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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


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


Texas unemployment rate drops to 6.6 percent

Texas’ unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in October from 6.8 percent the previous month, as six of the state’s 11 major industries reported gains, led by education and health. Employers added 36,600 payroll jobs in the month and have added 269,000 jobs in the past year, which has seen all but one of the state’s major industries add positions, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. The annual gain amounts to 3 percent, well over the U.S. rate of 1.8 percent in the same time, and the state’s jobless rate is well below the national rate of 7.9 percent. The category that includes education and health jobs added 13,700 jobs in October, the largest monthly gain ever, TWC said. The category is up 43,000 jobs over the past year.

In Fort Worth-Arlington, employers added 4,600 new positions in October. The area’s unemployment rate was 6.1 percent, which is unadjusted for seasonal variations. It compares to the state’s unadjusted rate of 6.3 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay


GE has begun hiring and training workers for new manufacturing plants

GE Manufacturing Solutions has begun hiring and training employees for its new mining equipment and locomotive manufacturing operations in far north Fort Worth.

GE officials said Monday they have already hired and trained a handful of manufacturing workers to build electric-drive wheel systems for huge off-road vehicles used in mining.

Many more must be hired and trained before the locomotive manufacturing plant can begin operations in the fourth quarter.

“This has been a very challenging timetable to get a facility” set up and running, said Walter Amaya, the executive overseeing preparations for the two plants.

The Texas Workforce Commission presented a $744,845 check to Tarrant County College to fund job training for 275 GE workers. Training will be provided at TCC’s South campus and at the North Central Texas College welding training lab in Gainesville.

Once trained GE workers starting pay will be $17 an hour. Applications for positions at the two GE plants can only be submitted online at: www.getjobsintexas.com

-Bob Cox



Texas adds 13,200 jobs in April, Workforce Commission reports

Texas added 13,200 jobs in April, and the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent, down from 7 percent in March and 8 percent a year ago, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

Compared to a year ago, Texas is up 225,000 jobs, the commission said.

“The Texas economy continues to add jobs, with 10 of 11 major industries growing over the past year,” Andres Alcantar, the commission chairman, said. “The continued growth across industries is positive.”

Texas’ private sector employers added 12,200 jobs over March and were up 277,100 jobs from a year ago, the commission said.

Construction led, with an increase of 7,300 jobs and was up 14,100 jobs from a year ago. Trade, transportation and utilities was up 2,900 in April and was up 42,300 from a year ago.

Mining and logging added 400 jobs in April and was up 33,900 from a year ago.

Manufacturing was up 6,300 jobs in April and 25,400 from a year earlier.

Information was up 800 jobs in April and 2,100 from a year earlier.

Financial activities was down 1,900 jobs in April and was up 13,800 from a year ago.

Professional and business services was off 2,600 jobs in April, but was up 39,500 from a year ago.

Education and health services was up 2,500 jobs for April and 49,100 from a year ago.

Leisure and hospitality was of 4,300 jobs in April, but up 42,600 from a year ago.

Other services added 800 jobs in April, and were up 14,300 from a year ago.

Government, which includes public schools, added 1,000 jobs in April, but was off 51,300 jobs from a year ago.

The Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent in April from 7.5 percent a year ago.

- Scott Nishimura


Texas, Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rates drop in March, Workforce Commission says

Texas added 10,900 jobs in March, the Texas Workforce Commission says this morning. Click here to read the st0ry at star-telegram.com.

- Scott Nishimura



Texas jobless rate drops to 7.1 percent in February

Texas added 27,900 jobs in February and the state’s unemployment dropped to 7.1 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier and 8 percent a year ago, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

Private employers added 15,100 jobs of the total, the commission said.

Over the last year, Texas added 273,900 jobs, the commission said.

"Texas’ job growth over the past year points to a steady and sustained expansion of our state’s economy," Tom Pauken, the Workforce Commission chairman, said in a release. "Texas has experienced positive annual job growth for the last 22 months, and that’s because Texas continues to be a great place to work and do business."

Eight of 11 major industry segments were up from a month earlier.

  •  Manufacturing was up 800 jobs over the month, and up 24,400 from a year ago.
  • Construction was up 4,500 jobs for the month and 8,100 from a year ago.
  • Trade, transportation and utilities was up 8,300 jobs from a month ago, and 68,300 from a year earlier.
  • Education and health services was up 3,800 jobs from a month ago, and up 49,500 jobs from a year earlier.
  • Financial activities was up 1,700 jobs from a montha go, and 16,000 from a year earlier.
  • Other services was up 1,300 jobs from a month ago, and 18,900 from a year earlier.
  • Government was up 12,800 from a month ago, and down 57,900 from a year earlier.
  • Information was up 800 jobs from a month ago, and down 1,800 from a year earlier.
  • Mining and logging was down 900 jobs from a month ago, and up 36,600 from a year ago.
  • Professional and business services was down 3,000 jobs from a month ago, and up 57,700 from a year earlier.
  • Leisure and hospitality was down 2,200 jobs from a month ago, and up 54,100 from a year earlier. 

Fort Worth-Arlington added 26,000 jobs from a year earlier, and the jobless rate was 7 percent in February, down from 8 percent a year earlier. - Scott Nishimura


Fort Worth-Arlington's jobs numbers in for 2011

Here's how major industry segments stacked up in job creation last year, according to the Texas Workforce Commission:

In the four-county Tarrant-Johnson-Parker-Wise area:

Mining, logging and construction added 2,100 jobs for the year to 55,200.

Manufacturing added 2,000 for 87,900.

Trade, transportation, and utilities added 6,600 to 210,300.

Information lost 800 to 12,900.

Financial activities gained 2,200 to 53,500.

Professional and business services added 3,500 to 95,400.

Education and health services, which includes private schools but not public schools, lost 1,400 to 107,100.

Leisure and hospitality gained 5,100 to 94,700.

Other services added 200 200 to 31,500.

Government, which includes public schools, lost 5,300 to 121,100.

Fort Worth-Arlington's jobless rate was 7 percent in December, compared to 7.9 percent a year earlier. An estimated 75,700 were unemployed.

_ Scott Nishimura

Texas sees third straight monthly drop in jobless rate

Texas added 20,200 nonfarm jobs in December and was up 204,500 for the year, and the state’s jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent in December, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The jobless rate compared to 8.1 percent in November and 8.3 percent in December 2010, the commission said.

The state’s civilian labor force also grew, by more than 17,000 people in December, and now stands at more than 12.3 million, the commission said.

Texas’ private employers added 10,100 jobs in December, and were up 260,000 over the year. It was the straight monthly decline in the jobless rate.

“Texas continues to see signs of improvement in the labor market,” Tom Pauken, the Workforce Commission chairman, said in a release.

Eight of 11 major industries added jobs in December, the commission said.

Leisure and hospitality added 4,100 jobs, and was up 41,200 for the year.

Manufacturing added 2,200 jobs and was up 25,200 jobs over the year.

Mining and logging added 2,000 jobs, and was up 40,700 jobs over the year. Mining and logging’s growth is highest among all the major industries, the commission said.

Financial activities added 2,100 jobs in December, and was up 18,000 jobs over the year.

Services added 1,600 jobs in December and was up 53,100 jobs over the year.

Fort Worth-Arlington’s jobless rate was 7 percent in December, down from 7.9 percent a year earlier.


Roanoke warehouse to lay off 130

DSC Logistics has notified the Texas Workforce Commission that it plans to lay off about 130 people permanently from the workforce at its Roanoke warehouse at 300 Gateway Parkway. Layoffs will begin in early March.

In an emailed statement to the Star-Telegram on Tuesday the Des Plaines, Ill.-based warehouse and staging company said that the primary customer for the Roanoke facility, Kimberly Clark Healthcare Division, had reconfigured its distribution network.

The company lists a total of 156 employees at Roanoke. WARN notices of the impending layoffs were issued to employees last week.

The company said in its statement that it "highly values every employee" of the Roanoke facility "and will make every effort to place these employees at other DSC locations in the area. DSC manages and operates logistics centers for all three Kimberly-Clark divisions (Health Care, Consumer and Professional) in the DFW Metroplex, and DSC's strategic partnerships with Kimberly-Clark's Consumer and Professional divisions are not affected by this decision."

On its website the DSC lists among its customers major retailers such as Kohl's, food manufacturers such as Kellogg and even manufacturers such as Whirlpool. 

- Bob Cox


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