JobBRIEF May 2014 ι Vol. 5 Issue 5
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
NEWS LINKS & INFORMATION
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SETWORKS Labor Market Information
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SETWORKS.ORG - Redesigned for YOU!

We have completed Phase 1 of our web-site resign and launched the updated site on May 12, 2014. As with everything we do, it is important that our customers - business and industry leaders, human resources professionals, job seekers, youth, parents, counselors and educators – have access to information that can help find solutions for jobs, careers, and other workforce needs. With a simple click from the home page of setworks.org, businesses can get direct access to no-cost training opportunities, such as Skills for Small Business, to upgrade the skills of their employees. Among other website options, working parents can get answers regarding child care assistance including which local facilities have the “Texas Rising Star” accreditation from the state.

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Prove It! Assessments Helps Employers Gauge Skill Levels

Office Skills competency for administrative and even some field occupations is required in all industries including local oil and gas manufacturers. Valero Port Arthur Refinery, which process crude oil, recently utilized Prove It! office assessments to gauge administrative candidate’s skill levels in Microsoft© WORD processing and EXCEL spreadsheet software applications.

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Three Things You Need to Know

1. Texas Association of Workforce Boards (TAWB) published “Aligning education to meet the needs of Texas Employers”

2. Employers – your job openings can be listed in our job-matching system at NO COST.

3. Our Orange Workforce Center is moving!

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Conn’s: In the “Center” of Expansion and Hiring
Texas remains the #1 state for business location and expansion and this positive trend impacts companies in Southeast Texas, too. Conn’s, one of the nation’s leading retailers for home appliances and furniture, announced plans to open several new locations in 2014.

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Latest Labor Market Stats

“Robust” is the word used by Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar to describe the Texas economy and the 5.2 percent unemployment rate for April 2014, which is the lowest since 2008.

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