Texas high school students slightly improve on some standardized tests — but haven’t fully regained ground since the pandemic
Students saw improvement in the STAAR tests for Algebra I, Biology and U.S. History.

Why a nationwide workforce development push is needed
It’s time for leaders across the country to focus on jobs.

Juliet Stipeche Joins H-GAC as New Director of Human Services
As director of human services, Stipeche will lead the Gulf Coast Workforce Solutions, the Houston-Galveston Area Agency on Aging, and Aging and Disability Resource Center programs. She will also serve as executive director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board.

 Here’s how higher education boosts Texans’ lifetime earnings
Students with vocational certificates and two-year degrees can earn more than some peers who have a bachelor’s. ‘The key is to at least get something after high school,’ says one expert.

College degrees still pay off big-time for high school grads
With unemployment low and entry wages rising, enrollment of 18- to 21-year-olds has dropped sharply at Dallas College and statewide.

Texas will resume grading public schools based on students’ STAAR test results
For the first time since the pandemic, Texas schools will again be rated based on standardized tests. But for one year only, schools that receive a D or F will get a “not rated” label.

House Passes WIOA Reauthorization
On May 18, the House of Representatives passed a reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) by a vote of 220-196, with just four Republicans joining the Democrats in favor of the bill.

Texas Unemployment Rate Declines to 4.3 Percent in April, State Experiences Sixth Straight Month of Record Employment
Texas added 62,800 total nonagricultural jobs in April 2022.

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Honored with Communicator Award for Nonprofit Outreach Campaign
Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA), the nonprofit community partnership developing talent for employers to empower the nine-county Rural Capital Area of Central Texas, announced that it has been recognized for distinction by the 28th Annual Communicator Awards for its integrated outreach campaign, “We Are Rural Capital Area.”

Career Signing Day Events Announced for 2022
In 2019, a resolution marked Texas Career and Technical Education Signing Day as an annual event that supports the goals of the Governor’s Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative by highlighting career and technical education programs as a way to encourage this educational pathway for our Texas students, and address the skills gap for in-demand jobs.

Texas adds 4,200 oil field services jobs last month, total still below pre-pandemic numbers
Employment in the country’s oil field services sector is rising, but remains below pre-pandemic levels as companies compete for workers in a tight labor market.

Looking for workers in a job seeker’s market? Employers have to pony up
Some job switchers get a ‘life-changing pay raise’ while over half of Texas executives complain that applicants want more money than offered.

UT-Austin, other University of Texas System schools plan to offer more microcredentials
The University of Texas System plans to increase its focus on short-term microcredentials to provide people with more pathways to careers.

TWC Expands Opportunities for Texans to Earn a High School Diploma or Equivalency
$5.3 million dedicated to help Texans obtain these credentials.

These Texas jobs are getting pay raises that outrun inflation
Texas workers in oil and gas, finance and even restaurants and bars are earning much more than a year ago. Still, “there’s a whole lot of strain out there,” says a labor market analyst.

 Study: Gig work platforms can create more financial stability for workers with weekly stipend
A new study out of Texas is looking for ways to bring financial stability to low- to moderate-income workers in the gig economy.

 Texas Workforce Commission Seeks Applications for Advisory Committee for Purchasing from People with Disabilities
The committee is comprised of 13 members who advise TWC on matters relating to the Works Wonders program, which assists individuals with disabilities in achieving independence through productive employment.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Releases 2022 Interim Charges to the Texas Senate
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has asked committees of the Texas Senate to study 84 charges during the interim before the 88th Legislative Session.

TWC Invests Nearly $315 Million to Support Low-Income Family Child Care and Strengthen Economy
Funds will continue TWC’s goal of serving more families.

Community college enrollment is down, but skilled-trades programs are booming
Across the country, associate's degree programs in fields like HVAC and automotive repair have seen enrollment numbers swell.

President Biden Signs Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Bill
On Tuesday, March 15, President Biden signed the omnibus bill to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year (FY) 2022, providing over $1.5 trillion across the entire federal government.

Texas schools won’t lose funding for attendance drops during the pandemic
In Texas, schools are funded based on the number of students enrolled and the daily attendance on campus.

Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan Issues Interim Charges, Forms Interim Committees
Charges to committees reflect priorities of the legislative body, emphasize policy areas including criminal justice and healthcare reform, infrastructure and economy.

Weekly jobless claims fall to 184,000, the lowest level in more than 52 years
Initial filings for unemployment insurance totaled 184,000 for the week ended Dec. 4, the lowest going back to Sept. 6, 1969, which saw 182,000.

Texas' multibillion-dollar corporate tax incentive program is slated to end in 2022. Will state officials let it die?
Already conversations are underway between state lawmakers, business groups and economic development leaders over what, if anything, should happen once the program ends, or whether there is appetite at the Legislature to revive some version of it.

The Economist: Inflation
Inflation by some measures is at 30-year highs, hitting many families hard. It’s complicated, but there are basically two things happening. Let’s take a closer look.

Texas Workforce Commission Adopts No New Increases to Employer Tax Rates for 2022
Sustained rates will continue to protect Trust Fund solvency without increasing tax burden on Texas employers.

 TWC Recognizes Five Texas Workforce Boards for Future Excellence in Innovation
South Texas, Northeast Texas, Gulf Coast, East Texas, and North Texas Workforce Boards Honored with $200,000 Grants.

Analysis: A swelling Texas treasury gives 2022 hopefuls room for big ideas
The state comptroller says the next Legislature will start with almost $25 billion in the state treasury.