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Top Manufacturing Trades in Demand: What's Attracting Your Texas Workforce?

December 10, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes job growth.

The Lone Star State has experienced annual employment growth for 27 consecutive months, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 3.8 percent in August.

Despite a nationwide struggle to find strong labor supply for advanced manufacturing, Texas boasts an available workforce, a steady economy, and an outlook for continued growth. Texas...

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Solving the Skilled Labor Shortage in Food Manufacturing

A talented workforce is crucial to the food manufacturing industry, but skilled labor supply is running low across the nation. As Industry 4.0 continues to grow, manufacturing will become increasingly reliant on “middle-skill” and “high-skill” jobs, ranging in education level from technical certifications to PhDs. Yet, experts predict a surplus of 95 million unskilled workers by 2020. This skilled labor shortage is what food manufacturers across the U.S. are citing as their most critical...

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Local Collaboration Is Key to Addressing “Skills Gap” Challenges

Beyond the traditional higher education programs, deep commitments to workforce development can be found not only at a state level in Texas but also at the local level.

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Internships a “Win-Win” for DFW Companies and Students

North Texas companies with operations dependent upon sophisticated skills will find that the region’s diverse array of schools produce students equipped with technical knowledge, workplace skills, and real-world experience.

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Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Closing the Skills Gap

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is changing lives one student at a time thanks to hands-on training designed to meet industry workforce demands.

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Texas’ Skills Development Fund Supports Tangible Training Solutions

It is no secret that North Texas is home to one of the fastest-growing metros in the nation.

In fact, from July 2015 to July 2016, Census Bureau figures revealed that the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex added 143,435 residents or roughly 400 people per day. Since then, Texas residents-to-be have continued to fuel this in-migration trend.

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The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Gap: What Are the Skills of the Future?

There has been a lot of discussion as to what the future holds for advanced manufacturing. The move to technology and automation in both assembly and production lines has created fears around job displacement and losses for manufacturers everywhere. The reality could not be further from this. In the U.K. alone, the addition of technology in manufacturing processes has added 3.5 million jobs compared to the 800,000 jobs displaced.

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5 of the Top Technical Training Programs Supporting DFW’s Automotive, Aviation & Manufacturing Companies

Texas is widely known as a top business destination for a variety of industries. And while cotton, cattle, and oil may historically come to mind, the versatile state has greatly diversified its economic base over the years.

Currently, Texas’ extensive business portfolio spans not only its flagship industries of petroleum refining and chemical products, but also advanced technology and manufacturing, automotive, aviation and aerospace, biotechnology, information technology, energy, and more.

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The Industrial Internet of Things and the Future of Manufacturing

Over the past couple of decades the internet has changed the way we work and live, revolutionizing and disrupting just about every industry from retail to healthcare. Productivity has increased as costs have decreased, all while providing better products and services to consumers. Yet for all it’s impact, one of the industries that has seen great changes and improvements from the rise of the internet has been one people tend not to expect — manufacturing.

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Selecting a Prime Location: The Importance of a Strong Workforce

January 20, 2017 by Midlothian Economic Development

As a site selector, there’s a plethora of factors that play into choosing a location for your business. Each holds heavy importance to the decision making process. However, breaking down the key factors helps site selectors make informed decisions that benefit the business in the long run. For instance, access to a skilled workforce can make or break a location.

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