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August 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 7
Southeast Increases Job Search requirement as Employment Improves
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas workforce board approved the increase in weekly job search activity to -5- for individuals receiving unemployment benefits during the August 10, 2021 meeting. Economic indicators such as an improving unemployment, July 2021 rate calculated by TWC at 9.8 percent for July 2021, down 1.2 percent from June, aided in the decision. Reports from workforce center staff also indicated more employers and job seekers participating in hiring activity, in-person and Virtual job fair. Individuals receiving unemployment benefits are required to register for work and be able and available for employment. Job search activity requirements can be met through participating in job fairs and hiring events, attending workshops to create resumes and improve interviewing skills, and completing certain skills enhancement courses, such as those available through the Metrics Online learning platform.
Improving employment throughout Texas also brings extended unemployment benefits to an end. According to the recent Texas Workforce Commission press release, extended benefits will end September 11, 2021, as the state’s UI rate dipped below 6.5 percent to 6.2 percent in July.
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Although the unemployment rate is declining and employment is improving at a steady pace, Southeast remains in the top -3- highest unemployment areas in the state. Our workforce center staff and partners are diligently assisting individuals looking for work and employers who are in need of skilled, experienced workers. All Southeast Texas workforce centers remain open to the public. We encourage visitors to utilize masks and practice social distancing to help mitigate exposure to Covid-19. Many required orientations for customers are available on-line, via our website and our YouTube channel.

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