The Texas Department of State Health Services is launching the next phase of its campaign encouraging Texans to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with a $1.5 million television and radio ad buy. The campaign combines general information on vaccine safety and effectiveness with messages geared toward specific groups that research showsContinue Reading

AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is launching the “We Hire Ability” employer recognition program to celebrate and highlight Texas employers for their commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities and recognizing employers’ important role in helping to ensure a diverse and inclusive Texas workforce. In 2018, an estimated 9.7 percent ofContinue Reading

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) continues to advise employers that individuals misrepresenting themselves as former employees or even as TWC staff may capitalize on the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and attempt to file fraudulent unemployment insurance (UI) claims. UI fraud creates waste and impacts the employer-supported fund TWC uses to pay unemployment benefits to the claimants who need them. RecognitionContinue Reading

AUSTIN – In February, the seasonally adjusted Texas unemployment rate was 6.9 percent, up from 6.8 percent in January 2020. Texas lost 27,500 total nonagricultural jobs over the month, the first decrease in ten months. Private sector employment moved in the same direction with a decrease of 19,300 positions forContinue Reading

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he would send cities, counties, transit systems, and special purpose taxing districts $762.5 million in local sales tax allocations for March, 0.5 percent less than in March 2020. Texas bases the allocations on sales made in January by businesses that report tax monthly.Continue Reading

AUSTIN – Texas State Parks has begun a strategic and thoughtful process of expanding capacity statewide, tracking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest reopening order, and allowing more Texans the opportunity to visit their favorite parks. Masks are strongly encouraged for park visitors, especially when indoors or in areas that are difficult to sociallyContinue Reading