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October 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 9
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Workforce Board News

The Southeast Texas Workforce Board will not meet in November. Our next Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2020 unless otherwise noted. Please visit for additional information.
Pause for Covid

Southeast Texas Workforce Centers Re-Open to the Public

On September 29, 2020, executive director Marilyn Smith announced the reopening of the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Centers in Beaumont and Port Arthur. Based on Governor Greg Abbott's updated "Open Texas" guidelines and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the workforce centers are operating as follows:
  • Masks are mandated for all Customers (job seekers and employers) and staff
  • Plexi-glass sneeze guards have been installed at all staff desks and the front receptions desks in the Centers
  • Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout each facility for use by Customers and staff
  • Social distancing decals are strategically placed to guide Customers while in the Centers
  • Resource Room computer stations and surrounding areas are cleaned frequently and after each Customer's use

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October 2020 Southeast Texas UI Claimant Update
The number of Unemployment claimants continues to decline in Southeast Texas, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission. As of reporting period 9/16/2020 to 10/17/2020, the active UI claimant count stands at 2,864. Workforce Center staff outreaches specifically to UI claimants to assist those individuals with employment needs and returning to work. Our workforce development area (WDA) ranks 14th on the list of Texas counties for number of UI claimants as the unemployment rate for the state continues to improve.

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Take Note! Especially for Texas Employers
the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) guidebook for employers, has been updated to include the Top Ten Tips for employers. Topics covered include Pay and Policy Issues, Types of Work Separations, how to Estimate Chargebacks and Tax Rates with updated tools for businesses.
TWC is also offering "Lunchtime Live!" for Employers. The 90 minute sessions provide employers an opportunity to review topics such as COVID-19 Paid Leave Related Laws, Best Practices for Maintaining a Safe Workforce, and Payroll Tax 101.
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Welcome New Board Member - Daniel Marshall
In October, Daniel Marshall, BBVA, was appointed to the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board. Marshall, a native of Hardin County, has an extensive background in the financial industry and currently holds a position as District Productivity Specialist/East Texas with BBVA USA.

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Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: September 2020
The unemployment rate for Southeast Texas rose to 12.3 percent, up a full 2.2 percent from August which was reported at 10.3 percent. The increase in unemployment in the workforce development area may be attributed to factors such as the lingering recovery from Hurricane Laura, which hit Cameron, Louisiana and caused mandatory evacuations and business closures in Southeast Texas.

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