JobBRIEF December 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 12
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
"Texas experience job growth in 9 of 11 months in 2015 and Adds 16,300 jobs in November" Read entire press release from TWC.
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Wishing You a Wonderful Holiday Season

In 2015, positive trends and job growth continued for Southeast Texas as for the entire state of Texas. The unemployment for Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties continued to remain at the lowest rates in our WDA's history. We look forward to increased hiring activity for the projects such as Golden Pass LNG, ExxonMobil, Natgasoline, just to name a few, also creating employment opportunities in retail, hospitality, financial services, and healthcare in our region.

The federal approval of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) brought renewal to the workforce development system with enhanced guidelines to assist employers gain access to a trained, skilled workforce. WIOA extends the focus on the needs of local economies and continues to ensure coordination, planning, and oversight of service delivery through workforce Boards. Southeast Texas continues to implement the new WIOA guidelines which includes workforce center staff development and training as a crucial strategy to continue to meet the needs of local employers and jobs seekers.


3 Things You Need to Know
1. On December 9, 2015, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced the average Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax rate for all employers will be 1.46 percent ...

2. Hiring a veteran brings a host of benefits to your company.

3. Top Ten Occupations for Southeast Texas


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Latest Labor Market Stats

November 2015 Current Employment Statistics (CES) data indicates a modest job growth for Southeast Texas. However, this was not enough to keep the downward trend for the unemployment rate for November, which showed a .3 percent increase to 6.8 percent unemployment for the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan statistical area (MSA).


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