JobBRIEF: July Vol.4 Issue 7
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New Address – Same Great Service!

Two days a week, Hardin County job seekers will find the Workforce Center on Wheels at a new
location to better meet their needs. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the mobile unit will now be
stationed at the Frank Robinson Building (LIT) at 1355 MLK in Silsbee. It will still be available on
Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hardin County Courthouse at 300 Monroe Street in Kountze.

More than 3,000 residents have utilized the mobile lab in Hardin County which is integral to the
delivery of workforce services to local residents. The mobile lab, available to job seekers and
employers, has 10 workstations and satellite Internet capability.

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The New Definition of Small Business

Until this month, the definition of what makes a “small” business has been defined by guidelines
established years ago. However, effective July 2013, the United States Small Business
Administration (SBA) is changing the definition of a small business by increasing the limits under
federal guidelines.

The size of a business is based on several factors including industry sectors. The SBA considers
revenues, assets, competition, and number of employees. The changes by the SBA will add over
17,000 companies in industries such as agriculture, forestry and hunting; finance and insurance;
company management; arts, entertainment and recreation; and mining support services.

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Welcome Our Newest Board Member

It’s because of the commitment and leadership of our volunteer board that we are able to achieve
what we do for the labor market in Southeast Texas. This month, we welcome our newest board
member, Jerry Wayne Pillsbury. As a Union Organizer for the Sabine Area Labor Council, Jerry
Wayne is passionate about helping people get jobs that provide the security of good wages,
insurance and pensions for workers and their families.

Jerry Wayne’s first job was as a pipefitter and though he’s a Beaumont native, his career led him to
employment across the country -- eventually working in 23 different states before returning to Texas.

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It’s official! Local workforce development boards and Texas Workforce Commission have begun planning the second statewide
“Hiring Red, White and You!”
Veterans Job Fair.

After seeing mixed improvement for Southeast Texas last month, the unemployment numbers for June showed a slight increase. The majority of counties in the area, with the exception of Hardin County....

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