December 2016 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 November 2016 was 5.1%, which is .1% lower than October 2016 (5.2%) and the same as November 2015 (5.1%). 

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 for further Labor Market Information.




Texas Adds 20,900 Jobs in November
State has experienced job growth in 19 of the past 20 months

AUSTIN Texas has added an estimated 210,800 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 20,900 nonfarm jobs in November. The state has added jobs in 19 of the past 20 months. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 4.6 percent in November, down slightly from 4.7 percent in October.



Beako Manufacturing Company Honored at Texas Workforce Conference 

WAKE VILLAGE, Texas – Beako Manufacturing Company (Beako) received the Employer Award of Excellence for the Workforce Solutions Northeast Texas (Northeast Texas) area at the Texas Workforce Commission’s (TWC) 20th Annual Texas Workforce Conference held Dec. 7-9 in Houston. The award honors private-sector employers that are actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and have made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.



Northeast Recognized at Texas Workforce Conference

Northeast Texas was recognized for outstanding board performance, receiving a Performance Incentive award for Claimant Reemployment for $30,000. The TWC Performance Incentive awards recognize boards that display increased accountability and improved efficiencies. Monetary awards in these categories will be used to enhance workforce service programs during the next year. Texarkana College, in the Northeast Texas area, was also recognized and received a Partnership Award. This award highlights the important work of community colleges and other entities integral to supporting a skilled workforce.




New Members Certified by TWC

Please join us in welcoming Shelly Braziel and Terese Kane to the Board.  The Texas Workforce Commission certified their appointment on December 5th and December 20th. Shelly is the Executive Director of the Lamar County Human Resources Council, Inc. and Terese is the Manager Training and Organizational Effectiveness for Campbell Soup. Ms. Braziel will represent the Community Based Organization for Lamar County and Ms. Kane will represent the Private Sector for Lamar County. Their terms end September 30, 2019. 



Disabilities Business Forum – A Texas Hire Ability Event

Business Owners, Human Resources Professionals and Hiring Managers are Invited to:

The Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities Business Forum

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:15 a.m. to Noon

Norris Conference Center at North Cross Mall

2525 W. Anderson Lane, Austin, TX 78757 

Register for free at: 

The forum speakers will provide information to Texas entrepreneurs and the business community on hiring employees with disabilities. Additionally, a panel of employers will present on best practices and workforce development strategies. Other speakers will present on accessibility, assistive technologies and resources for businesses. 

Hosted by:

TWC Commissioner Representing Employers in partnership with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, Workforce Solutions Capital Area, and the Society for Human Resource Management 



Texas Workforce Commission sets Employer Rates for 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the average Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax rate for all employers will be 1.64 percent for Calendar Year (CY) 2017, up slightly from 1.46 percent in CY 2016. The average tax rate for experience-rated employers is 1.51 percent for CY 2017, and is up from 1.30 percent in CY 2016.






Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Meeting

January 25, 2017

Disability Business Forum

Austin, January 25, 2017

Chief Elected Officials Meeting

January 26, 2017

Youth Career Fairs

Paris - Jan. 27, 2017



Texas Labor Market Information




Labor Market Information for Northeast Texas WDA



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