JobBRIEF October 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 9
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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 removed 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.


Employer – Register Now for the 2017 Hiring Red, White and You! Veterans Job Fair

Southeast Texas invites employers to participate as we host the 6th Annual Hiring, Red, White & You! Veterans Job Fair, on Thursday, November 9, 2017. This year, the event will be held at the Beaumont Workforce Solutions Center, located at 510 Park Street, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. As in past years, this event is focused on connecting skilled, dedicated US military veterans to employers who have job opportunities. Participating Veterans and their eligible spouses will receive a lanyard which will identify them as a Veteran.


Three Things You Need to Know

1. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2. Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas YOUTH CAREER EXPO – New Date!

3. Target Occupations List – New Occupations Added


Latest Labor Market Stats
Southeast Texas' unemployment rate for September was 8.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted) and reflects what we anticipate as the first stages of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the local economy. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), our workforce development area experienced a .9 percent increase in unemployment from August with job losses indicated in the following industry sectors:


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