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September 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 8
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VIRTUAL Hiring Red, White & You! Veterans Job Fair
November 5, 2020, 9 am - 2 pm

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The September 2020 Workforce Board meeting has been cancelled. Please visit our website for updated meeting information.
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State-wide Veterans Job Fair - Going VIRTUAL for 2020

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas will join Governor Greg Abbot, the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Medical Center and the Texas Veterans Commission leadership, along with other workforce development boards and partners, to host the 9th Annual Hiring Red, White & You Veterans Job Fair (HRWY). The state-wide event will be held for the first-time on virtual platforms.

For the past eight years, the HRWY initiative brought together workforce development boards, employers, educational and training institutions, and support agencies to assist Veterans in their transition to civilian life. Securing employment and a meaningful career is critical to the transition for many veterans as they return home. Data provided through the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate Texas has one of the largest populations of Veterans in the nation. Veterans actively seeking employment, as many as 967,000 state-wide, face an even bigger challenge looking for work due to restrictions brought on by COVID-19.

The virtual HRWY event, powered by BRAZEN platform, will allow employers to interact on-line with Veterans, their spouses, and other job seekers, and share employment opportunities. Employers may offer videos, informational brochures, and job applications electronically to the job seekers. Employers can schedule on-line interviews with qualified candidates. Booths are customized for each participating employer with their company logos. Workforce center staff will assist employers design their Booths, post job openings, and prescreen applicant's resumes, as requested.

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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
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Take Note! Fraud Prevention
The Texas Workforce Commission urges employers and individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits to be aware of fraud and identity theft. Millions of people are utilizing the system to legitimately file for and receive benefits, however, unscrupulous actions are also being carried out on unsuspecting individuals through the state. If an individual or business receives notification from TWC for a UI claim when none was submitted, please report the activity via the Texas Workforce Commission Fraud Portal. The TWC Fraud Hotline, 800-252-3642, is also available to report suspicious activity. As always, we encourage the public to keep personal information secure.

Southeast Texas Claimant Outreach Update
The goal in assisting Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits claimants in Southeast Texas is to help prepare individuals for returning to work, offer services, including training, to enhance employability, and assist in resolving issues with benefits. Workforce Solutions career specialists encourage UI claimants to utilize some of their down-time to improve skills, knowledge and abilities through completing on-line courses, offered at no-cost, or enroll in college and career schools that are also offering free courses, reduced tuition and on-line courses.

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Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview: August 2020
The Southeast Texas economy posted moderate improvement in August 2020 as the unemployment rate dropped to 10.3 percent for the Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA (metropolitan statistical area), down 1.7 percent from July's rate of 12.0.

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