JobBRIEF September 2014 ι Vol. 5 Issue 9
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
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Veterans Find Success with Workforce Solutions Services

Southeast Texas Workforce Solutions is committed to helping Veterans successfully transition to civilian life by providing assistance with finding employment and helping Vets solve issues that may affect their family life. Veterans and their eligible spouses throughout Texas receive job search assistance, case management, training, and referrals to other vet-specific support entities in the community. In addition, Veterans may seek workforce services from workforce staff or directly from a Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) Employment representative located in each workforce center in Southeast Texas.

Recently, the Workforce Solutions staff assisted two of our military Veterans with overcoming their employment barriers. One Vet, with helper-level pipe fitting and boiler maker skills, worked with his case manager to obtain a Commercial Driver's License with a hazardous material endorsement. In Southeast Texas, truck drivers are in demand and the occupational skills upgrade allowed the Navy veteran to secure full time employment earning wages at more than $20.00/hour. Intensive jobs search assistance and one-on-one counseling enabled another Veteran find full-time, steady employment and make on-time child support payments.

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Shared Work – A Possible Alternative to Layoffs

The State of Texas offers employers an alternative to manage business changes and slowdowns in demand, sales or production. The Shared Work Program allows for a business that experiences a downturn to reduce the number of hours worked by up to 10 percent of that business' employees to avoid a layoff or closure of the business. The goals of the plan are to save an employee's job, help employers keep qualified workers, and minimize the impact on the local community economy.

Shared Work plans are varied and can be customized by departments, units, or shift, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Unemployment benefits are calculated by TWC and paid to employees whose hours have been reduced as part of the Shared Work Plan. The plan must be submitted to TWC and approved prior to reduction of employee's work hours. The employer must continue to offer any fringe benefits and report plan activities to the TWC shared work coordinator every two weeks.

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Three Things You Need to Know

1. Local Workforce Specialist Receives State Recognition

2. Triple S Industrial Services Wins Prestigious Safety Award

3. Top Occupations in Southeast Texas

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Welcome New Board Member
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas welcomes new Board member Jeff Warden, a union organizer for Plumbers Local Union #68. Jeff, who replaces long-time Board member Gene Edgerly, helps interested individuals receive training through craft apprenticeships and find employment.

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Latest Labor Market Stats

Texas remains the top job-creating state with a 5.5 percent UI rate, well below the national rate. Southeast Texas’ UI rate is 8.4 percent for August 2014, up slightly from July. Job decline was indicated in general services, government, trade/transportation/utilities industry sectors.

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