I am pleased to announce the launch of a Workforce Solutions Panhandle newsletter. This newsletter is an initiative aimed at providing vital information to employers regarding the labor market in the Texas Panhandle.
The information is designed to help area employers stay up-to-date with the latest labor market information and trends, as well as providing them with essential insights into employer events and other topics of interest. We understand how critical it is for businesses to stay ahead in this rapidly evolving and competitive job market, which is why our newsletter will feature practical and actionable advice to help you make informed decisions about your workforce.
In the newsletter, you can expect to find information about job fairs, hiring events, and training opportunities. We will also keep you updated on the latest workforce-related news, so you can stay informed about industry trends and policy changes that may impact your business.
Our team is dedicated to providing high-quality, relevant information that meets your needs as an employer. We believe that the more informed you are, the better equipped you will be to make the right decisions for your business. Our goal is to create a community where employers can connect and collaborate, sharing insights and best practices to help each other thrive in the Texas Panhandle.
We hope you will find the newsletter informative, engaging, and useful. Please feel free to share it with other business owners and professionals in your network. We welcome your feedback, comments, and suggestions, so please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you.
Workforce Development Director
Texas Workforce Commission Releases March 2023 Texas Labor Market Information
AMARILLO – In March 2023, the Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) recorded the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state of Texas at 3.1 percent. The Midland MSA recorded the lowest rate at 2.6 percent with the College Station-Bryan MSA coming in at third at 3.2 percent.
From February to March, the city of Amarillo area saw a 0.4 percent drop in unemployment rate from 3.5 to 3.1. From March 2022 to March 2023, the Amarillo MSA and Texas Panhandle Workforce Development Area (WDA) saw 0.2 percent increases in their unemployment rates.
The previous month saw both Potter and Randall counties record small decreases in their unemployment rates. Potter County went from 3.7 percent in February to 3.2 percent in March. Randall County went from 3.4 percent in February to 3.0 percent in March.
Donley, Swisher, and Wheeler counties recorded the biggest decreases in unemployment rate from the previous month at 0.9 percent. Donley went from 4.3 percent to 3.4 percent. Swisher dropped to 4.6 percent from 5.5 percent, and Wheeler went from 4.9 percent to 4.0 percent.
Hartley County currently holds the lowest unemployment rate in the Panhandle at 2.1 percent with 2,576 people employed out of 2,632. Swisher County has the highest unemployment rate at 4.6 percent with 2,503 people employed out of 2,625.
Texas attained new records in March 2023 with the largest civilian labor force and greatest number of people employed in state history. The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force increased by 78,800 to reach a series-high 14,898,100 people, while the unemployment rate held steady at 4.0 percent. Texas added 28,600 positions to reach another series-high job count at 13,839,200 total nonfarm jobs. Since March 2022, 575,100 positions have been added.
Texas’ over-the-year employment growth through March 2023 outpaced the nation in every one of the 11 major industries. Over the month, Leisure and Hospitality led job growth with 7,400 positions added, followed by Construction, which increased by 5,800 jobs. Also, of note, both Trade, Transportation and Utilities and Private Education and Health Services grew by 5,400 jobs in March.
2023 Teacher Externship Opportunity for Employers
The Workforce Solutions Panhandle (WSP) is now accepting registrations for its 2023 Teacher Externship program. This program offers a unique opportunity for employers to collaborate with local educators and help shape the future workforce.
The Teacher Externship program connects employers with teachers, allowing them to gain a better understanding of the skills and knowledge needed for success in the workforce. Through this program, employers can provide valuable insight into their industry, share their expertise, and help shape the curriculum for future workers.
Participation in the Teacher Externship program also offers numerous benefits to employers. Not only does it provide an opportunity to invest in the development of future workers, but it also allows employers to strengthen their relationships with local schools and educators.
Registration for the 2023 Teacher Externship program is now open, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to make a difference in the workforce of tomorrow. Contact Workforce Solutions Panhandle today to learn more and register for the program.
Workforce Solutions Panhandle (WSP), a partner of the American Job Center Network, assists employers and job seekers, by providing workforce development, training, and child care services throughout the Texas Panhandle. WSP receives funding from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and utilizes its WorkInTexas.com system, the largest job-matching database in the State of Texas. WSP is overseen by the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC), which TWC has designated as the fiscal and administrative agent for the Panhandle Workforce Development Board (PWDB).
The PWDB is a business-led group, the majority of which is comprised of employers from the private sector, as well as representatives from community-based organizations, labor, economic development, secondary and post-secondary education, adult and continuing education, literacy, vocational rehabilitation, public employment services, and the State department of human services.
The PWDB is appointed by the Chief Elected Officials (CEO) of the Panhandle Workforce Development Consortium’s Governing Body (PWDCGB), which is comprised of six of the Panhandle region’s County Judges who volunteer as representatives the 26 counties of the Panhandle, and the Mayor of the City of Amarillo.
The PWDB and the PWDCGB provide policy guidance and direction, to the staff of PRPC and WSP, for the growth and prosperity of the Panhandle’s current and future workforce.
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