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June 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 5
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The Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board will not meet in July. The next scheduled meeting is August 4, 2020 via WEBEX. Please continue to check our website, for details.
Pause for Covid

Workforce Solutions Supports Southeast Texas through Reopen Texas

Since the start of economic effects of the COVID-19 health crisis, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board, staff and workforce center specialists have implemented strategies to safely and effectively connect to our community. Our goal has been to assist those employers who have restarted their businesses and need additional manpower. We have reached out to Unemployment Insurance claimants to help skilled, experienced individuals get back to work. The Workforce Solutions Centers have hosted several Virtual Job Fairs; employers post available employment opportunities in the job bank and individuals registered in match to the job openings. Employers electronically review the on-line resumes of registered participants and with assistance from workforce staff, schedule on-line interviews with qualified candidates. To date, workforce center staff have assisted eleven (11) employers connect to ninety-three (93) job seekers through Virtual Jobs Fairs-Open Southeast Texas events.

Through the National Dislocated Worker (NDW) Disaster grant, eighteen (18) individuals have been placed in disaster-relief employment with local city and county health entities in Port Arthur, Orange, Beaumont and Silsbee. These individuals assist in contact tracing and investigator activities.

Since March 2020, workforce center specialists have contacted over 9,000 Unemployment Insurance (UI) claimants to assist with updating resumes, job referrals, and helping to facilitate UI-related issues with the Texas Workforce Commission. The Regional Solutions Call Center has received over 11,000 calls since the start of the response to the COVID-19 closures and stay-at-home declaration in Southeast Texas.

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Open Texas Pauses to Help Control COVID-19 Progression
On Friday, June 24, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott officially paused the phased reopening of Texas as COVID-19 hospitalizations increased in some of the state's largest cities. The Governor ordered Bars to close and scaled back restaurant occupancy to 50 percent. As the increase of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations was a set-back, Texas continues to move forward in preparing the workforce for the eventual full reopening of the state and the increase in manpower needs of businesses.

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Take Note! Fidelity Bonding Program for Employers & Job Seekers Fidelity Bonding provides a six-month business insurance policy to employers as an incentive to hire individuals who may have significant barriers to employment. These barriers may include those who have been incarcerated, received public assistance, and applicants with prior substance abuse, to name a few.

The program is simple to use and is provided through the Union Insurance Group. It does not require job seekers to complete an application. The bonds do not cover poor workmanship, injuries, or accidents. For more information, contact our Workforce Solutions Specialists at 1-877-834-5627 or click HERE for more details.
ONGOING COVID-19 Employer Impact Survey
In light of recent changes to the reopening of the Texas economy due to the resurgence of COVID-19, many Southeast Texas employers are adjusting their plans to fit the ever changing circumstances of doing business amidst the pandemic.

Southeast Texas requests your input on the 10 question survey regarding the impact of COVID-19 on your company. Our virtual service delivery strategy also changes, based on the needs of our local industries. The information you provide will also be valuable to local and state officials as we all work together to keep our local communities as safe as possible during this health crisis.

Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: May 2020
The May 2020 unemployment rate for Southeast Texas was 17.8 percent, down slightly from April's rate of 18.2 percent for the workforce development area, the highest in our history.

As Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties businesses and workers manage under the new COVID-19 environment, several local industries experienced employment gains in May, the most significant increase occurring in Leisure and Hospitality.

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