JobBRIEF December 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 11
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Unemployment rate for Texas falls to new record low. Read the details here - link.
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Happy New Year, Southeast Texas!

As 2017 comes to a close, we are grateful for the steady recovery in our area after Hurricane Harvey. We all have different perspectives based upon our personal experiences from the natural disaster, however, we take comfort in the solutions we have initiated to help solve the challenges of rebuilding and recovery.

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, with funding through the National Disaster Grant, has subsidized wages for more than 100 temporary workers employed by local counties, municipalities, community-based organizations and other recovery agencies.


LifeShare Blood Centers selected as 2017 Local Employer of Excellence

LifeShare Blood Centers was recognized as the 2017 Local Employer of Excellence for Southeast Texas at the annual Texas Workforce Commission conference, November 30, 2017, in Dallas. The award honors private sector employers that are actively involved with the Texas Workforce system and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community. LifeShare Blood Centers has been a leading supplier of blood and blood products vital to saving lives. Today, LifeShare Blood Centers provides blood components to over 100 medical facilities throughout eastern and southeastern Texas, Louisiana, and southern Arkansas.


Southeast Texas receives Performance Award at Conference

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas was recognized for outstanding performance in Claimant Reemployment category at the annual Texas Workforce Commission Conference In Dallas. All workforce boards in Texas have specific performance targets and are competitively ranked with boards of similar population size and allocations. Claimant Reemployment measures the time unemployment insurance (UI) recipients go back to work. The quicker UI recipients go back to work can mean less impact to a particular business’ employer taxes.


Region 5 ESC receives TWC Employer Partnership Award
Congratulations to Region 5 Education Service Center (ECS) for receiving the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Employer Partnership Award in the amount of $30,000.

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Latest Labor Market Stats
Southeast Texas employment and jobs outlook continued to hold steady according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The unemployment rate for our metropolitan statistical area(MSA) for November was 6.5 percent, up slightly from October.


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