WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
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August 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 7
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Update: Workforce Resumes Operations after Hurricane Laura

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas will resume regular business hours Monday, August 31, 2020. Services will continue to be provided virtually, via our website, www.setworks.org , which is available 24/7. Employers and job seekers may continue to contact workforce staff for recruitment and employment assistance via our toll free number, 1-877-834-5627, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In-person requests are available by appointment only (Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center). Live CHAT! is also accessible through setworks.org, during regular business hours. We encourage our community to utilize our virtual services for secure communications.

Business and Employer Resources
During this time of crisis, the hurricane storm season and the COVID-19 pandemic, Workforce Solutions continues to provide resources to businesses to assist with managing company operations and manpower.

The Shared Work program can assist employers avoid layoffs and help retain their workers during a slow-down or temporary closure. Shared Work provides employees who choose to participate the ability to receive unemployment insurance benefits when their normal working hours are reduced. Companies that participate in Shared Work are required to follow the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) guidelines.


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August 2020 - UI Claimant Outreach Update
In August, the Southeast Texas workforce outreach to Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits claimants was abbreviated due to the mandatory evacuation for Hurricane Laura. Staff assisted UI Claimants with completing WorkInTexas.com applications, updating and uploading Resumes, in addition to offering training opportunities and providing referrals to appropriate jobs.

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Take Note! Emergency Management and Public Safety for Southeast Texas
As our businesses and residents began to return to their respective communities after the storm evacuation, many individuals have questions and need for assistance. Listed below are the links to on-line emergency management for Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, and Newton counties:

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Welcome New Board Member - Diana Nguyen
The Texas Workforce Commission approved the appointment of Diana Nguyen, program manager, to the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board. Nguyen is an eligibility unit supervisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and will represent the public assistance agency on the Board.

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Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: July 2020
Southeast Texas unemployment rate of 11.9 percent reflected a slight improvement from June's rate of 12.5 percent. Data from the Texas Workforce Commission indicates as many as 20,000 individuals in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin and Newton counties remain unemployed in July.

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