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Immigrant entrepreneurs contribute significantly to Texas’ economy.

From 2006 to 2010, there were 256,849 new immigrant business owners in Texas, and in 2010, 24.9 percent of all business owners in Texas were foreign-born. Furthermore, from 2007 to 2010, immigrants in Texas founded around 31.3 percent—almost one in three—of all new businesses in the state.

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Texas Nuclear Power Plants Seek New Workforce

PALACIOS — At first glance, the large, framed photo hanging on a wall at the state’s largest nuclear power plant seems to tell a simple story. About 200 smiling men and women stand in block formation behind a long-stretching banner — shades of a high school class portrait, though one posed in front of the domes of two nuclear reactors. 

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Jim Malewitz for the Texas Tribune

A Balanced-Growth View of Men's and Women's Unbalanced Labor Market Recoveries

The difference between the actual and potential output of an economy—widely known as the output gap—is so critical to central bank policy that scholars and policymakers devote a great deal of time and effort to estimating it and, accordingly, deciding how much to adjust various monetary instruments. Correctly gauging the output gap is particularly difficult because an economy’s potential output is not directly observable. 

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Carlos E.J.M. Zarazaga for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

ExxonMobil commits $500,000 to workforce training program

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—ExxonMobil will fund a $500,000 workforce training program to enable Houston’s leading community colleges to prepare thousands of local residents for jobs in the local chemical manufacturing industry. 

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Report: Immigrants' Economic Strength Increases

Since the 2010 U.S. census, the number of naturalized citizens has increased substantially in Texas, and the state's immigrants account for significant purchasing power and economic output, according to an analysis by a Washington-based think tank urging immigration reform. 

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Julián Aguilar for Texas Tribune

Texas A&M System Outsourcing 800 jobs to Knoxville, Tennessee Firm

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—The Texas A&M University System, reached an agreement with SSC Service Solutions, a subsidiary of Compass Group North America, to manage facility support services, to include building maintenance,  landscape maintenance and custodial services at 16 A&M System campuses throughout Texas. 

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Texas To Give $4.4 Million to National Instruments

Texas Business reports:  The state of Texas plans to give $4.4 million to National Instruments to expand its operation in Austin. 

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Texas to fund Training of Firm's Employees through Alamo Colleges

Texas Business reports:  Texas gave $304,848 to train workers for a company with locations in Kerrville and Albany, Texas. 

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Sitel to Hire 250 For San Angelo, Texas Customer Care Call Center

Texas Business reports:  SAN ANGELO—Sitel, a customer care provider, plans to expand its call center in San Angelo by hiring more than 250 people. 

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Online Social Networking at Work Can Improve Morale and Reduce Employee Turnover   | wac_txbz, social networking, Hope Koch,
Online Social Networking at Work Can Improve Morale and Reduce Employee Turnover

Texas Business reports:  WACO—By allowing employees to participate in a work-sponsored internal social networking site, a company can improve morale and reduce turnover, according to a Baylor University case study published in the European Journal of Information Systems

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Texas Gives $373,985 to College to Train Workers For Manufactuers

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—A three-member manufacturing consortium has partnered with Brookhaven College to provide job training using a $373,985 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). 

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Cargill to idle Plainview, Texas, beef processing plant; Layoff 2,000

Texas Business reports:  PLAINVIEW, Texas— Kansas-based Cargill announced that it will idle its Plainview, Texas, beef processing facility effective on February 1, 2013. 

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Texas Economy Slower in Recent Months

Texas Business reports: Texas job growth has been persistently above trend this year, with jobs growing at an annual pace of 3.2 percent through October, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In recent months, however, the pace of employment growth has slowed. Exports have generally declined since February, causing a weakening in Texas manufacturing. Continued low prices for natural gas have also led to some slowing in the energy sector. Offsetting this somewhat, construction activity has accelerated. Looking forward, the Texas Leading Index increased for the fourth consecutive month in October, although the pace of increase has moderated. The outlook components of the Dallas Fed’s three Texas Business Outlook Surveys all weakened in November, suggesting somewhat weaker growth ahead.

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New Master’s Degree Trains Business Leaders in Understanding Human Behavior

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—A new Master of Arts degree at The University of Texas at Austin draws on the liberal arts, technology programs and other disciplines to train business and nonprofit leaders who want a better understanding of how human behavior and experience relates to today's global marketplace. 

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Baylor University Law School Launches Clinic to Help Young Immigrants   | DACA, Baylor law, Laura A. Hernandez, Susan Nelson,
Baylor University Law School Launches Clinic to Help Young Immigrants

Texas Business reports:  WACO—Baylor University's Law School will begin operating a clinic to assist those who may be eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. An estimated 150,000 young unauthorized immigrants in Texas are eligible for relief from immediate deportation.

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Nation’s Largest Private Medicare Exchange Opens Second Richardson Service Center

Texas Business reports: Extend Health, operator of the nation's largest private Medicare exchange, today opened its second Richardson service center at 1122 Alma Rd. in the Richardson Telecom Corridor, where it will hire an additional 200 benefit advisors and customer care representatives. This brings the total number of jobs Extend Health is bringing to Richardson to more than 500 in two new service centers.

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Union Members Ratify New Labor Agreement With Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—Lockheed Martin reached a new labor agreement with District Lodge 776 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), the largest union at its Fort Worth, Tex., aircraft manufacturing facility. 

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ExxonMobil to Expand Houston Offices For Additional Employees

Texas Business reports: IRVING—ExxonMobil  plans to  expand the size of its facilities under construction in Houston to accommodate additional employees from the immediate area and from company locations in Fairfax, VA and Akron, OH.

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After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects   | aust_txbz, tower, cell tower, AT&T, Goodman Networks,
After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects
Following a worker's non-fatal 100-foot fall from a Texas cell tower last week, one of AT&T's construction management firms has instituted a stand down across several states, requiring that its subcontractors review safety practices. Full Story »
Ryan Knutson, PBS Frontline, and Liz Day, ProPublica

Army will open previously closed jobs, units to women

The Army announced that it will begin a six-month assessment May 14 of an exception to the Direct Ground Combat Assignment Rule for female Soldiers. Of the nine brigades selected for the exception to policy, three are at Fort Hood – 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams in the 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Cavalry Regiment.

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Heather Graham-Ashley, Sentinel News

Brinker International Signs Contract With Army PaYS Providing Careers for Army Veterans After Military Service

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—Brinker International Inc. formed a partnership with the Army Partnership for Youth Success Program (PaYS), which connects companies with young veterans looking for corporate jobs after serving their country.

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Wisconsin Firm To Provide $48.2 Million of Aircraft Labor in Corpus Christi

Texas Business reports: A Wisconsin firm won a $48.2 million contract to aircraft production labor to work in Corpus Christi.

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Texas Employers Add Jobs for 20th Straight Month
Texas Employers Add Jobs for 20th Straight Month

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN— The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 7.0 percent in March, marking the seventh consecutive month of decline. March’s unemployment rate was down from 7.1 percent in February, and from 8.0 percent a year ago. Texas’ unemployment rate is significantly below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.

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Survey Reveals Shortfall in Health Information Tech Workers

Texas Business reports: A new study by the Department of Health Information Management at Texas State University-San Marcos reveals a far greater need for Health Information Technology (HIT) workers in Texas than previously anticipated.

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While Others Outsource, UT-Austin Investing in Custodial Training  | aust_txbz, Maria Guzman,
While Others Outsource, UT-Austin Investing in Custodial Training

By the time most students have left campus for the day, Maria Guzman’s job has barely begun. 

At 5:30 p.m., Guzman gathers her 15-person custodial crew for daily stretching exercises in the Neural Molecular Science building at the University of Texas at Austin

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By Melissa Macaya For Reporting Texas

Direct Energy to Relocate to Houston, Hire 200 People

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Direct Energy, an energy and energy-related service provider, will hold a job fair on April 18 to fill approximately 200 jobs being created as part of its decision to relocate its head office to Houston, Texas from Toronto, Ontario.

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The Facts Behind the Government’s New ‘Hospitality’ Guidelines for Immigrant Detainees | brn_har_txbz, elp_txbz, lar_txbz,  mca_edi_miss_txbz,
The Facts Behind the Government’s New ‘Hospitality’ Guidelines for Immigrant Detainees

The government recently unveiled a new set of rules outlining better care for immigrants and asylum seekers detained while waiting for their deportation hearings.

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Study Looks at Migrant Mental Health

Texas Business reports:  Long hours of backbreaking work in the fields, on construction sites or as day laborers, along with being away from family and friends for days, months or years can take a toll on the mental health of migrant workers.

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Apple to Create 3,600 New Jobs in Austin

Texas Business reports:  Apple will expand its presence in Texas with a $304 million investment in a new campus in Austin that will create more than 3,600 new jobs.

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London’s Hays Expands Into Houston

Texas Business reports:  LONDON—Hays, a specialist recruiting group, opened an office in Houston.

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Multitasking Can Be Done Differently, Affect Perceptions of Work Practices

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—In an age in which "multitasking" is often cited as a core competency for employees, organizational communication researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have begun to better understand the nuances of how different individuals accomplish multiple tasks.

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Border States Electric closes McAllen and Weslaco branches

Texas Business reports:  FARGO, N.D. – Border States Electric is consolidating resources in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

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Garrison keeps focus on people during workforce cuts

Texas Business reports:  FORT HOOD—Utilizing voluntary retirement and incentives programs, Fort Hood is on the path to meeting the Army-mandated reduction of the civilian workforce.

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Your Abusive Boss May not be Good for your Marriage, According to Baylor University Study

Texas Business reports:  Having an abusive boss not only causes problems at work but can lead to strained relationships at home, according to a Baylor University study published online in journal, Personnel Psychology.

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American Airlines, TWU Dispatcher ReachTentative Agreement

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—American Airlines and the Transport Workers Union have reached a tentative agreement in principle for the Dispatcher workgroup.

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Snyder's-Lance To Close Corsicana Plant

Texas Business reports:  CORSICANA—Snyder's-Lance Inc. announced plans to close its salty snacks manufacturing facility in Corsicana, Texas, effective Friday, February 10, 2012.

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Texas To Spend $1.8 Million In State Funds For CGI Onshore Delivery Center.

Texas Business reports:  Texas is investing $1.8 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in CGI Group Inc. for the creation of the company's new U.S. onshore delivery center in Belton.

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Progressive Car Insurance to Hire 120 People in Austin by End of Year
Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN-- Progressive plans to fill approximately 120 positions in sales, service, and claims at its Austin contact center by the end of December 2011. Full Story »

Chinese Immigrant Workers May Supplant Those From Mexico

Texas Business reports:  China in the not-too-distant future could well rival Mexico as one of the sources for low-wage workers coming into the United States, contends Dudley L. Poston Jr., a Texas A&M University sociologist who also directs the institution’s Asian studies program.

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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Reduces About 540 Positions

Texas Business reports:  FORT WORTH—Lockheed Martin  will reduce its workforce by 540 positions, officials said.

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Texas Business reports: The U.S. Department of Labor awarded grants to two Texas entities for training.
Texas Business reports:  The U.S. Department of Labor awarded grants to two Texas entities for workforce training. Full Story »

Texas Unemployment Rate Inches Upward
 Texas Business reports: AUSTIN — Although private sector jobs continued to grow, the Texas unemployment rate rose to 8.5 percent in August. Full Story »

North Lake College Partners with Healthcare Associates for $163,482 Job-Training Grant

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN –Texas has given $163,000 to train health care workers.

 North Lake College has partnered with Healthcare Associates to provide job training using a $163,482 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

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TWU Regents approve Voluntary Separation Program for tenured faculty

Texas Business reports: DENTON—A “voluntary separation program” was approved by the Texas Woman’s University board of regents.

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Cedar Valley College Partners with Solar Turbines Inc. for $367,543 Job-Training Grant

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Texas gave $367,543 to a turbine company and a small college to train workers for private jobs.

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You Can't Leave It at the Office: University Study Finds Consequences of Co-Worker Rudeness Are Far-reaching

Texas Business reports: A co-worker's rudeness can have a great impact on relationships far beyond the workplace, according to a Baylor University study published online in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

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Mixed Employment Results for July

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN—Midland had the lowest unemployment at 5.1 percent and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the highest at 13.2 percent, according to statistics released today by the state agency that monitors the workforce.

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Texas To Spend $300,000 On Office Depot Expansion In Austin

 Texas Business reports: Texas is spending $300,000 through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in Office Depot Inc. for the creation of the company's new Inside Sales organization in Austin.

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 NIH Awards UTSA $2.4 Million to Groom Science Students for Research Careers | sanant_txbz, UTSA, NIH, MARC, Minority Access to Research Careers,
NIH Awards UTSA $2.4 Million to Groom Science Students for Research Careers

Texas Business reports:  Over the next five years, The University of Texas at San Antonio is slated to receive $2.4 million in funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to continue its MARC research training program, which supports underrepresented and disadvantaged UTSA undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, statistics or engineering. UTSA will use the funding to partially support 12 students each year through 2016.

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EPA Gives $300,000 To Texarkana For Job Training | txrkn_txbz, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, job training,
EPA Gives $300,000 To Texarkana For Job Training

Texas Business reports:  TEXARKANA—The City of Texarkana will receive $300,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide environmental job training and workforce development to poverty stricken areas in Northeast Texas.

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Trucking Company Hiring 300 Drivers in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico | lar_txbz, sanant_txbz, mid_txbz, vic_txbz, corp_chr_txbz,
Trucking Company Hiring 300 Drivers in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico

Texas Business reports:  A Green Bay, Wisconsin firm is hiring 300 drivers in Texas and two other states due to the boom in the energy business.

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Lamar Institute of Technology, Consortium of Texas Community Colleges to Provide Health Care Training Using a $1.2 Million Job-Training Grant  | beau_pta_txbz, hou_txbz, Lamar Institute, San Jacinto Junior College,
Lamar Institute of Technology, Consortium of Texas Community Colleges to Provide Health Care Training Using a $1.2 Million Job-Training Grant

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN--About $1.2 million in Texas state money is going into Houston area community colleges and health clinics to train new workers. 

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