Texas added a total of 654,200 jobs since June 2020. Read more about the June unemployment rate in the press release.

July 8, 2021 - Texas Workforce Commission Earmarks $9 Million Dollars for Initiative to End the Middle Skills Gap in Texas

AUSTIN –The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) earmarked funding for a comprehensive statewide strategy to end the middle skills gap in Texas. Due to technological advances in the workplace, employment demand has dramatically increased for individuals with middle skills, defined as workers with some education beyond high school but less than a four-year degree. Read more about TWC’s initiative to end the middle skills gap in the press release.

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  • Aug 2021 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Bryan DanielAugust 2021 Labor Market Data AudioAugust 2021 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • July 2021 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Aaron DemersonApril 2021 Labor Market Data AudioJuly 2021 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • May 2021 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Bryan DanielApril 2021 Labor Market Data AudioApril 2021 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • April 2021 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Aaron DemersonApril 2021 Labor Market Data AudioApril 2021 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • March 2021 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Julian AlvarezMarch 2021 Labor Market Data AudioMarch 2021 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF
  • January 2021 Labor Market Data - Presented by TWC Commissioner Aaron DemersonJanuary 2020 Labor Market Data AudioJanuary 2020 Labor Market Data Audio Text PDF

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