Skilled Workforce

With a steadily growing civilian workforce of over 12 million people, Texas businesses have an extensive pool of candidates from which to hire highly-educated and skilled workers.

Workforce Concentrations

Many regions in Texas boast large, existing concentrations of companies in a particular industry which creates a trained labor force from which other businesses can draw. As a result, regions with existing labor pools continue to spur new business expansions and relocations in those same sectors. Download the Texas Workforce Concentrations Report for detailed information.

Workforce Training

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) sponsors several programs designed to help employers assist employees in upgrading their skills through skills development, apprenticeship, on-the-job training, literacy education, and other training programs for developing highly skilled and productive employees. For information on TWC's programs, click here.

Workforce Data

The County Narrative Profile (CNP) system is a tool for presenting Texas county-based statistical data in an easy-to-read narrative format. A CNP is a county-based narrative profile integrated with data on geography, population, employment, income, housing, education, health, and other economic data for use in economic development and related analyses. Multiple counties may be chosen to generate a report that aggregates the data for all of the counties chosen.

Occupational Wages and Projections generate various aspects of detailed SOC-based wages for Texas and regional Local Workforce Development Board areas as well as occupational employment projections and openings for 2004-2014.

A Shift-share Analysis generates local, national, and industry specific data associated with industries in a Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA). Shift-share analysis is one way to account for the competitiveness of a region's industries and to analyze the local economic base. The analysis will provide a dynamic account of total regional employment growth that is attributable to growth of the national economy, a mix of faster or slower than average growing industries, and the competitive nature of the local industries.

Occupational Profiles offer detailed narrative descriptions listing characteristics of occupations, labor market outlook, and requisite knowledge, skills and abilities. The narratives provide regional, state, and national information. Includes O*NET descriptors and task/duty information.

A Targeted Industries and Targeted Occupations report generates a list of occupations based on your choices of industries, and then generates a narrative report based on those targeted occupations for your Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA).

Employer Search generates a list of regional employers from NAICS codes you select. Includes contact information, industries in which they work, sales volume, and number of employees.

The Occupational Evaluation report generates a ranked list of key occupations based on labor market information (LMI) attributes in a Local Workforce Development Area (LWDA).

Additional related planning research material and downloadable work files are available here.

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