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June 2021 ι VOLUME 12 ι ISSUE 5
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Workforce board members present service plaque to longtime member, Mr. Danny Prosperie. (L-R) Mary Hammon, executive director; Roxanne Acosta-Hellberg, board finance officer, Danny Prosperie, Sue Daniels, board chair, and Bill Nickum, board vice-chair.

Longtime Board Members Retire from Service

Longtime board member Danny Prosperie, representing the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 479, announced his retirement from the Board effective June 2021. Prosperie, a Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board member since 2001, served as a capable and ardent standing committee member holding various leadership positions for the Finance Committee, Planning Evaluations & Oversight Committee and the Business Services Committee. He also represented the Southeast Texas communities on the state-level as a member of the Texas Workforce Investment Council (TWIC), which serves as the State Workforce Investment Board.

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Workforce Solutions Congratulates Dr. Shannon Allen
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board members extend a hearty congratulations to fellow board member, Dr. Shannon Allen, who was awarded the 2021 Lamar University (LU) Distinguished Alumni Award. Allen, a workforce board member since 2015, is a proactive contributor, shaping strategies and assisting with implementation of initiatives to strengthen the connection between education, industry, and workforce development.

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Take Note: TWC Sets 2021 Tax Rate In June, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that the 2021 employer tax rate had been set at a "stable level", consistent with 2020 rates. The decision was made in light of the effects of the pandemic and recognizes the economic challenges faced by employers. Temporary income for workers who lose their jobs due to no fault of their own are paid through the Texas Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund. The UI tax rate, a combination of the replenishment tax and obligation assessment, is unique to each business and can be affected by benefits paid to former workers. For additional details regarding employer taxes, please click this link.
Workforce holds job fairs for Hardin County
Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas held both virtual and in-person job fairs to respond to employer needs in the Hardin County area.

A virtual job fair was held on Thursday, May 27, with participating employers including Wal-Mart, Home Instead, USES, Residence Inn, Lamar State College-Port Arthur, Synergy Home Care, First Liberty National Bank, Dairy Queen, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Conduent, Be A Champion, and Complete Staffing. Employers were able to chat virtually with job seekers and conduct on-the-spot one-on-one interviews through the Brazen platform. Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas also informed job seekers about resources and other no-cost services available to them. Around 85 job seekers attended the event.

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Unemployment Rates - May 2021

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