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January 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 1
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Youth Career Expo "Connect to YOUR Future!" -
Thursday, February 6, 2020
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Workforce Board News
The Southeast Texas Workforce Board will meet Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 9:30 a.m. at 510 Park Street, Board Room, 1st floor, Beaumont, TX. For questions, please contact Nishaun Jones, 409-719-4785.
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Representatives from the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Lamar Institute of Technology, Workforce Solutions, Beaumont ISD, and ExxonMobil are pictured the Beaumont City Hall with "Salute to Southeast Texas Workforce Week" Proclamation: Ana Pereda, Lonnie Howard, PhD, Marilyn Smith, Bill Allen, Eva LeBlanc, Biguita Hernandez-Smith, Pamela Wise, Alicia Green, Lauren Van Gerven, Nikisha Burns, Donna Prudhomme, PhD, and Patrick Anderson.


"Salute to Southeast Texas Workforce Week!"

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, Beaumont Independent School District and industry partner, ExxonMobil, have joined resources to launch the first "Salute to Southeast Texas Workforce Week." As explained by chamber president, Bill Allen, the workforce week initiative was designed to bring public awareness of available workforce skills training and educational opportunities in Southeast Texas. Additionally, as manpower demands are expected to continue to grow due to a projected $54 billion dollars in industrial and manufacturing expansion projects, the group's goal is to help prepare the youth and other interested individuals compete for high wage/high demand employment opportunities. On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Jefferson County Commissioners Court and the City Council, City of Beaumont, issued proclamations in support of "Salute to Southeast Texas Workforce Week".

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Southeast Texas Presents LMI to Industry Leaders
Lauren Van Gerven, Labor Market Information (LMI) Specialist for the workforce board, presented an updated LMI report at the January meeting of the Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR). Members of GTBR are representatives of the manufacturing and construction industry companies, owners, contractors, and plant managers. "Lauren's LMI data will help clarify manpower needs in our area", commented Dennis Isaacs, GTBR executive director. "We need to understand our local workforce and ensure opportunities are available to increase knowledge, skills and abilities, to meet the industry demand for workers."

Forecasts by local leaders and elected officials report $54 billion dollars in announced petrochemical expansions over the next 2 - 5 years in Southeast Texas. Local LMI data confirms construction, manufacturing, along with oil and gas industries, are the economic engine for our area.

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Pictured (l-r) are Dade Phelan, Texas House of Representatives District 21, Aaron Demerson Commissioner Representing Employers and Dr. Thomas A. Johnson, President, Lamar State College Orange.

Lamar State College Orange and Arlanxeo receive $652,724 grant
Congratulations to Lamar State College and Arlanxeo for receiving a combined $652,724 skills development grant award.

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Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: December 2019
Southeast Texas posted a 5.4 percent unemployment rate for December 2019, up 0.2 percent from November.

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