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THR's Hawthorne named to Texas Business Hall of Fame

Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Arlington-based Texas Health Resources, will be among the 2014 inductees into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Hawthorne has headed THR since 1997, when it was created by the merger of Fort Worth-based Harris Methodist Health System and Dallas-based Presbyterian Healthcare Resources, which Hawthorne led at the time. At the time THR had 16 acute-care hospitals and $1.8 billion in assets. Today THR has 17 acute-care hospitals, eight other inpatient hospitals and $6.1 billion in assets. The Business Hall of Fame called it "one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States." In January Hawthorne announced that he intended to retire by year's end.

Other inductees are formerly Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans, Dallas banker Gerald J. Ford, Dallas oilman Trevor Rees-Jones, Dallas pipeline executive Kelcy Warren and the late Harold Simmons, a Dallas investors who died in 2013. The induction ceremony is set for Nov. 5 in Dallas. 

-- 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


Job fair in Arlington on Sept. 27

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Texas unemployment dips to 7.3 percent

Texas employers added 67,200 nonfarm payroll jobs in January and the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in January, down from 7.4 percent in December and down from 8.1 percent a year earlier. It's the state's lowest jobless rate since April 2009 and compares to the U.S. jobless rate of 8.3 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission said the state has added jobs 21 straight months when compared to the same month the previous year, and payroll jobs are up 258,200 in the past year. Private employers added 73,800 jobs in January, or 332,600 in the past year. TWC Chairman Tom Pauken noted that mining and logging, the category that includes oil and gas, added more than 38,000 jobs in the past year, including 5,700 in January, as crude oil prices have surged.

Nine of the 11 major industry groups added jobs in January, led by professional and business services, which added 18,100 jobs over the month and is up 69,500 jobs in the past year, or 5.3 percent, TWC said today. The report was released later than normal and coincided with the release of the U.S. jobless date for February, which showed the national unemployment rate unchanged at 8.3 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay


Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For

Fortune is out with its annual ranking of top workplaces. We know this, because companies that land on it are letting us know. Here's a link to the complete list and a sampling of some of the DFW-area employers on it:

Edward Jones, No. 5, up from No. 11. Fortune: "With some 11,000 offices across the country, the investment firm escaped the recession with nary a layoff. Says managing partner Jim Weddle: 'It's a great time not to be a bank - or to be owned by one'."
Chesapeake Energy, No. 18, up from No. 32. Fortune, referring to the company's Oklahoma City HQ: "A sleek new 63,000-square-foot child-care center that's big enough for 300 children is the largest such facility in the state -- and the latest addition to the natural-gas producer's perk-filled headquarters."
The Container Store, No. 22, down from No. 21. Fortune: "Employees here heap praise on management for avoiding layoffs during the recession and for an attentiveness to well-being that includes handing out cold water at distribution centers during the summer months."
Devon Energy, No. 28, up from No. 41: Fortune, referring to the company's new Oklahoma City HQ: "In March the company will move into a new 50-story tower, the tallest building in the state. When planning the new building, management incorporated employee requests, including a coffee shop and a dry cleaner."
Whole Foods Market, No. 32, down from No. 24. Fortune: "Occupy protesters might look kindly at the nation's biggest natural-foods grocer, since it caps salaries of executives at 19 times the average full-time salary. Co-founder John Mackey's 2006 pay reduction to $1 a year is still in effect."


Fort Worth direct marketing facility to close

DGI Services will close its Fort Worth facility on North Riverside Drive as part of an overall shutdown of the New Jersey-based direct marketing company. In a filing with the Texas workforce Commission, the company cited "industrial sabotage" at its headquarters for the loss of equipment and data, "as well as our recent loss of clients" as the reasons for its sudden closing. DGI did not disclose how many people work at the Fort Worth facility, but nearly 600 jobs are affected companywide.

-- Jim Fuquay 


Texas workplace fatalities down in 2010

Texas workplace fatalities numbered 456 last year, down from 482 the prior year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

Highway incidents were the most frequest kind of workplace fatality, accounting for 134 deaths, higher than the 106 recorded in 2009, "but comparable to levels recorded from 2005 to 2008."

Work-related homicides declined to 48 in 2010, down from 69.

Fifty-six percent of those who died from a workplace injury were white non-Hispanics, compared to 72 percent nationally, the BLS said.

Transportation and material moving occupations had the highest number of workplace fatalities in Texas at 140. Construction and extraction workers had the second highest fatality count, 98.

- Scott Nishimura


Obama to Taiwan: No new F-16s

This just posted at our Sky Talk blog. Reports out of Washington today say that President Obama, as expected, has decided Taiwan cannot order Fort Worth built F-16 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin. About 2,000 Lockheed workers build F-16s, as well as hundreds more at local suppliers.

- Bob Cox


Lear Corp. expected to move work to Mexico

Workers at the Lear Corp. plant in Arlington say the company is making preparations to move more work to a facility in Mexico.

The long anticipated move by the company is expected to transfer now done by 36 Arlington plant employees who assemble build seat frames for sport utility vehicles built by the General Motors Arlington truck assembly plant.

Lear officials told leaders of UAW Local 129 as far back as May they were considering moving more of the plant’s work to facilities in Mexico. UAW officials say the company has been unwilling to discuss their reasons with the union or explore ways to change the plant’s costs so that the work isn’t shifted elsewhere.

A Lear spokesman at the company’s Southfield, Mich. headquarters declined to discuss matters in Arlington. “We’re managing a global work force and we don’t talk about things on a plant-by-plant basis,” said Mel Stephens.

The company has also been unwilling to meet with Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, who said the city would be willing to discuss ways to keep the work at the local plant.

- Bob Cox



Whitley Penn promotes two women to partner

Whitley Penn 3 Here's our print story from Dec. 27 on the promotion of two CPA/attorneys -- both women -- to partner at Whitley Penn in Fort Worth.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram


(Photo: Emilia D'Mello and Autumn Kraus)


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