Texas Back to Work Surpasses 25,000 Job Placements

Texas Workforce Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Givens
DATE: March 26, 2012 PHONE: 512-463-8556
 

Texas Back to Work Surpasses 25,000 Job Placements

TWC program puts out-of-work Texans back in workforce, cuts hiring costs for employers

AUSTIN – Texas Back to Work, an initiative to help unemployed Texans rejoin the workforce, surpassed a milestone in February by helping to provide job seekers with more than 25,000 job placements, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced today. The initiative provides up to $2,000 in hiring incentives to employers who hire and retain qualified out-of-work Texans. Qualified individuals include those who have received or exhausted unemployment benefits.
 

“The Texas Back to Work program is a great example of what happens when states have the freedom to craft innovative programs to address the needs of their workforce,” said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken. “Millions in new wages have been added to the state’s economy, and the initiative has reduced the demand on Texas’ Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.”
 

Since the program began in March 2010, nearly 4,500 employers have received wage incentives for hiring qualified out-of-work Texans. The incentives help to offset costs associated with hiring and training new employees.
“By providing hiring incentives, Texas Back to Work has connected employers with qualified workers they might not have been able to hire otherwise,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton.
Employers can participate in Texas Back to Work by contacting their local Workforce Solutions center. Local contact information for Texas Back to Work is available at www.tbtw.texasworkforce.org. Local workforce centers also provide employers with workforce recruitment assistance, pre-screening of qualified applicants and training programs.
 

“This program is one of the many tools available from the Texas workforce system to assist those looking for work,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar. “The local workforce boards that operate Texas’ workforce centers across the state have been instrumental to the success of Texas Back to Work and other programs available to employers and job seekers.”
 

The Texas Back to Work initiative was awarded the 2010 Unemployment Insurance Innovation Award by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. In fiscal year 2011, the Texas workforce system served more than 1.7 million job seekers and nearly 160,000 employers. Employers are encouraged to take advantage of WorkInTexas.com, TWC’s online job-matching website where more than 150,000 employers are registered, post job openings and find great employees.

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