Job Brief

September 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 8
UI outreach
Open Southeast Texas and Expanded Business Capacity
Governor Greg Abbott announced changes to the executive order put in place to help maintain the safety and health of communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to updated guidelines for nursing homes, hospitals, and long term care facilities, Executive Order GA-30 expands business capacity to 75 percent for the following:

  • In-store retail establishments
  • Dine-in restaurants
  • Office Buildings
  • Manufacturers
  • Museums and Libraries
  • Gyms and Exercise facilities/classes
The expanded business capacity is expected to create a positive effect on the Southeast Texas economy. Limited-service and full-service restaurants, two of the top 5 industries with the highest number of UI benefit claimants, are expected to hire additional workers to meet increased consumer demand. Various entertainment and culture entities, including wedding venues, museums and libraries, are reopening as COVID-19 guidelines are amended. The City of Beaumont council members voted in September to open all city venues to the public as part of restarting the local business operations.

"The increase in business capacity and services will hopefully translate to more employment opportunities being available in Southeast Texas", stated Marilyn Smith, Workforce Solutions executive director. "Workforce Employer Service representatives continue to provide support to local businesses through virtual job fairs and hiring events. Job seekers looking for work now, even in the midst of COVID-19, can effectively connect to employers, present their resumes, and complete job applications utilizing our virtual event platform."

Please contact Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas' Business Solutions and Employer Service representatives at 1-877-834-5627 or email for assistance with applicant recruitment, employee training initiatives, and other essential business services needs.

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