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MCALLEN, RGV – If Reynosa and Matamoros are included, the South Texas-Northern Tamaulipas border region has more than 200,000 workers in the manufacturing sector.

But, if Tamaulipas is excluded and the focus is only the Rio Grande Valley the number shrinks to around 13,000. Not that big a figure but the number is increasing, reports Mike Willis, executive director of South Texas Manufacturers Association.

Willis provides reports on the labor market for Workforce Solutions. In his report for April 2018, Willis reported:

“In the McAllen and Brownsville MSAs, the Manufacturing sector has very quietly added a total of 1,000 new jobs in the past year- an annual growth rate of 9.3 percent,” Willis said.

For the full report: https://riograndeguardian.com/number-of-manufacturing-workers-in-rgv-surges/

The Rio Grande Valley has seen a steady decrease in the unemployment rate throughout the past 12 months.

The cities of Mission, McAllen and Edinburg are at the top of the list, with the most employed residents in the Valley, according to Texas Workforce Solutions.

"McAllen is currently at 4.9; They're tied with Edinburg for first and Mission is third with a 6 percent unemployment rate," said Mike Gonzalez with the Texas Workforce Solutions. "All three have dropped." 

With McAllen and Edinburg tied for the city with the least unemployed people, officials say it's because of their unique economic plan.

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PHARR, RGV – Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley teamed up with various organizations to provide a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) camp for elementary and middle school-aged children.

About 450 kids from local Texas Rising Star-accredited childcare facilities traveled to the Pharr Events Center to engage in STEAM-related activities and learn about different careers in these fields.

“The earlier you start kids thinking about science, technology, engineering, math and arts, the better, I think, they’ll be able to make decisions moving forward,” said WSLRGV CEO Francisco Almaraz.

“Historically when STEM first started it was just science, technology, engineering and math, but … a lot of educators really brought the idea that we needed arts also included. And, with arts you also learn a lot of others skills that are maybe not necessarily in the science area, but thinking – critical thinking – and being innovative … that really helps out in the long run.”

For the full report: https://riograndeguardian.com/news-in-pictures-workforce-solutions-hosts-steam-camp/