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November 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 10
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Texas' UI Rate Drops - Skilled Workers are in demand!
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Youth Career Expo February 2021 - Hosted On the EasyVirtual Fair platform

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Southeast Texas Workforce board members will meet on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at 9:30 am. Please check setworks.org for details.
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Image represents the animated, virtual entrance to the 2021 Youth Career Expo, February 2021.


Virtual Youth Career Expo Launches

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas has announced registration and sponsorships for the 2021 Virtual Youth Career Expo "Connect to Your Future!" In 2021, the Youth Career Expo will be hosted on EasyVirtual Fair, an engaging and exciting on-line event platform. Due to the effects of the ongoing pandemic, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas board members and Steering committee overwhelmingly support this innovative, technological approach to reach thousands of local high school students, our workforce of the future. With EasyVirtual, students can access content from desk tops, tablets, and smart phones.

The Youth Career Expo, designed with the goal to provide students with knowledge of local high growth/high demand occupations and careers in Southeast Texas, has connected to as many as 12,000 students over the past five years. Teachers, counselors, and school leadership throughout Southeast and Deep East Texas actively plan for their students to attend this one of a kind event.


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S&B Selected as Finalists for State Award
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) announced that S&B Engineers and Constructors, nominated by Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, was selected as one of the three finalist for the 2020 Large Employer of the Year Award. S&B was among 51 private-sector employers nominated by boards throughout the state for collaboration and successful partnership with the workforce system.

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Take Note! Employers - Prepare to take Your Tax Credits Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a program designed to benefit employers who hire individuals from specific target populations and enable these individuals the opportunity to earn a steady income. WOTC provides tax credits ranging from $1,200 to $9,600 per eligible employee during an applicable tax year. Minimum employment and retention periods apply. The program was authorized by the US Congress through December 31, 2020.
The State of Texas also offers a tax benefit for employers that pay certain state taxes and hire individuals who are Medicaid clients or have received monetary support through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
For more details regarding WOTC and the State of Texas Tax Refund, including access to required Internal Revenue Service (IRS) forms, click here.
Be Aware of UI Fraud
We encourage all employers and businesses to be aware of the increase in Unemployment Insurance (UI) Benefits fraud. Our local offices have received several calls from businesses in Southeast Texas requesting assistance for fraudulent UI claims that adversely impact the identity of owners or other business representatives.

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Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: October 2020
The unemployment rate for Southeast Texas improved to 10.0 percent for October, down slight more than 2 percentage points from September's rate of 12.2. The Goods Producing super sector, Mining, Logging and Construction posted the largest increase in employment in October with 1,200 jobs, a 5.5 percent month-to-month uptick from September. The Southeast Texas manufacturing sector added 900 jobs in October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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