Trivia Answers

In follow-up to last week’s post, first let me thank everyone who attended the TWC Annual Conference and, particularly those who came by the booth. We’re fortunate to have a lot of friends and it’s always good to see them, but it’s also nice to meet new folks and get everyone’s perspective on how the system is working for them. We’ve come a long way but still have a long way to go.

And speaking of where started, here are the questions again along with the answers.

  1. What was the actual go-live (roll-out, soft launch, etc) date for Officially the site didn’t launch until June 15, but the actual go-live date was May 24, 2004.
  2. When did the “make-over” roll out? Technically it was January 19, 2012, but month and year is close enough.
  3. What are the four primary job matching criteria (elements)? Occupation; Experience; Education; and Location.  A number of other things factor in too, but those are the four cornerstones.
  4. When did JobCentral replace America’s Job Bank as the National Labor Exchange? July 1, 2007.  And again, month and year is close enough.
  5. What is the name of the (dot) jobs microsite for This still throws some for a loop, and if you’re one of those, read this.
  6. is Texas’ state labor exchange system as required by what? The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933.
  7. How many total Occupation/Experience/Education combinations can an employer have for one job posting? 50: Employers can have up to 10 different occupations, each with 5 different combinations of experience and education.
  8. How many different types of Browse Jobs options are there for job seekers? Seven: Text, Occ & Loc, State jobs, Occ, Loc, Job Type, and Hot Careers.
  9. How many Saved Searches can a job seeker have? Three.
  10. How many direct hires/placements have been made via since go-live? We accepted anything around 1.95 million, but technically as of today it’s 1,961,136. That’s a lot of hires!

Thanks for playing along.

3 thoughts on “Trivia Answers

  1. Gerry Fluharty December 6, 2012 / 8:32 pm

    There is one bit of trivia on WIT not included in your post.

    The Texas Workforce Commission Request for Offer (ROF) for an Automated Labor Exchange System project (RFO #2001-3439) bidder’s meeting was held on June 28, 2001, at the Texas Workforce Commission at 101 E. 15th Str, Room 316T, Austin, Tx. Bidders in attendance were IBM, BAE Systems, eVision, Deloitte Consulting, and Graphic Solutions. Staff from TWC and local WDA’s represented the Texas Workforce Commission. You can say that this was the birth of WorkInTexas.


  2. v bowlin April 29, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    Regarding unemployment help, why is it you are told to call 956.984.4700 there is NEVER anyone there except a recording which ALWAYS gives the same message before disconnection.. an apology for all the calls and they cannot get to you and please try your call later. Help & a phone connection does not exist. I need to be looking for work and not having to call you non stop for nothing.


  3. Scott Eychner May 1, 2013 / 12:29 am

    Thank you for the comment. We certainly don’t want you to not get the assistance you need, so as an alternative to calling, try submitting your question or request to us via our online form and we’ll call you back. If nothing else, it will limit your interaction with the phone system and hopefully make things a bit smoother for you.


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