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April 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 3
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Employers Continue to Hire using Virtual Tools

As the response to the pandemic severely limited interaction and engagement throughout communities in Southeast Texas, Workforce Solutions continued to assist employers and businesses with recruitment and hiring employees. Employers, including those deemed essential to the economy, utilized our on-line event software application, Brazen, to recruit and hire employees. Many employers were able to safely connect to job seekers and hire individuals that meet the company's particular skill and educational requirements. A long-time workforce partner, the Crisis Center of Southeast Texas, experienced a shortage of professional staff. Services provided by the agency such as intervention in critical family and personal situations were in demand and the agency needed to fill openings for a case manager and assistant director. Additionally, Cheryl Williams, agency director, was a bit hesitant to participate in a virtual, on-line event due to the lack of experience with technology and social media.

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Industry Relationship Expert Appointed to Workforce Board
The workforce board welcomes its newest member, Claire Broussard Jackson, who was appointed by the Texas Workforce Commission in April. Jackson is the Manager of Social Responsibility and Community Affairs for Motiva Enterprises, owner of the largest oil and gas refinery in North America.

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Take Note: Apply now - Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) The Small Business Administration is providing the American Rescue Plan Act RRF grant application for funding to restaurants whose business was adversely impacted by the pandemic. Click this link to access the Restaurant Revitalization Fund program guide, sample application, and other key information regarding the funding.
Success Story - Don't Stop Achieving
Larissa Haynes needed guidance and assistance on how to reach her primary goal to become licensed and earn better wages in the medical field, a high demand industry in Southeast Texas. She wanted to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse and maintain self-sufficiency for her family.

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Unemployment Rates - March 2021



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