Skilled Workforce



“Texas boasts an incredibly skilled workforce ready to attract enterprise to the Lone Star State.”
- Texas Workforce Commission
  • 13 million civilian labor force
  • 2.1 million net new jobs added in the last decade (October 2004- October 2014)
  • 50 community college districts
  • 36 public universities (including 6 state university systems)
  • $48 million skills development fund

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).