JobBRIEF: June Vol.4 Issue 6
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Texas to Require Drug Testing for Some UI Recipients

Texas Governor Rick Perry signed Senate Bill 21 which requires drug screening for individuals
receiving unemployment benefits in certain occupations. The mandated drug screening, effective
September 2013, requires first time UI applicants working in occupations that normally require drug
testing, such as truck driving, to undergo screening. In the bill’s statement of intent, SB 21 amends
Texas law to ensure all individuals referred by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) are
ready to work.

The process starts when an individual applies for unemployment benefits. As a part of the process,
the individual is required to complete a written assessment. Based on the review of the assessment,
an individual may be required to submit to and pass a drug test administered by (or on behalf of) TWC.

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UPDATED Local Labor Market Data for Southeast Texas!

Southeast Texas-specific Career Cluster information regarding occupations in Hardin, Jefferson
and Orange counties has been updated for your use. Employers can find median pay data and
information regarding training for various occupations. In addition, occupations are grouped by
education requirements. High school students, who now have more flexibility in choosing courses
for post-secondary education, can research the database to find out how many jobs may be available
in occupations such as financial management, civil engineering, computer programming, and
industrial engineering, and medical and health services. Projections for job growth are calculated
through 2018. Statistics regarding the highest paying occupations requiring college degrees or
the fastest growing occupations in Southeast Texas are available on the site.

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On-the-Job Training:  Success “In the Lanes”
In Southeast Texas, a maintenance mechanic usually means working in one of the many local
refineries and chemical plants here in the area. However, this time – the job opportunity was at the
bowling alley! Max Bowl in Port Arthur needed a ‘maintenance mechanic’, not to repair refinery
equipment, but to maintain the mechanical equipment in their very popular bowling alley business.
Employer Solutions representatives in the Port Arthur Center worked with Max Bowl to find the
appropriate candidate to train for the mechanic position. Jacob “Jake” Bland wanted to improve his
work skills and earn self-sufficient wages. Bland was hired by Max Bowl and placed in an on-the-job
training position. During this time, Bland was trained to operate and maintain mechanical equipment,
repair machinery and fixtures, troubleshoot and replace parts, in addition to light welding.

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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.

Unemployment figures released today show mixed improvement for Southeast Texas. While some areas are seeing a slight increase in unemployment numbers, others ...

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