Show Me the Money

Lisa Bogany

Employers have a great opportunity to put Texans back to work and receive some financial relief. The Texas Back to Work subsidy offers employers up to $2000 for hiring an eligible candidate.

This incentive program is designed to encourage employers to hire unemployed workers and encourage employee retention. Employers have the ability to select prescreened qualified individuals, hire prospective employees at their discretion, save on labor costs, and train employees to meet their individual business needs.

How do employers qualify? Any employer who fills a 30 hour per week permanent position that pays at least minimum wage with a Texas Back to Work candidate qualifies for the subsidy.

Who is a Texas Back to Work candidate? A Texas Back to Work candidate is an individual who has been identified by the Texas Workforce Commission as eligible based on their unemployment insurance benefits status. These candidates are identified in the database.

How do I find a Texas Back to Work candidate? Contact the Workforce Solutions – Employer Services division and post your open position on the website. A Texas Back to Work Fulfillment Specialist will be assigned to your posting to help you fill it with the best qualified Texas Back to Work candidate.

How do I get paid? Employers will be contacted every 30 days to verify that the Texas Back to Work candidate is still employed and working at least 30 hours per week. After 120 days of employment, employers will receive the subsidy.

Where do I sign up? Employers may contact a Business Consultant in one of our local career offices or contact the Employer Services Division directly at 713-688-6890.

Texas has the privilege of having an affordable cost of living and lower unemployment rate than many other states in the U.S. Why not take advantage of this great incentive for doing business in Texas? Let Workforce Solutions “Show You the Money.”

Lisa Bogany is a Senior Business Consultant for Workforce Solutions in the Houston metropolitan area. She has over five years of experience in workforce development, primarily working with employers, and over 10 years experience in small business entrepreneurship.

3 Responses to “Show Me the Money”

  1. 1 Blogforce April 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

    TBTW candidate eligibility is determined by the Texas Workforce Commission. Eligibility is determined at the time a jobseeker becomes unemployed and applies for unemployment insurance. If eligible, TWC adds your TBTW qualification to your profile when you register in You can check with your local career office to see if your profile indicates that you are a Texas Back to Work candidate. You can find your local career office. Regardless of your TBTW eligibility, I encourage you to log on to to search for current employers who are looking for candidates with your skills.

  2. 2 jose March 29, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    This post is not clear about how to become and elegible candidate nor how the gets you the details; please explain.

  3. 3 Linda Johnson March 26, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Great Job.

    Linda Johnson

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