WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

July 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 6
Work In Texas
Employer Survey Results
Feedback from the local businesses that replied to the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas COVID-19 Survey indicated owners and operators taking immediate actions to protect their employees and customers. 100% of the -40- respondents answered adding additional sanitizing procedures. Other changes in normal business procedures due to COVID-19 included:

  • Rotating office shifts
  • Social distancing markups on floors
  • PPE, Masks, Gloves
  • Checking employee's temperatures
  • Work from Home
  • Partitions, Plexiglas


Eighty-six (86) percent of respondents indicated some of their employees were laid off or furloughed due to the stay at home orders. The Stay at Home mandate, in turn, directly impacted business revenues. Survey respondents indicated revenue losses from five (5) percent to as much as ninety-five (95) prevent. Forty-five (45) percent of the respondents participated in the Payroll Protection Program, a loan designed to provide a monetary incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll and help mitigate layoffs. To review all Survey responses, click this link: setworks.org/covid-19-information/.

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas is committed to continuing to provide service and support to our communities as safely as possible. The Workforce Solutions' website, setworks.org, is the local virtual on-line portal to resources, services, and information to assist you in your business operations. As important, the website is available 24/7 and designed to assist with many of the concerns highlighted in the SETX COVID-19 Employer Survey responses. Two specific sections of the website have been updated for businesses and employers:

  • COVID-19 Information and Resources - Contains information and links for information and forms for Self-Employed Texas, Mass Claims and Shared Work, Currently Hiring, and Employer Work Refusal Documentation, SBA Loans, and much more.
  • Southeast Texas Dashboard - At a Glance includes local data on Trending Unemployment Claims for Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties, the Top Five UI Claims by Industry, and current UI rates.


Please contact the board's business services representatives, Kevin King and Pamela Wise, with comments or additional requests for information and support at business@setworks.org.

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