October 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM CDT - Updated June 21 at 7:08 AM
Released by the East Texas Council of Governments:
KILGORE, TX: Forty-eight staff members within the 14 Workforce Solutions East Texas (WSET) Centers have been notified their last day of work will be Friday, October 30, 2009. WSET's reduction in force is a result of the agency's state and federal funding dropping by approximately $1Million each of the past two budget years.
Workforce Solutions Center/Number of Layoffs Athens / Henderson County: 1 Canton / Van Zandt County: 1 Carthage / Panola County: 2 Emory / Rains County: 2 Henderson / Rusk County: 4 Jacksonville / Cherokee County: 3 Jefferson / Marion County: 1 Longview / Gregg County: 11 Marshall / Harrison County: 5 Palestine / Anderson County: 3 Pittsburg / Camp County: 2 Quitman / Wood County: 2 Tyler / Smith County: 11 Total Layoffs: 48
Employees experiencing layoffs may attend a Rapid Response session on Thursday, October 29. The session will provide an overview of the unemployment insurance process, WSET services and information on available training through the Workforce Investment Act.
The WSET Gilmer Center in Upshur County will not have a reduction in force. There are no plans to close any WSET Centers at this time.
For more information you may contact Randy Fowler in the Tyler WSET office at 903.561.8131, Sandra Taylor in the Longview WSET office at 903.758.1783, or ETCOG Workforce Director Wendell Holcombe at 903.984.8641 x254.
About the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board It is the mission of the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to improve the quality of life in this area through economic development by providing a first-class workforce for present and future businesses. The Board works in partnership with chief elected officials of the region and is the primary source of local workforce policy. The Board contracts with the East Texas Council of Governments (ETCOG) to serve as the administration unit and fiscal agent for the Workforce Solutions East Texas.
East Texas Council of Governments Lindsay Vanderbilt Public Information Officer 903.984.8641 x 218 903.931.1830 cell