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March 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 2
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Workforce Grant Helps Local Communities Recover

The strong partnership between workforce development and local municipalities and humanitarian entities, such as the Southeast Texas Food Bank, has allowed for an effective and proven response to the recovery process throughout the Southeast Texas region. With the receipt of approximately $2.2 million dollars in National Dislocated Worker (NDW) grant funds, the Board once again joined local cities, counties, and other municipalities in recovery and humanitarian efforts for COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura, just one of several natural disasters that impacted our area in 2020.

NDW grants are supplemental resources allocated to areas in response to major events that severely impact the infrastructure and overwhelm the economic resources available to overcome the effects of the event. The COVID-19 National Dislocated Worker grant allowed the Board to assist local city, county, and regional emergency response consortiums to fill temporary positions for skilled, experienced workers. Positions filled with the assistance of NDW grants funding include Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Registered Nurse (RN), Nurses Assistant (C.N.A.), Contact Tracer, Disease Investigator, Data Entry Clerk, Custodian, and Sanitizer positions.
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Local Chamber President Appointed to Workforce Board
Board members welcome Bill Allen, president and CEO, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, to the workforce board. He began his office at the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and has ensured the agency maintained its 5-star accreditation through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Take Note: JobBRIEF March 2021 The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has delayed setting the 2021 employer's unemployment insurance tax rates. Governor Greg Abbot suspended a section of the Texas Labor Code in February to halt the experience-rate calculation until July 2021. Employer-paid taxes provide temporary income for workers who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own. Click this link for more information regarding Texas' unemployment trust fund.
Investigating Fraud - Take Action
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued an Unemployment Insurance PHISHING Fraud Alert. Businesses are encouraged to utilize this link to report suspected unemployment insurance benefit fraud to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Success Story: A First Start to Self-Sufficiency
Milton Freeman was an unemployed youth when he first arrived at the workforce center and actually never held a real job in his young life. The barriers he faced for employment included having no work history, being basic skills deficiency, and needing his high school equivalency. Milton wanted to earn his GED and start a career pathway. His workforce career specialist immediately enrolled Milton in sessions for his GED.
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Unemployment Rates - February 2021



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