JobBRIEF August 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 8
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Welcomes New Commissioner Representing Employers-Ruth Ruggero-Hughs >> Click here for more details
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Be a STAR - Sponsor the Youth Career Expo

The highly anticipated Southeast Texas Youth Career Expo, to be held October 15th at Ford Park is only two months away and plans for the Career & Technology Education (CTE) students are being finalized. The Youth Expo, initiated by Workforce Board with a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), is being supported by several local businesses, educational entities, and professional organizations. Sponsors for the Youth Expo include Industry of Southeast Texas (ISET), FivePoint Credit Union, Triple S Industrial Corporation, IBEW Local 479, Golden Triangle Business Roundtable (GTBR) and the Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC).

It is not too late to be a Youth Expo Sponsor and invest in our future workforce. As a Sponsor, your company will be featured in event media announcements and your company logo will be displayed on printed materials including event T-Shirts. Sponsor will also receive STAR Partner Award recognition and be featured in the Board’s annual report. Donations are tax deductible.


Southeast Texas Employers Make Summer a Success

Providing positive work experiences is part of the solution to increase the talent pool of workers as businesses anticipate the retirement of hundreds of employees in local industry sectors over the next few years. A total of 41 businesses, including private employers, non-profit agencies, educational and service entities, throughout Southeast Texas participated in the 2015 work experience program.

Over 70 youth, ages 16 to 21, from Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties took part in the 2015 Summer Work Program which was designed to help students and young adults experience real "Southeast Texas" work environments. Each youth participant was required to successfully complete a series of Work Readiness Training sessions which were held at the Centers in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange. Out of school youth were required to complete 40 hours of work readiness training; in-school youth completed 20 hours of training. Employment Solutions Specialists held job fairs in all three Workforce Centers and identified employers willing to be site hosts.


Three Things You Need to Know

1. Misclassification of employees is a top-trending topic AGAIN on the U.S. Department of Labor's BLOG. Make sure your company has put its employment decisions "to the test".

2. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) invites the public to attend the upcoming workforce planning meeting regarding the transfer of some programs of Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to TWC.

3. Top Ten Occupations for Southeast Texas


Workforce Board Welcomes New Board Members
Southeast Texas welcomes Regina Lindsey and Lee Dula to the Workforce Board.

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Latest Labor Market Stats
The Texas economy remains strong and continues to expand as employers added jobs in 57 of the past 58 months according to the August 21, 2015 press release by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the state is 4.2 percent for July 2015, the lowest monthly unemployment rate since July 2007.

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