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"We have found a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce in Texas that has supported our growth. These individuals bring valuable leadership skills, experiences and problem-solving abilities to our fulfillment center."
- Mike Roth
Vice President of North American Operations, Amazon

Texas has the perfect combination of highly skilled talent and world-class schools to continue to meet the needs of businesses across industries—from advanced manufacturing to information technology.

Big, Skilled and Diverse Workforce: Texas has the second largest civilian workforce in America—13 million industrious, skilled and globally diverse Texans. And it just keeps getting bigger—Texas' population grew by more than 6 million people since 2000—more than any state.

Top-Notch Schools: With 38 public universities and upper-division centers—6 that are state university systems—and 50 community college districts, Texas continues feeding a strong pipeline of talent into the state. Four Texas business schools and several universities—including Rice University, University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M and Southern Methodist University—recently ranked among the best in the world according to U.S. News & World Report.

Nationally Recognized Researchers: In 2016, Governor Abbott launched the Governor's University Research Initiative (GURI), which provides matching funds to help Texas institutions of higher education recruit nationally recognized researchers to their faculty. In July 2016, the state recruited ten distinguished researchers to Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston as part of the initiative.

Customized Workforce Training: Texas businesses benefit from the Skills Development Fund, the state's premier job-training program providing local, customized training opportunities for Texas businesses and workers to increase skill levels and wages of the Texas workforce. Success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, communities and technical colleges, Workforce Development Boards and regional economic development partners.

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. For information on where qualified labor in your industry live and work today, try using one or more of the Workforce Analysis Tools listed below.

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

Ask your TxEDC representative about custom reports:

  • County Narrative Profile (CNP) presents Texas county-based statistical data in an easy-to-read narrative format. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Occupational Profiles offer detailed narrative descriptions listing characteristics of occupations, labor market outlook, and requisite knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • 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).