April 2017 Newsletter



Our Mission:
To be a driving force in the area to provide employers with workforce support for the economic benefit of the communities we serve.



Northeast Texas Employment Statistics

The nine county Workforce Development Area unemployment rate for March 2017 was 5.7%, which is .2% lower than February 2017 (5.9%) and .9% higher than March 2016 (4.8%). 

The Workforce Solutions Northeast Employment Statistics showing labor force, employment and unemployment rate for each county is shown by clicking on the document.

Click on the images below and to the right for further information on Labor Market Information.




Texas Internship Challenge

Texas’ Tri-Agency partners have announced the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a new statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas.  The Texas Internship Challenge is a joint partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), and The Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), who are promoting the challenge for industry and employer partners to offer paid internships; universities and colleges to promote the campaign and grant academic credit for internship opportunities; and to students to apply for and accept these internships.  TWC, TEA and THECB encourage internship programs as a bridge for students to explore in-demand industries and occupations. Students will benefit from mentoring, career guidance, identification of marketable skills, and learn about high-demand occupations. Employers will benefit by the opportunity to explore candidates for full-time recruitment and leverage the developing skill sets and perspectives of students, while also highlighting careers in their industries.  Employers and students can visit the website, www.txinternshipchallenge.com, to explore and post these internship opportunities.

Click here for more information on the Texas Internship Challenge.



TWC Approves Local Board Plan

Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas is responsible for the implementation and oversight of workforce development services in the nine-county Northeast Texas region, which includes Bowie, Cass, Delta, Franklin, Hopkins, Lamar, Morris, Red River, and Titus Counties.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires Workforce Boards to develop strategic plans and set priorities for the regional workforce development system.  The Northeast Texas Board Plan provides an overview of current workforce and economic conditions in the region.  The plan also forecasts workforce and human resources needs for the future and strategic and operational goals for all aspects of workforce development.  The plan was approved on April 13, 2017 and can be viewed here.



Career and Community Resources Expos

The 8th annual Career and Community Expo was held in the Texarkana Convention Center on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  A wide variety of employers and community based organizations were on hand to engage with the public.  Two-hundred and ninety four job seekers were in attendance at the event along with eighty two employers and other organizations.  Very positive feedback was received from both employers and job seekers alike.  A special thanks goes out to the sponsors who helped make this great event possible:  Express Employment Professionals, AMI Radio-Kool & KPGG, Arkansas Department of Workforce Services, Townsquare Media, TXK Today, Hilton Garden Inn-Texarkana, Texarkana College, TXK Today News, Harte-Hanks, Texarkana Radio, Combined Insurance, Christus Health, Mays Home Care, University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana, Tri-State SHRM, Estes Express Lines, and Red Carpet Employment Agency, Inc.  


Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas in conjunction with the Sulphur Springs Independent School District hosted a Career and Community Resources Expo at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Tuesday April 25, 2017.  The event, which was open to job seekers as well as the juniors and seniors in the career and technology track at the high school, ran from 9am to 2pm.  A total of 106 individuals attended the event, along with 29 employers and community based organizations.  A special thank you goes to the Sulphur Springs Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation for providing lunch to the vendors, as well as all of the other fantastic sponsors including Express Employment Professionals, Saputo, RPM Staffing, and East Texas Broadcasting.  These events would not be possible without their generous support. 



McLarty Ford partners with Texarkana College for $141,231 Job Training Grant

McLarty Ford partnered with Texarkana College to provide customized training to 75 new and incumbent workers for industry-related topics with focused instruction on service and automotive parts technician skills. Trainees will include sales team members, service department technicians, mechanics and service parts clerks. Upon completion of training, the workers will receive an average wage of $14.27.   


Texas Workforce Commissioner, representing Labor, Julian Alvarez, spoke during a check presentation at Texarkana College.  “The partnership between McLarty Ford and Texarkana College on this Skills Development Fund grant will benefit both the local community and its workforce,” said Commissioner Alvarez. “Our labor force is among the most talented and skilled in the world, and we continue to seek and implement strategies to improve the skills of Texas workers.”





60X30TX Awareness Day

By 2030, at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 will have a certificate or degree. To help the state reach that goal, Northeast Texas must build a college-going culture.  In furtherance of the 60X30TX goal Workforce Solutions offices participated in the region wide awareness day on April 25, 2017.


You can read the entire 60x30TX plan here.


We all have a part to play in achieving this goal—parents, students, educators, business leaders, community members. And if we succeed, we benefit. To get involved with this initiative, please visit www.60x30netx.com





Board Staff Member, Bart Spivey Recognized

Bart Spivey, Project Manager for Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas, received the "Breakthrough" award while participating in the Dale Carnegie Course in Texarkana. This recognition was earned because of his determination and a strong desire for self-improvement. The award was made on the basis of his outstanding performance as determined by a vote of his class members. An achievement such as this relects favorably on him and such self-improvement contributes to general organization improvement and growth.

Congratulations, Bart Spivey!




Texas Economy Adds 9,500Jobs in March

AUSTIN — The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

“Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texans continue to have a range of workforce opportunities created by our innovative Texas employers, and I encourage job seekers and students to explore these opportunities with local workforce boards around the state.”

Read the entire press release here.







Upcoming Events

Career and Community Resources Expos - 

Paris - March, 5, 2017

Mt. Pleasant - June 20, 2017

Summer Industry Tours

Paris - June 6, 2017

Mt. Pleasant - June 7, 2017



Texas Labor Market Information




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