June 5, 2018


House Committee Addresses Harvey And The Workforce


AUSTIN - State Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) encourages the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development to continue to make strides towards economic and workforce recovery after Hurricane Harvey.


"We need skilled workers and we need them now," remarked Guillen. "Texas was hit hard by Harvey and we already need a larger workforce in order to recover. If we continue to support programs like career training, we can work together and rebuild and grow this Texas economy."


Before Hurricane Harvey, Texas was already facing shortages in the labor markets for construction and skilled trades jobs. After Harvey, an estimated 200,000 homes were damaged and construction companies are overwhelmed with rebuilding due to the limited workforce. The House committee met last month to begin addressing these issues, and Guillen is hopeful that the legislature will address these and other economic concerns in the upcoming 86th Legislature to make sure that Texans fill these many openings in the construction and skilled trade workforce.


Guillen recognizes the crucial role a strong economy plays in the livelihood of South Texans, so he has worked hard to pass legislation to improve the business climate in Texas. In the last few years, Guillen has cut the state business tax, cut burdensome regulations and red tape, expanded financial assistance to rural small businesses, and created the Emerging Technology Fund to help ensure that Texas is able to attract high-tech jobs to the state. Since 2003, District 31's unemployment rate has decreased from 9.6% to 6.3%, and average yearly wages have gone up by 8%.


"A strong economy and business climate is crucial to the economic prosperity of South Texans, I want to ensure that the economy is thriving and that our businesses have the resources they need to succeed," said Guillen.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and