JobBRIEF March 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 3
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
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In The News - The Success of the Non-custodial Parents (NCP) Choices in Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board continues to make significant strides in the implementation of the Non-custodial Parent (NCP) Choices program with over $7.8 million dollars in child support payments being collected since 2008. Recently, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton updated Texas citizens about the NCP Choices program and highlighted the positive benefits of the partnership between the workforce boards, the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) Child Support Division, and local family court officials. These entities work in tangent to help non-custodial parents make the important linkage between working, child support enforcement, and critical financial requirements for families who may be able to rely less on public assistance, according to Paxton.


"Are You the Unemployment Office?"

As Workforce Solutions staff, we are often asked "You are the unemployment office, right?" We usually smile as several responses go through our minds. One favorite response is "No-we are the EMPLOYMENT Office!" And, sometimes we think, "We've got to get a bigger sign out front." Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas is an integral part of the unemployment insurance and benefits team in Texas. While we are not the direct administrator of unemployment benefits, we own an important role in helping those workers who are laid off due to no fault of their own get back to work as quickly as possible. Additionally, we are the resource for services and assistance to residents in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties to overcome barriers to employment, look for a better job and explore training opportunities.


Three Things You Need to Know

1. It's Not Too Early - Sign up for the 2015 Youth Career Expo

2. Easy as 1 - 2 - 3: Get Your Tax Account Number

3. It's Working Now - New Veteran's On-line Resource


UPDATE: Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), the federal tax credit available to for-profit companies, has been extended for 2014. In addition the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued specific guidance for employers who hire individuals covered by WOTC.

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Latest Labor Market Stats

February 2015, the Unemployment Rate for the Southeast Texas is 6.3 percent (6.3%) for the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) which now includes Newton County. According to data from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), significant job growth occurred in the following industries:


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