JobBRIEF October 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 10
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
Employers - For Your Business - Click here for details on Tax Incentives, including Work Opportunity Tax Credit.
Texas Adds 26,600 Jobs in September - Click here to read entire Press Release.
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Youth Career Expo 2015 - A TREAT for local CTE Students

It was all smiles and treats, handshakes and demonstrations on Thursday, October 15th at Ford Park for Exhibitors and over 1,700 Career and Technology Education (CTE) students from Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, and surrounding areas.

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas, its partners and volunteers, started at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, welcoming the first busses from local schools. Decked out with two-way radios, Workforce staff counted out groups of students for each of the designated classrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Arena. Students were grouped by schools and room capacity as Facilitators, HR managers and supervisors from the Southeast Texas Human Resources Association, volunteers from other local businesses, welcomed the Career & Technology Education (CTE) students to the Expo. Students received a thirty minute Orientation which explained the purpose of the event and also provided the students important tips, techniques, and questions to ask when visiting each Exhibitor. After the Orientation, each student received a Backpack, provided by International Safety Training Council (ISTC), with information regarding Targeted Occupations, wages, and education requirements.


Employers - Get Ready for Hiring Red, White & You!

The annual state-wide Veterans Job Fair, "Hiring Red, White & You!" will be hosted by Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas at the Port Arthur, Texas, at the Bob Bowers Civic Center, on Thursday, November 12, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) are Workforce Partners in the event along with the Texas Medical Center. Since 2012, the Hiring Red, White and You! Veterans Job Fair has assisted 31,000 veterans to meet with over 4,700 employers state-wide, according to data from TWC.


Segura Appointed to Southeast Texas Workforce Board
In October, Texas Workforce Commissioners approved the appointment of Karl Segura, Entergy Texas, to the Workforce Board. Segura, Senior Manager of Business Development for Entergy, is a native to Southeast Texas and worked at Nicks, a local grocery in Port Arthur, as a teen.

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Latest Labor Market Stats
Data indicates September 2015 unemployment rate for Texas was 4.1 percent, the lowest rate of unemployment since 2001. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) noted that 3,200 positions in the construction industry in addition to 5,900 jobs in Leisure and Hospitality reflects the 'resiliency' of the Texas economy.

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