Frequently Asked Questions is an interactive website hosted by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) that disseminates Texas labor market statistics, offering time series labor market data and provides inquiry capabilities for labor force, employment and unemployment estimates, industry and occupational projections, and occupational wage data. is the main conduit where the State’s unemployment rate is published. TWC is contractually obligated to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to publish the unemployment rate. fulfills this obligation. was developed and hosted by the Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) department of the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The data in is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), and the program areas within the TWC Labor Market Information department, using microdata from the BLS. Employer information is provided by Data Axle.

LAUS: Monthly
CES: Monthly
QCEW: Quarterly
Wages: Annually
Find Employers: Semiannually
Projections/Staffing Patterns: Every two years

The economic data is released to the public monthly. The release schedule can be downloaded at the homepage. was written over 15 years ago. While was fully functional, it did not provide the best user experience that technology now offers. provides the following improvements not found in

  • Improved navigation
  • Improved workflow
  • Full Section 508/WCAG 2.0 compliance
  • Easier access to economic data
  • An adaptive and responsive design for mobile devices

For technical information about the OEWS survey and OEWS estimates please visit,

The full Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) OEWS publication can be found here,

City data is not available before 2005 due to a new estimating methodology that was implemented at that time. This is considered a series break.

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