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Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington holding show auditions Saturday

Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington is hosting entertainment auditions for the 2014 season beginning at noon Saturday. 

The park’s entertainment department is looking for a wide range of talent from singers to dancers and country guitarists. 

This season’s performers will appear in one of three summer shows: Chart Toppers 5.3, Looney Tunes We Got the Beat, and Country Young Gunz. 

The summer shows line-up kicks off June 7. 

Those auditioning must be at least 16 years of age and should go online to pre-register at www.sixflagsjobs.com

_ Sandra Baker


Study: Texas gained 6,368 jobs in 2013 from clean energy and transportation

Texas projects involved in clean energy production and energy-efficient transportation projects added 6,368 positions last year, according to a new report by Environmental Entrepreneurs. The state ranked No. 2, behind California's 15,397 jobs. One example cited among the eight projects in Texas was the 80-turbine, 165-megawatt Cameron Wind farm in South Texas announced by Apex Clean Energy, which could create more than 200 jobs.

The study looked at jobs in power generation and manufacturing, building efficiency, public transportation and other sectors. It counted more than 78,600 jobs nationally at newly announced projects, projects under construction or job additions at existing projects. The report said 32,500 jobs were power-related, with solar power was the biggest in that sector with more than 21,600 jobs.

Texas was No. 1 nationally in new jobs in the fourth quarter, the report said, with about 3,286 jobs, including 1,400 in five different wind power projects. Texas is No. 1 in wind power capacity, with more than 11,000 megawatts.

It's the second year for the study, which listed more than 100,000 jobs in 2012. The decline could be related to a change in methodology, the group said. Environmental Entrepreneurs describes itself as a national group of business leaders who promote sound environmental policy and economic prosperity. Its web site is here.

-- Jim Fuquay



Texas ranks No. 7 for disclosures of state-paid jobs incentives

Texas does a better job than most other states when it comes to disclosing how its taxpayer-subsidized jobs programs work, says Good Jobs First, which bills itself as a non-partisan watchdog focusing on economic development efforts. In a report titled "Show Us the Subsidized Jobs," released Wednesday, the group said Texas has the seventh-best disclosure practices, although even the leader, Illinois, only scored a 65 on a scale of 100. Texas earned a 40 overall. The Texas Economic Development Act program received an 86, the highest for any state jobs program. That measure allows the state's independent school districts to offer property tax reductions to businesses. It was just extended another 10 years by the 2013 Legislature.

Four other Texas programs were rated: the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (score of 61); the Texas Enterprise Fund (53); Film Tax Credits (0) and Skills Development Fund (0). The Emerging Technology Fund and Enterprise Fund are the largest and are both run out of the governor's office. A link to the report is here.

-- Jim Fuquay


Thomson Reuters to close Fort Worth office

Thomson Reuters, a news and information services company, will close its downtown Fort Worth office in the spring, although it said "the vast majority" of the 308 affected employees will be offered positions in its Carrollton office or given the chance to work from home. Five will see their positions eliminated at the company's tax and accounting  unit, Reuters said in a notice to the Texas Workforce Commission. The anticipated closing date for the office in the Burnett Plaza building at 801 Cherry St. is about April 30, 2014. The company said about 62 of the affected workers are eligible for a severance package and can take it if they choose not to relocate.

Thomson Reuters moved into Burnett Plaza in 2000 when it consolidated two previous Fort Worth offices. It established a Fort Worth presence when it acquired Practitioners Publishing, which serves accountants.

-- Jim Fuquay


Arlington-built 2015 Cadillac Escalade makes debut

Cadillac unveiled its 2015 Escalade Monday night in New York, making it the last of General Motors' next generation of full-size sport utility vehicles to be introduced. The automaker previously debuted the 2015 Chevy Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon. All are built at GM's Arlington assembly plant, which is running three shifts, expanded its body shop and is nearing completion of a new stamping plant, investments that have meant about 1,500 new jobs at the big facility. Production of the 2015 models is set to begin next spring.

-- Jim Fuquay


Chase cutting 450 Fort Worth mortgage jobs

JPMorgan Chase will cut 450 mortgage servicing jobs at its CentrePortv facility in northeast Fort Worth as the need for personnel to handle foreclosures decreases, the bank said Wednesday. Chase spokesman Greg Hassell said another 25 jobs in other North Texas locations also will go. The cuts are a small percentage of the bank’s approximately 14,500 employees in North Texas, and Chase hopes to place some of the affected workers in the 340 current job openings in its North Texas operations, Hassell said.

Chase in February announced that it planned to cut 19,000 jobs companywide by the end of 2014, including 13,000 to 15,000 in mortgage-related positions. The local cuts are part of that, Hassell said Wednesday. He said affected workers will receive at least 90 days’ notice.

According to data from RealtyTrac, a real estate information service, U.S. foreclosures are at their lowest level since 2007, just before the financial crisis took hold. Also, mortgage refinancings have waned with the recent rise in interest rates, although mortgage rates remain historically low. Chase is the largest bank in Tarrant County and second-largest in the Metroplex by deposits. The bank and its predecessors have long operated a large operations facility at CentrePort, just south of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport that handles a variety of functions.

-- Jim Fuquay


Sam's Club starts hiring for new Mansfield store

Sam’s Club has set up a welcome center at the site of its new Mansfield store where it will take applications.

The store is scheduled to open this fall.

The store is at 1730 N. Highway 157, just off U.S. 287, near the Kindred Hospital.

Applicants can apply from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applicants also can apply online at careers.walmart.com.

Residents and business owners can also sign up for memberships at the welcome center.

The retailer is hiring about 175 full- and part-time employees for the store. Some of the available jobs include cashier, maintenance, and sales associates.

_ Sandra Baker


Texas jobs fall, but unemployment rate steady at 6.4 percent

Texas experienced a rare interruption in its recent record of employment growth last month, as the state's employers trimmed 4,100 nonagricultural jobs from a month earlier. The state's jobless rate, adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, remained unchanged at 6.4 percent, however, as the civilian labor force also contracted slightly. Manufacturing lost 6,200 wage-and-salary positions and the services category that includes wholesale and retail trade, transportation and utilities lost 10,300 jobs. Categories that gained jobs in March included construction, finance and leisure/hospitality. For the past year, Texas employers have added 329,500 jobs, or 3.1 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission said. The state jobless rate a year earlier was 7 percent.

In Fort Worth-Arlington, the unadjusted jobless rate was 6.1 percent, compared to the state's unadjusted rate of 6.3 percent. Metropolitan area statistics are not seasonally adjusted, while state and national figures typically are. Employers in Fort Worth-Arlington, which includes Tarrant, Johnson, Wise and Parker counties, added 1,500 jobs in March and are up 23,700 jobs in the past year. In March 2012 the local jobless rate was 6.8 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay 


FW Fortune 500 company looking to fill 1,000 jobs

In what is likely to be one of the largest single-day job fairs, Aerotek, a provider of recruiting and staffing services, is hosting a job fair Saturday to fill 1,000 contract manufacturing positions for a Fortune 500 company in Fort Worth.

That’s a ton of jobs, yet Aerotek is not naming the company.

"It’s up to the discretion of the company," said Heather Woolford, a public relations professional who works with Aerotek. And in this case, the company didn’t want their name out there, she said.

The way it works, the company contracts with Aerotek to fill the positions and those individuals become employees of Aerotek. Depending on the number of hours a week the position requires, fulltime employees can be eligible for benefits from Aerotek, she said.

The positions will be filled within a couple of weeks of the job fair and the contract right now will run indefinitely, Woodford said.

The job fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Holiday Inn, 4635 Gemini Place.

The positions include assembler 1 and 2 levels, material handler, forklift driver, test technician, test operator and quality inspector. The potential contractors also must be willing to work weekends and overtime, as needed.

Pre-registration is not required. Interviews will be conducted onsite. Candidates must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and have legal authorization to work in the U.S. Attendees should bring references, a resume and recent certification, relevant to the position applying for.

_ Sandra Baker


Texas jobless rate lowest in nearly four years

 The Texas unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October and the lowest since December 2008, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. The state's jobless rate was down more than a percentage point from 7.3 percent a year ago and remains well below the national rate of 7.7 percent.  Texas employers added 22,100 total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 278,800 jobs added over the year,  TWC said.

In Fort Worth-Arlington, the jobless rate improved even more, falling to 5.6 percent in November from 6.1 percent in October and 7 percent a year ago. Those local metro numbers are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, while the state numbers are. The comparable unadjusted jobless rate in November was 5.8 percent for Texas and 7.4 percent for the United States. The state's lowest jobless rates were 3 percent in Midland and 3.6 percent in nearby Odessa, in the middle of the Permian Basin oil boom. Brownville-Harlingen had the highest rate at 9.7 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay


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