JobBRIEF October 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 9
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Getting Back to Work after Hurricane Harvey
Many of us in Southeast Texas feel that the recovery progress after Hurricane Harvey has been steady, if a bit slow, during the past few weeks. Significant recovery issues remain for Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties as local governmental entities strive to make the process of revitalization manageable for their citizens. Elected officials have expressed concern regarding the availability of manpower to help continue humanitarian initiatives and on-going efforts to remove storm debris. Additionally, FEMA's recent extension of hotel accommodations for evacuees may have impacted or even delayed the decision of some evacuees to return to Southeast Texas.

The good news is that businesses are operational and many are hiring in the workforce development area. Job seekers have a good opportunity to secure employment. Workforce center staff, collaborating with as many as 50 individual businesses, hosted job fairs in Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange. Community and educational partners in the hiring events included Central Mall Port Arthur and Lamar State College Orange. Job seekers were able to meet employer representatives and discuss job opportunities, face to face. Businesses are hiring Insurance Agents, Carpenters, CDL Drivers, Equipment Technicians, Childcare Workers, Cashiers, Managers, Painters, Mechanics, Customer Service Representatives, Food Service and Waitstaff personnel. Many retail, merchandise and grocery establishments are also hiring for seasonal workers for the upcoming holidays.

“Our goal is to help everyone interested in working find a job”, stated Marilyn Smith. “We are thankful that the majority of our businesses weathered the storm and continue to operate. Helping people get back to work and assisting employers find skilled, experienced staff is our priority.”

Temporary disaster relief employment opportunities are available for individuals who are unemployed or dislocated due to the storm and flooding. Public entity employers, not-for-profits and private for-profit entities, and contractors directly associated with local recovery efforts may contact the workforce center at 1-877-834-5627, for more information.
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