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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.

January 2017

Happy New Year 2017


What's Inside




In the News 


Job Growth in 2017

With the economy stabilizing, the Greater Houston Partnership is forecasting a net gain of about 29,700 jobs for the Houston metropolitan area in 2017. According to the report, job growth is expected in retail, health care, government, accommodations and food service, and financial services.

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In the Spotlight 



The Gulf Coast 

Oil And Gas Initiative

The Gulf Coast Oil & Gas Initiative is a program that matches employers looking for individuals with highly desirable skills which can easily be transitioned from the oil and gas industry. In addition to having access to the largest database of job-seekers, this initiative will also assist companies with recruitment, pre-screening applicants, hiring events, specialized training, and more.

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Oil and Gas

Job Seeker Composite

Interested in talent displaced from Oil & Gas?  View the Oil & Gas Job Seeker Composite to see candidates with active profiles.


On-the-Job Training

On-the-Job Training (OJT) helps individuals transition into new jobs in new industries when jobs in their industry are few or no longer available.  We reimburse the employer for training expenses incurred when hiring an individual who needs additional training and skills to adequately perform the job.  To find current OJT opportunities, perform a text search for 'OJT' in

  If you know an employer that hires individuals with little to no experience and is willing to train, please contact:


What Our Customers 

Are Saying


Career office hiring event, employer recruiting for 5 janitorial workers...

"I appreciate the space you've made available but, I've been here over an hour and I've had no applicants.  I'm really disappointed."

HR Manager;
Building Maintenance Company,

L. V.

(Resolution: the employer has been offered a follow-up hiring event with customized recruiting and pre-screening services.) 

After pre-screening and scheduling referrals (admin staff) for interviews...

"I really appreciate your hard work to help me find the people I need."


R. H.

After last minute request for assistance recruiting security personnel...

"It's great you can send out text alerts to bring candidates on such short notice.  This worked out great!."

Regional Recruiter;
Security Company,

J. M.

Employer moved to new location and was worried about finding the people they needed...

"I'm really happy with the results of this event. The turnout was great!" 

Sr. HR Recruiter;
Call Center,

V. L.

After introduction to Workforce Solutions services...

"I had no idea these services were available. I'm excited about the OJT service!"

HR Manager,
Drug Testing Company,

N. S. 

After urgent request for hiring event at career office to recruit 20-30 security personnel...

"With these kind of results, I plan to do all my hiring through Workforce Solutions!"

HR Manager,
Federal Security Contractor,

T. B.



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Transition Hiring Event


Transition Hiring Event

The Ninth Annual 

Transition Hiring Event 

Will be held at the Bayou City Event Center,April 20th from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Interested employers should e-mail Darryl Smith at or call (713) 245-6518.  Or contact Kimberly King at or call (713) 267-8532.


Targeted Industries


Targeted industries are selected by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. These industries are projected to grow their employment by an average of 500 new jobs per year and have an average weekly wage greater than or equal to $954, the average weekly wage of all occupations in the Gulf Coast region.

Educational Services




Educational Services

Industries in the Educational Services sub sector provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects.  Quick Facts

Professional and Technical Services



Professional and Technical Services

Industries in the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services sub-sector group establish a process where human capital is the major input.  Quick Facts

Oil & Natural Gas Extraction



Oil & Natural Gas Extraction

Industries in the Oil and Gas Extraction sub-sector operate and/or develop oil and gas field properties. Quick Facts





Industries in the Manufacturing sub-sector transform raw goods and manufacture new products. Quick Facts

Health Services


Health Services

This sector includes businesses that provide health and social assistance to individuals. Quick Facts

Specialty Construction


Specialty Construction

The construction sector includes establishments that engage in the construction of buildings or engineering projects. Quick Facts


Super Bowl Update


Houston - Super BowlDon't miss your chance to be a part of the Super Bowl! Game day is quickly approaching and they need people! Check out the WIT postings for more information and application instructions!


Super Bowl Security Personnel 

Wilbert's Protection Security Service is hiring commissioned and non-commissioned security guards to monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises. Candidates will answer alarms and investigate disturbances. $12-19/hr depending on experience. 


Temporary Super Bowl Staff 

Canon Business Process Services, Inc. is hiring for a two-week assignment from January 17th to February 3rd with lots of overtime opportunities.  Candidates will perform general warehouse responsibilities, including forklift operation, shrink wrap of packages, delivery of packages/mail, scanning and separating packages. 


Retail Associate @ NFL Shop for Super Bowl

The NFL Shop at Super Bowl is a specialized pop-up store that will operate out of the George R. Brown Convention Center beginning 10 days before the Super Bowl and running through Super Bowl Sunday. They will be selling the NFL official Super Bowl merchandise and be a focal point of the NFL Experience. Ideal candidates will provide retail services in the NFL Shop at Super Bowl while upholding customer service, selling, inventory, integrity, and cash handling standards. 


Got a Candidate?

**Hot Jobs** 

These Employers are Hiring!


Kindred HealthcareKindred Hospital is hiring a Licensed Practical-Vocational Nurse who will provide nursing care according to established nursing standards and hospital policies and procedures. Minimum six months prior experience in an acute care setting preferred. 


CimarronCimarron is currently looking for a Project Engineer to lead the development of operations and maintenance test requirements and generation of test plans and standards.  Responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to certification of flight and ground systems and frequent interaction and coordination with the Manager of Verification & Certification Planning and Process. 


Houston, We've Got the Talent!


Trying to fill management openings? Did you know that there are currently 28,007 active job-seekers in WIT identified as having experience in supervising or managing with an average of 7 years of experience? Where else can you find a talent pool like that? NOWHERE! We have the talent. We have the resources.



Looking for more information like this?
Contact our Market Analysis Group about the comprehensive Job Seeker Composite report.

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