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The Buzz is a monthly newsletter from Workforce Solutions - Employer Service Division and is issued to provide local labor market information that is timely and meaningful to our partners in the Gulf Coast Region.The Buzz is a monthly newsletter from Workforce Solutions - Employer Service Division and is issued to provide local labor market information that is timely and meaningful to our partners in the Gulf Coast Region.

August 2016

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In the News 
Houston Set To Benefit From Panama Canal Expansion
With the completion of a huge $5 billion expansion project at the Panama Canal, Houston stands to benefit. The expansion project has doubled the canal's capacity, making it possible to welcome larger ships. This in turn will allow the Port of Houston to import and export more cargo from Asia. With this huge increase, we can expect to see more jobs for Houstonians in the future. 

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Freight Transportation Arrangement Labor Martket Informaton Freight Transportation Arrangement Labor Market Information 13,140 Jobs in 2016 +14.0% Change 2015 - 2021 $84,912 Avg. Earnings

EMSI was used as a research tool in obtaining this information

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Texas Department of Assistive and Rehavilitation Program
DARS Vocational Rehabilitation Program

DARS offers a variety of services specifically for businesses. Learn more about accommodating an employee with disabilities with this helpful guide!

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About HALF of the Greater Houston region's employment Is generated by freight-intensive industries
Top 10 Transportation Employers Hiring Now!

From delivering pizzas to supplying refineries, transportation is vital to our growing economy. The Port of Houston handles the second largest amount of shipping, in tonnage, of all U.S Ports.

Cargo needs to keep moving and people are the key to keeping things in motion. Check out the Top 10 Transportation Industry Employers currently hiring in the Gulf Coast Region!

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 Apprenticeship Opportunities
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 On the Job Training Opportunities

On-the-Job Training (OJT) offers participants an opportunity to earn as they learn while focusing on jobs that involve new technologies, production, service or additional skills for full-time positions (at least 30 hours per week) paying at least $10.00 per hour or more.

  Lynden Air Freight Inc. Lynden Air Freight Inc. is now hiring a warehouse driver. This person will perform day to day warehouse operations such as: driving forklift, loading & unloading containers, weighing freight, documentation, and other physical labor associated with handling freight. The company pays $15/hr to start, and will train the right candidates.

WIT Job Posting #6473314

  Star FurnitureStar Furniture Co. is now hiring helpers to assist home delivery & assembly technicians with providing exceptional, personalized, and unforgettable installation, service and education within customers' home. This position pays $13/hr to start. 

WIT Job ID #2928162

All interested job seekers can find out if they are eligible for OJT by emailing their resume to

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** HOT JOBS **
These Employers are Hiring! 

American Marine Safety is looking to hire a Lifeboat Service Technician. This position is responsible for performing service and maintenance on ships life saving equipment on board.  The perfect candidate will have a HS Diploma or GED, and one year experience working in a similar position.  

Camin Cargo Control Inc. is currently hiring 3 Field Inspectors in Freeport, TX.  Potential candidates will perform field inspections of crude and refined petroleum products, pull and label samples to deliver to laboratories, issue Certificates of Compliance, and oversee the secure transfer of fuel. No experience is necessary and employer will provide on-the-job training.

Groome Transportation is currently hiring 45 Shuttle Bus Drivers. Drivers will follow relevant safety regulations and state laws governing vehicle operation and must exhibit excellent customer service skills at all times. Applicants MUST be a least 25+ years of age (insurance requirements), must be able to pass a DOT physical and drug screen, and have clean MVR past 7 years. 

Houston, We've Got the Talent!

Did you know that there are currently 33,579 active job-seekers in WIT identified as having experience in Transportation Services with an average of 6 years of experience?  Out of these job-seekers, 942have supervisory experience . Where else can you find a talent pool like that? NOWHERE!  

We have the talent.  We have the resources. Best of all - we have the heart!  

Where are the Transportation Workers?
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