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November 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 10
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The 2021 Workforce Year in Review
As we faced the challenges of 2021, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas continued to implement strategies to effectively serve our communities and help meet our employers' manpower needs. Our efforts focused on assisting employers that needed to hire workers and individuals who had lost their jobs due to no fault of their own and were seeking employment. Since the onset of the COVID pandemic, the Southeast Texas metropolitan statistical area experienced significant improvement in employment. We see this when comparing the local unemployment rate for October 2021 (7.6 percent) with October 2020 (10.2 percent). Currently, there are a record number of employment opportunities across a variety of industries in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties, with as many as 400 opportunities available daily in the job bank, WorkInTexas.com.

In February 2021, the Virtual Youth Career Expo "Connect to Your Future!" hosted 2,534 students via the EasyVirtual Event on-line platform. High school students throughout Southeast Texas and surrounding counties were able to participate as part of class assignments, meet with 75 Exhibitors, educational institutions, training providers, and military branch personnel. Southeast extended Virtual, remote access by creating on-line applications, workshops, and orientations, in multi-lingual formats, for job seekers and program participants. "Our ability to meet our job seekers and employers in the virtual or face-to-face environment has been critical in keeping our local area competitive and prepared for the robust job market", stated Mary Hammon, executive director.

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Southeast Texas Works! Podcast News
The Port of Port Arthur and the Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce are featured this month on Southeast Texas Works! podcasts.

Where Opportunity Docks: The Port of Port Arthur Creating Jobs, Fostering Economic Recovery: Sharita Gardner, Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Port of Port Arthur, joins the show to talk about how the Port of Port Arthur drives economic activity in Southeast Texas. Gardner shares information regarding the diversity of products in and out of the Port and how the military utilizes the location. She talks about the Camp Seaport program which introduces area youth to the maritime industry, job opportunities, and the port's expansion. Contact information: Port of Port Arthur (409) 983-2011, website: https://portpa.com/.

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UI Data - October 2021: Unemployment rate in Southeast Texas falls to 7.5 percent in October

The unemployment rate for the Southeast Texas WDA fell to 7.5 percent in October 2021, down 0.5 percentage points from its September rate of 8.0 percent. Labor market data released Friday, November 19th from the Texas Workforce Commission shows job gains in the Mining, Logging, and Construction (700); Government (500); Manufacturing (300); Professional and Business Services (200); and Other Services (200) sectors. Several sectors remained unchanged with no loss or gain. These were Information; Financial Activities; Trade, Transportation, and Utilities and Leisure and Hospitality. There was a decrease in Education and Health Services (-100).

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