Labor Day is a unique opportunity every year to celebrate and thank Texas’ more than 12.7 million workers who contribute to the economic strength and prosperity of our great state. Since “Gone to Texas” signs were placed outside homes and businesses across America in the 19th century, Texas has a long history of attracting talented workers who created a lasting legacy of collaboration and innovation that continues today. For most people, work is more than just a job; it provides a means for supporting families, the basic necessities that contribute to our safety and security, and most importantly, dignity for hardworking individuals.
There is much to be proud of here in Texas. Our 468,000 employers have added almost 293,000 jobs in the past year, and Texas’ unemployment rate has remained well below the U.S. rate. The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the state’s 28 local workforce development boards, which together comprise Texas Workforce Solutions, work closely with the state’s economic development entities to create innovative workforce programs that help connect qualified job seekers with employers seeking skilled workers.
Texas Workforce Solutions has assisted nearly 1.5 million job seekers across Texas with reemployment and rapid response services this year, including nearly 34,000 individuals who received workforce training to enhance their skills. Additionally, more than 92,000 employers received workforce business services this year, including applicant screening and referral services. WorkInTexas.com, TWC’s comprehensive online job matching system, has more than 500,000 registered users and is a free resource that provides job search assistance to individuals seeking work and recruiting assistance to employers in Texas. WorkInTexas.com reached a major milestone this year when the number of jobs filled through its services surpassed 2 million.
Texas Workforce Solutions and our partners continue our efforts to find innovative ways to serve hardworking Texans. We understand that the success of our state and communities rests in large part with the workers who have contributed so much to our economic prosperity. As you enjoy this holiday with family or friends, we thank you for helping to make Texas great.