JobBRIEF January 2016ι Vol. 7 Issue 1
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Texas Ends 2015 with Another Month of Job Growth - Employers added a total of 166,900 jobs over the year. Read entire press release.
What Employers Need to Know about Reasonable Accommodations from the source, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - Learn more about reasonable accommodations.
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'Cost-effective' Workforce Solutions for Business

For employers and businesses, 2016 opens up with challenges in the local and world-wide economy that may ultimately affect the overall employment outlook. Businesses will need to be more selective with operational costs, including hiring employees. Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas is here to assist our employers with 'cost effective' Human Resource solutions, tax incentives, training funds and other options to help make the most of a company's hiring budget.

Workforce Solutions provides 24/7 access to the largest pool of qualified workers in Texas. Using our job bank application,, employers are able to search for and find individuals with the skills and experience they need to hire the best employee. Workforce staff can assist employers prescreen applicants to get the best match.


Dual-Credit Grant will Help Build Skilled Workforce

Port Arthur Independent School District (Port Arthur ISD) and Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSC-PA), in successful collaboration with industry and workforce development, received a $215,250 dual-credit training grant. In response to future worker demands from leading industrial and petrochemical refiners in Southeast Texas, such as MOTIVA and BASF Total, LSC-PA and Port Arthur ISD worked closely together, according to Dr. Ben Stafford, Dean of Workforce Training, to ensure junior and high school students interested in process operations have an opportunity to get the education and training at a local institution. Along with previous allocations from the state legislature, LSC-PA was able to expand facilities for process technology to accommodate more students. Port Arthur ISD will have a guaranteed number of student slots each semester. The Dual Credit grant supports curriculum focused on various occupations of process technology which are high skilled, high demand, and high wage jobs in Southeast Texas.


3 Things You Need to Know
1. Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Updated Forms

2. Unemployment Benefits Contact Information for Employers

3. Southeast Texas Top Ten Occupations


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Latest Labor Market Stats

The December 2015 Unemployment Rate for Southeast Texas workforce development area (WDA) is 6.4 percent. This is a .4 percent decrease from November 2015, which indicates employment in December was steady with actual job gains...


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