TEXAS’ UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FALLS TO RECORD LOW
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent in August 2018 and setting a new record for the lowest unemployment rate recorded in four decades. The Texas economy added 15,600 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in September. Annual employment growth for Texas was 3.3 percent in September, marking 27 consecutive months of annual growth.
DISTRICT CLERK LAUNCHES AUTOMATED JURY REMINDER SYSTEM
Harris County District Clerk Chris Daniel recently announced the launch of electronic jury service reminders by the Harris County District Clerk’s Office. The service allows those summoned for jury service to register to receive a reminder of their jury service on the day prior to their date of service by e-mail, text or both. The system will also alert jurors of weather or other related events that would affect jury services. Potential jurors register for the reminder service by visiting the Web address included on the jury summons and then opting in for the reminder by entering their e-mail address, cell phone number, or both. Once the reminder service registration has been submitted, the potential juror will receive a confirmation e-mail of their successful registration.
SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICT PUBLIC INFORMATION DATABASE NOW AVAILABLE
On Sept. 1, the Comptroller’s Data Analysis and Transparency Division (DAT) launched the Special Purpose District Public Information Database (SPDPID). The database contains self-reported financial and tax information from various special purpose districts throughout the state, such as hospital districts, municipal utility districts, improvement districts, development districts, management districts, housing authorities and drainage districts. The database will be continually updated, providing a convenient portal to find the financial information of the vast majority of the state’s SPDs. Users can visit the comptroller’s SPDPID to view individual entity reports or easily download the entire database for their own analysis. All transparency resources can be accessed at the comptroller’s office by visiting comptroller.texas.gov/transparency.