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December 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 11
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The Southeast Texas workforce development Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. The updated Agenda and meeting link will be posted 12/29/2020.
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Workforce Board Initiates Strategic Planning Efforts

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board members initiated the first steps of Strategic Planning process during the December 8th 2020 meeting with a presentation from the chief strategist, Stan Odenthal, The Odenthal Group LLC. Each workforce board is required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to develop a comprehensive plan identifying local workforce activities and goals to support sustained economic growth of the region and economic self-sufficiency of individuals in the community.

As a preliminary to the session, Board members answered survey questions provided by The Odenthal Group. Several areas were identified as critical to workforce development in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties:
  • Improve the development, implementation, and delivery of workforce services to employers and businesses
  • Ensure alignment between secondary education, postsecondary education, and industry to provide our workforce area with a pipeline of quality future workers
  • Ensure all existing resources are invested wisely and are efficiently expended; and generate new resources to support mission and goals
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Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas would like to extend our sincere wish for a happy and safe holiday season. Although celebrations for Hanukah, Christmas and New Years' will be experienced with some caution, we encourage you to find joy in family, friends, and the hope of 2021 for recovery in the health crisis and the local economy.

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Take Note! 2nd Round of Stimulus Aid Pending Approval On Sunday, December 20, 2020, congressional leaders announced an agreement on a second stimulus package which will include direct payments to individuals, enhanced Unemployment benefits, small business loans, rental and nutrition assistance, to name a few. The cost of the new bill has been reported at $900 billion. If the legislation is approved as reported, the Texas Workforce Commission will begin UI insurance benefits implementation as soon as guidance from the Department of Labor is issued.
Funding for the original federally funded pandemic-related unemployment claim benefits under the CARES Act will expire December 26, 2020. Congress is expected to vote on the bill on Monday, December 21, 2020. Please continue to check our website for updates on the pending bill.
Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: November 2020
Despite positive job growth in Mining, Logging and Construction and the Manufacturing industries in Southeast Texas for November, the unemployment rate rose to 11.8 percent, up from the 9.9 percent rate reported for October. The unemployment data comes to each workforce board in Texas from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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