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Thursday, February 17, 2011
  Teaching Jobs Affected By Public Education Changes
Many Houston teaching jobs and San Antonio teaching jobs (Click here) could be affected by the changing landscape of public education in Texas.

State officials are working to make higher education throughout Texas more affordable, accessible, and accountable. In particular, officials are asking all public universities to freeze tuition rates in order to make college more appealing.

The plan calls for universities to freeze their tuition for four years at the level a student pays during their freshmen year. This would make it easier for more students to afford college and for families to better financially prepare for the future.

"Today, I'm challenging our institutions of higher education to develop bachelor's degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks," Gov. Rick Perry said during his recent State of the State address.

Other education-related ideas outlined in the speech include:
"As leaders, we must continue to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars and truly reform our approach to governance," Perry said. "Our discussions about streamlining state government must be followed by a willingness to act, including consolidating or suspending non-mission-critical entities until the economy improves."

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011
  Colorado Jobs Created by Ice Cream Company
A popular ice cream maker is creating more Colorado jobs (Click here).

Blue Bell Ice Cream recently announced its plans to open a new distribution center in Englewood, a nearby suburb of Denver. The 15,000-square-foot center will include a warehouse, office space, and cold storage facilities.

The new distribution center will initially create 15 to 20 jobs, with the possibility of adding more positions in the future. Positions are currently available for driver salesmen, merchandisers, territory managers, and office staff.

Blue Bell plans to open the distribution center this spring or summer. In the meantime, the company plans to operate from a temporarily-leased space in Henderson, another nearby suburb. The Texas-based company sells ice cream in 20 different states and is ranked as the third-best selling ice cream brand in the nation.

Not only will the ice cream company create jobs directly, but many Denver restaurant jobs will be supported as well. Locally, Blue Bell ice cream will be sold at King Soopers, Walmart, Walgreen's, Alberton's, Sunflower Market, Russell Stover, and other local stores.

All of this is good news for the local economy. During December, the Denver area's unemployment rate remained at 8.7 percent for the second month in a row, after increasing from 8.2 percent during November.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area employed about 1,195,800 workers during December, which is up from 1,195,700 workers during November and a .7 percent increase from last year.

To celebrate the opening of the new distribution center near Denver, Blue Bell has created a new ice cream flavor, dubbed "Rocky Mountain Road." The new flavor will be sold in a special designer container meant to honor Colorado.


Monday, February 7, 2011
  Dallas Jobs Outlook Still Mixed, Should Improve This Year
Although most people think Dallas jobs are still hard to come by, more Dallas work will be created this year as the economy improves and companies pick up hiring.

The Q4 2010 survey from Capital One Bank found that 57 percent of Texas consumers and businesses think jobs are hard or almost impossible to find, while only 37 percent of respondents think jobs are easy to find or can be found with effort.

Although the majority of respondents still think it's difficult to find work, that number has slightly decreased from Q3 2010, when 58 percent of consumers and businesses said jobs were hard or almost impossible to find.

On the up side, the majority of businesses think the economy in Texas is continuing to improve, with 52 percent of survey respondents having a positive outlook. Another 42 percent of businesses think the economy is stable and only 6 percent think the economy is getting worse.

That positive outlook could be contributed to the fact that 53 percent of large businesses and 38 percent of small businesses reported being in a better financial situation than they were during the previous year. Another plus - the improving economy and better financial situation will mean more hiring for many businesses.

The survey found that 40 percent of large businesses and 37 percent of small businesses are planning to hire more workers during the next six months, while another 29 percent of large businesses are planning to spend more money on development and investments.


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