JobBRIEF September 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 8
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Three Things You Need to Know
1. Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Extended

The Texas Workforce Commission announced that the deadline has been extended to October 31, 2017 to apply for benefits due to losing a job or business in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties are three of the 39 counties in Texas to receive the federal disaster declaration. You may apply online at or call the TWC Tele-Centers at 1-800-939-6631. It is also important to mention that call volume to the Tele-Centers is extremely high and call hold times can exceed 30 minutes. Hearing-impaired individuals may call 711 for Relay Texas.

2. Business Owners: Small Business Development Center offers Hurricane Assistance

Lamar University Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with Small Business Administration (SBA) and University of Houston (UH) Texas Gulf Coast SBDC Network opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Beaumont to assist Harvey-impacted businesses. BRCs provide hands-on help with disaster loan applications and business recovery strategies. The BRC in Beaumont is co-located with the Lamar SBDC at 5091 Rolfe Christopher Drive and is scheduled to be open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary and assistance is free. For more information, please go to (Provided by Abby McManus, Senior Administrative Advisor, Lamar University SBCD.)

3. Job Demand Activity in Southeast Texas

Occupational Category Occupation Number
Production Welders, Cutters, Solderers & Brazers 135
Transportation & Material Moving Laborers & Freight, Stock/Material Movers, Hand 103
Production Helpers - Production Workers 102
Protective Services Security Guards 102
Construction & Extraction Construction Laborers 78
Office & Administrative Support Customer Service Representatives 74
Transportation & Material Moving Material Moving Workers, all other 59
Transportation & Material Moving Truck Drivers, Heavy & Tractor-Trailer 56
Architecture & Engineering Chemical Engineers 55
Architecture & Engineering Engineers, all other 53
Transportation & Material Moving Refuse & Recyclable Material Collectors 51
Construction & Extraction Hazardous Materials Removal Workers 50

Current information contained in the job bank indicates a slight increase in demand for workers in Southeast Texas in September. Occupations associated with the construction and manufacturing industries are in highest demand; Welders, Production Helpers, Laborers, and Warehouse workers. As there is no requirement for employers posting jobs to indicate if available positions are disaster related, we do see an increase in jobs for Hazardous Material Removal Workers and Refuse Collectors in September, jobs which are historically linked to hurricane recovery.

Employers that need to hire for disaster recovery may register and post jobs at; there is no cost to use this service. Additionally, workforce center staff can assist employers with customized recruitment events, on-site at their business or at workforce center locations in Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange and Hardin County.
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