The program provides up to $2,000 in hiring incentives to hire and retain out-of-work Texans, particularly those who have received or exhausted employment benefits.
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The biggest employment gains were seen in the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities sector for the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The decrease comes despite losing 100 nonfarm jobs from the area between November and December of 2011
Over 200,000 jobs were added in Texas in 2011 as the state's unemployment rate is now below 8 percent
Both state and local unemployment fell in November, with State levels dipping as low as 7.5 percent.
Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken said “Private employers continue to invest their capital into the growing Texas workforce.”
Texas unemployment rate remains at 8 percent, well below the national unemployment rate. The state also continues to add jobs
Tom Pauken, the Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, joined Chad and Rex on today's edition of Lubbock's First News on KFYO. Listen to the audio of the full interview after the jump.