Texas Is A Leading State In Helping Veterans Find Jobs
According to recent data provided by the United States Department of Labor, Texas has been a strong state in working to try and help veterans get jobs. The Texas Veterans Commission (in conjunction with the Texas Workforce Commission) assists veterans to obtain employment in the state of Texas. Currently, the U.S. Department of Labor monitors a set of performance measures to calculate the efficiency of states’ veteran employment obtainment systems. The number of veterans that achieve employment is of the utmost importance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in February 2018, the veteran unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down from 3.9 percent in February 2017.
The Texas Veterans Commission (TVC), in coordination with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), provides several services to assist veterans seeking job opportunities. The TVC is staffed with regional employment representatives across multiple locations throughout the state, who provide a full range of employment services through one-on-one assistance to veterans with job applications, resume preparation, job matching and searches, as well as other services for those with special needs. The Veterans Commission also helps administer programs to aid veterans such as the Transition Assistance Program and the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program.
A central challenge to veterans’ employment is to increase the demand for veteran employees. The Texas Veterans Commission demonstrates to employers how veterans are particularly well-suited for today’s fast-paced work environment due to the strong communication, technical and teamwork skills gained during their military service. Through their efforts, the TVC has won several national employment awards from both veteran and workforce organizations.
In conjunction with the Texas Veterans Leadership Program, the Workforce Commission has implemented a few enhancements to provide additional assistance to veterans. One such development is an icon in Work In Texas that enables job seekers to easily identify those postings and/or employers who have indicated an interest in or requirement for hiring a veteran, as well as an icon denoting a veteran-only posting. Additional enhancements have provided for a first day veterans’ hold placement on job postings to ensure that veterans seeking work have access to job openings before the general public.
Due to the committed work of the Texas Veterans Commission and the Texas Workforce Commission, our state serves as the model on how government can thank our men and women for their courageous service to our country by helping to re-integrate them into “civilian” society. Additional information on veteran job placements services can be found on Texas Veterans Commission.
As a reminder, the 86th Texas Legislative session will begin next January. As always, I want to hear your ideas and suggestions. Your ideas and information are important forms of feedback and I hope that you will not hesitate to contact my office.
If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).
– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32
Rep. Hunter represents Nueces (Part) County . He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 512-463-0672.