JobBRIEF November 2017ι Vol. 8 Issue 10
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Workforce Employment Initiative Helps with Local Recovery
Local Southeast Texas communities and the entire state has made great strides in recovery from Hurricane Harvey. Evidence supporting this recovery is reflected in our metropolitan statistical area’s (MSA) unemployment rate of 6.3 percent, down almost 2 percentage points from September, and the state's record low unemployment rate. Workforce Solutions has joined the recovery efforts and placed 80 individuals, who lost jobs due to the hurricane, into temporary jobs related to recovery, clean-up and humanitarian efforts.

Due to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declaration for Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties, municipalities and other local governmental entities required additional manpower to meet the area’s various recovery needs. Disaster grant funding received by the workforce board has helped hire qualified job seekers to fill various occupations such as Building Inspectors, Utility Workers, Community Information Specialists, Maintenance and Sanitation Workers, CDL Truck Drivers, Supervisors, and Security Officers, to name a few.

Marilyn Smith, executive director, commenting on the positive direction of the area’s economy and employment outlook, stated, “We are privileged to have the means to effectively partner with our community in disaster recovery. We encourage our local non-profits and public governmental entities to continue to take advantage of the temporary disaster relief job program. It is a win-win for our area and an effective strategy for recovery.”

Employers, for more information on disaster relief employment, contact us at 409-719-4750. Job seekers interested in temporary disaster employment opportunities, please call our Regional Solutions Specialists at 1-877-834-JOBS.
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Marilyn Smith, Executive Director 409.719.4750
Pamela Wise, Workforce Liaison 409.719.4752
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