unemployment http://tpr.org en Senate Committee Looks At Rising Veteran Unemployment Rate http://tpr.org/post/senate-committee-looks-rising-veteran-unemployment-rate <p>According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for Texas veterans is on the rise. In 2012 the unemployment rate for Texas vets was 8.3 percent, but that number has risen in 2013 to 8.7 percent, the national average is at 9 percent.</p><p>The Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations is focusing on what state agencies can do to improve these rates.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:13:20 +0000 Ryan Poppe 30115 at http://tpr.org The Source: Being Blind In America http://tpr.org/post/source-being-blind-america <p>Blindness affects millions of Americans, but is still an uncommon disability. Stephen Kuusisto was born with retinas that weren't fully developed and were damaged further by an overly oxygenated&nbsp;incubator. He underwent several surgeries as a child but was never able to gain much sight, describing his vision as "like looking at a Jackson Pollock&nbsp;painting."</p><p>Now a celebrated author, poet, and professor of disability studies, he teaches the awareness he hoped to achieve in his two memoirs, "Planet of the Blind" and "Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening."&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:33:12 +0000 Paul Flahive 29757 at http://tpr.org The Source: Being Blind In America The Source: Robots And Your Job http://tpr.org/post/source-robots-and-your-job <p>250 years ago the world was turned upside down by the industrial revolution. Many are saying that a new industrial revolution, a robotic revolution, is already upon us.</p><p>Bill Gates of the American Enterprise Institute predicts that in 20 years there will be a completely different employment landscape in the country and that the demand for labor will be much less, especially in low-skill jobs.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:30:16 +0000 Paul Flahive 28879 at http://tpr.org The Source: Robots And Your Job The Source: The Breakdown Employing Youth http://tpr.org/post/source-breakdown-employing-youth <p>The last decade was a disaster in terms of American employment. The people that have suffered the most though are a group of people not often considered -- the nation's youth. Basic job skills, employment socialization and other skills are all having to be learned later in life because the ability for a young adult to get a job has <a href="http://www.northeastern.edu/clms/wp-content/uploads/JAG-School-to-Work-Transition-Policy-Brief-1.pdf" target="_blank">fallen off a cliff</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:35:15 +0000 Paul Flahive 28605 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Breakdown Employing Youth Dress For Success Needs Donations Of Suits And Business Attire http://tpr.org/post/dress-success-needs-donations-suits-and-business-attire <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A local organization is asking for donations of clothing this month to help men and women find jobs.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dress for Success and Career Gear San Antonio are asking for donations of suits and business attire that can be worn for job interviews. Dress for Success San Antonio was founded to offer economic, social, and professional services to help women get back on their feet. It provides computer classes, help with resume preparation, financial planning education and clothing for getting back to work.</span></p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 15:36:45 +0000 Eileen Pace 25499 at http://tpr.org Dress For Success Needs Donations Of Suits And Business Attire Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits http://tpr.org/post/congressman-castro-calls-lawmakers-reinstate-unemployment-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.</span></p><p>Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:51:26 +0000 Ryan Poppe 24298 at http://tpr.org Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits House Democrats Successfully Kill Welfare Drug Testing Bill http://tpr.org/post/house-democrats-successfully-kill-welfare-drug-testing-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Democrats were able to stall a vote on a bill that would have mandated welfare recipients be drug screened before receiving benefits, an action that ultimately killed the bill entirely. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill would have required anyone applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to be screened for illicit drug use and it immediately struck a chord with House Democrats like Rep. Sylvester Turner of Houston.</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:03:22 +0000 Ryan Poppe 11818 at http://tpr.org House Democrats Successfully Kill Welfare Drug Testing Bill President Obama Touches Down In Texas http://tpr.org/post/president-obama-touches-down-texas <p>Texas Matters: President Obama visited Austin on Thursday to promote his jobs and middle class growth strategy. Also on this show: Latino unemployment in Texas, the Boquillas border crossing opens in Big Bend and the last night to pass bills out of the Texas House.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 19:24:08 +0000 David Martin Davies 11259 at http://tpr.org President Obama Touches Down In Texas Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas http://tpr.org/post/latinos-may-need-more-miracle-prosper-texas <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kut/audio/2013/05/Zaragovia_Hispanic_Unemployment_MIX.mp3" class="asset-audio">Story as it aired on KUT 90.5 FM</a><p>President Obama brought a message of economic recovery when <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/presidents-austin-jobs-tour" target="_blank">he visited Austin</a> yesterday, the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/manor-new-tech-example-nation-obama-says-photos" target="_blank">first stop</a> in his “<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/08/president-obama-headed-austin-heres-why" target="_blank">Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour</a>.” Latinos in the U.S., however, are trailing behind the national average in unemployment. So how are&#160;they’re doing when it comes to finding work in the home of the “Texas miracle?"<p> Fri, 10 May 2013 14:08:50 +0000 editor 11132 at http://tpr.org Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas Senate Ends Week Passing Unemployment Drug Testing Bill http://tpr.org/post/senate-ends-week-passing-unemployment-drug-testing-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Similar to the bill mandating welfare recipients be screened for drugs, this bill mandates that Texans receiving unemployment benefits also be drug-tested.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members/dist4/dist4.htm" target="_blank">Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands</a>, authored the bill that would force all unemployment applicants to go through a drug-screening process with a counselor from the Texas Workforce Commission.</span></p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 15:04:09 +0000 Ryan Poppe 9523 at http://tpr.org Senate Ends Week Passing Unemployment Drug Testing Bill