JobBRIEF November 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 11
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Baptist Hospitals is 2015 Local Employer of Excellence for Southeast

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Beaumont received the 2015 Local Employer of Excellence Award at the 19th Annual Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Conference, held in Dallas, Texas, November 18, 2015. Baptists' Human Resource Manager, April Keith, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. Baptist, providing healthcare to residents of Southeast Texas and surrounding areas since 1949, is the only facility between Houston and New Orleans to offer inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency care programs. It was the expansion of the hospital's Behavioral Center that created the partnership with workforce development to recruit, and, through an employer incentive program, train Technicians to assist the physicians, nurses and social workers to better respond to the needs of the patients.

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2015 Southeast Wins Performance Awards

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), through legislation, sets program performance standards and targets for each of the 28 workforce boards in the state. Boards are divided into groups, large, medium, and small, based on the amount of funding allocation received, the local economy and demographic conditions. Boards are required to meet fiscal standards, meet minimum levels of performance, and comply with regulations for administration of grants. Southeast Texas is considered a medium-sized board along with six (6) other boards in this category. Performance targets are tracked monthly by TWC. Southeast Texas continually works with its contractor to manage positive results and produce high performance achievement. At the end of the contract year, TWC collects all performance activity and ranks boards accordingly. The top performing Board in each category is selected to receive award recognition.

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Employers Turnout to Support Veterans Job Fair

Southeast Texas employers turned out to support Veterans during the 4th Annual Hiring red, White and You! Veterans Job Fair. This year, the event was held at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur, Thursday, November 12, 2015. Channel 6 reported James Ware, was at the event starting around 6:50 am in the morning and gave media updates while employers were setting up their booths.

The sixty three (63) participating businesses represented a range of diverse industries and included four (4) service agencies and six (6) education and training entities. Survey data indicated a high number of Veterans attending the Job Fair did meet the general qualifications for many employer's job openings. Employers also interviewed many candidates at the Job Fair or indicated they would be interviewing and hiring attending Veterans and other job seekers in the near future. Of the 199 job seekers in attendance at the Veterans Job Fair, 123 were military veterans and 76 participants were non-Veterans.

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Local Literacy Group President Appointed as New Board Member
Benny L. Smith, President, Board of Directors for Greater Orange Adult Literacy Services (GOALS) has been appointed to the Southeast Texas Workforce Board. Smith is a native of Hooks, Texas and received his Masters' Degree from Prairie View A & M. He is a retired teacher and assistant principal of West Orange Cove Consolidated Independent School District and serves on several boards including the United Way of Orange County and the Orange African American Museum.

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Latest Labor Market Stats
Job growth remained steady in Southeast Texas as data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate a 6.6 percent unemployment rate for October. This number is a slight, .2 percent increase over September's UI rate of 6.4 percent. The number of unemployed individuals increased by 500 and the labor force for our MSA increased by approximately 1,500 workers. The Southeast Texas economy experienced gains in the Goods Producing and Service-Providing supersectors.


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