JobBRIEF March 2018 ι Vol. 9 Issue 2
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
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Southeast Texas Honors Employers at Annual Awards of Excellence

LifeShare Blood Centers
Outstanding Employer of Excellence

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas honored the 2017 outstanding employers, job seekers, sponsors and partners at its Board Meeting held Tuesday, March 6th at the Beaumont Event Centre. Dr. J. Michael Shahan, president, Lamar State College-Orange and a pioneer board member, was the guest speaker.

LifeShare Blood Centers received the Outstanding Employer of Excellence Award. LifeShare partnered with Workforce Solutions to recruit and hire applicants willing to work diligently in a career, not just a job.


Job Seeker Ambassadors, Workforce Contractors, and Special Initiative Partners Recognized

Lashonda Charles, Job Seeker
Outstanding Achievement Award

For 2017, four (4) local job seekers were selected and recognized for their collaboration with the workforce system and their commitment to overcome personal, financial and educational barriers on the road to self-reliance.

Lashonda CharlesDebbie Jordan
Robert Crane Link Roberts

Please see the 2017 Annual Report at this link, for the Job Seeker Ambassador’s success stories.


Southeast Texas Partnership Awards

Workforce Development Partnership Award
ISET – Platinum Sponsor

Southeast Texas Partnership Awards acknowledges the support and commitment of businesses that support our mission ‘to create a world-class, competitive workforce’ through financial support of the annual Youth Career Expo. In 2017, the event was postponed due to Tropical Storm Harvey. Every school district in Southeast Texas had to close during the weeks after the storm, some families were housed in shelters, and many businesses halted operations. The Youth Career Expo sponsors held to their commitment to make the Expo a memorable event for the students.


Annual Report
The board released the 2017 Annual Report, entitled “Together: Great Challenges = Great Solutions” during the Annual Awards of Excellence event, Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

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Latest Labor Market Stats
The January 2018 Unemployment rate for Southeast Texas was 7.3 percent a fairly significant increase from December’s rate of 6.6 percent for the workforce development area (WDA).


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Pamela Wise, Workforce Liaison 409.719.4752
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