San Antonio is celebrating Workforce Development Week and highlighting funded programs and initiatives that are affecting our economy and helping businesses grow. Led by Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA), as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Workforce Development Council (WDC), the goal of Workforce Development Week is to celebrate those initiatives and programs that connect job seekers and employers.
“Our goal is to assist job seekers and employers who can benefit from access to our services,” Executive Director of WSA Gail Hathaway says. “Workforce development is an economic program that, in the process of helping businesses grow, can affect the greater welfare of society.”
Examples of workforce development initiatives in our region include Workforce Education and Literacy Integration Events, Youth Career Fairs and expansion of employer-based Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) sites and services.
Currently, there are only 43,000 unemployed individuals in the greater Alamo region with 1.2 million people making up the entire labor force. The unemployment rate for the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan area is a low 5.7%.
More than 24,000 residents visited a Workforce Solutions Alamo Career Center last month to use the services WSA provides such as instructional workshops, job fairs, GED classes, adult literacy programs, employer meetings and more. In addition, WSA reaches 40,000 plus businesses and over 2.0 million people in San Antonio.