JobBRIEF August 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 7
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
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Employers – Register as an Exhibitor for the Youth Career Expo

The clock is counting down to September 28, 2017 for the 3rd Annual Youth Career Expo at Ford Park! We are recruiting businesses in Southeast Texas and surrounding counties to join our efforts to connect local youth, the future workforce, to the various occupations available in our area. The Expo is a one of a kind event specifically targeting youth who, with the assistance of parents and educational professionals, are making education, training and career decisions. As an Exhibitor at the Expo, you can share your passion for your business by creating engaging, informative, and hands-on demonstrations of the occupations in your industry.


Success story: Local GED student receives national recognition

Congratulations to Ashley Wright, who received the 2017 GED Graduate of the Year Award at the GED Testing Service Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, July 2017. According to Brenda Schofield, Region 5 ESC Adult Education, Wright attended high school equivalency classes at the Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center. Wright graduated at the top of her GED class which qualified her for admission to Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT). Her drive and initiative, after dropping out of high school, landed her at LIT where she is currently majoring in Process Operating.


Three Things You Need to Know

1. "We Hire Vets" Employer Decals Available

2. Understand the Challenges of Workforce Readiness

3. Southeast Employers are Hiring in these Occupations


Latest Labor Market Stats
The July 2017 unemployment rate for Southeast Texas workforce development area (WDA) is 6.8 percent, down from June’s rate of 7.3 percent. Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate job losses in several industry sectors during July including Manufacturing, Private Serving Providing, Leisure and Hospitality, Government, Mining, Logging and Construction and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities.


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