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May 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 4
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Work Refusals: TWC has provided a human resources tool for businesses as employees previously laid off or furloughed are asked to return to work. Please click here for details.
Upcoming Events
Employers - reserve your 'electronic booth' for the upcoming Virtual recruiting events in Southeast Texas!

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Workforce Board News
The Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Board is scheduled to meet via WEBEX, June 2, 2020, 9:30 am. Please check our website, for details.
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Phase II - Open Texas

Governor Greg Abbott continues to Open Texas in Phase II and announced additional business openings and an increase in general activity for the state. Abbott stressed that health guidelines published by the Department of Health and Human Services are to continue to be followed closely during the reactivation of the state's economy. Additionally, the governor's plan includes an increase in testing and contact tracing for COVID19 in an on-going effort to minimize the spread of the virus.

Critical to the success of Open Texas are the Checklists designed to aid individuals, businesses, and communities in the safe revitalization of the economy. Checklists for various sectors of the state's economy, including Museums and Libraries, Retailers, Wedding Venues, Churches and Place of Worship, Offices, Waterparks and Gyms, have been updated. The updated information may be accessed at this link,

According to executive orders issued in May, Bars may reopen and restaurants may serve up to 50 percent of their facility's original capacity. Child care centers, Youth Clubs, and entertainment venues such as bowling alleys, skating rinks, Rodeos, to name a few, may also open.

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New Board Member Announcement
The Southeast Texas Workforce Development board welcomes Dr. Wendy Elmore, Provost/Executive Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs, Lamar State College - Orange, to the board effective June 2020.
Elmore, a self-described 'entrepreneurial educator' has extensive experience in secondary education with skills in managing a multi-campus district and implementing academic and workforce programs. read more

Take Note! "Shape Your Future" The U.S. Census Bureau began a phased restart of field activity in May in certain areas of the country. There is good news to report as over 60 percent of U.S. households have responded to the Census so far. Responses via the Internet is the most popular and easiest way to respond to the Census. Counting everyone in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties will make sure our voice is heard! We can secure funding for critical community services and governmental representation. For assistance and answers to your Census questions, please contact Delena King, Senior Partnership Specialist, at
COVID-19 Employer Impact Survey
Workforce Solutions requests input from local businesses and employers regarding their operational needs and human resources challenges due to the impact of COVID-19. The data is important in our post-COVID19 environment and the phased reopening of the Texas economy.
Please take a moment to review the 10 questions survey. The responses you provide will help us shape our ongoing service delivery strategy for the various industries in Southeast Texas. The information will also be valuable to local and state officials as the reopening of Texas continues.
We will aggregate and share this data with you and your industry. By completing this survey, you will help us help our community.

Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: April 2020
The rate of job loss due to the COVID-19 health crisis generated unpresented unemployment rates for the entire US economy. In April 2020, Southeast Texas rate reached historic highs at 18.2 percent for the workforce development area (WDA). As many as 28,679 individuals in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties, loss employment during April with almost every industry being negatively affected by business closures, layoffs and furloughs due to the pandemic. Additionally, Southeast Texas manufacturing sectors were doubly affected by the downturn in the cost of oil which plummeted to previously unseen lows in March and April.

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