On May 25, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the April 2017 unemployment rates by county. Below are the rates by county for the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board region (WIOA 12):

UI Rates Apr 2017

For more information please see the Department News Release.

Click the linked image below to view the Request for Proposal.

OSO May 2017 Revised

 

 

On April 27, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the March  2017 unemployment rates by county. Below are the rates by county for the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board region (WIOA 12):

UI Rates Mar 2017

For more information please see the Department News Release.

Kelon Johnson photo

When Christopher “Kelon” Johnson received a transportation stipend through the American Job Center in Humboldt in order to attend the TN College of Applied Technology in McKenzie, he was unemployed and supporting his young son, Jaxton. The stipend helped Johnson offset the costs of traveling to and from training five days per week. 

“Transportation stipends are a great program to help students, and my Career Advisor, Jeannie Mathis, always encouraged me to do my best and was always there to help me," says Johnson.

While originally enrolled in the Electronics-Based Green Technology, the death of his instructor in his second trimester of training resulted in Johnson changing his course of study to Production Automation. 
He earned his Production Automation Diploma in August 2015, quickly going to work as a Maintenance Technician at UNG, Inc. in Jackson, TN. At UNG, Inc., he used advanced manufacturing techniques to produce an assortment of vehicle components such as carpet systems and dash insulators. Johnson is currently employed at Black and Decker as a Maintenance Technician, earning over $22 per hour.
“Kelon never let the death of his instructor, change of programs, or supporting his son stop him from accomplishing his goals of finishing training” comments Career Advisor Jeannie Mathis.  “I consider working with Kelon a privilege and admire him for overcoming so many barriers to accomplish his goals of becoming a successful adult in the workforce.”   

On March 30, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the February 2017 unemployment rates by county. Below are the rates by county for the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board region (WIOA 12):

UI Rates Feb 2017

For more information please see the Department News Release.

The American Job Centers in Northwest Tennessee value our customers’ feedback and strive for all customers to be fully satisfied with the services they receive. Between October 1st and December 31st of 2016, over 600 customers completed an American Job Center survey. Over 91% of respondents indicated that if they owned a business, they would “Absolutely” hire the person who assisted them, and over 92% rated their visit as “Outstanding.” Check out the full results below!

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To learn more about FREE American Job Center services such as workshops, job openings, scholarships for school, career advising services, skills assessments, and more, contact an American Job Center near you today: http://www.northwesttncareercenter.org/locations.

NCRC Business Card

Research has shown a clear gap between the skills of our nation’s workforce and the basic skills needs, or “real world” skills, employers believe are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation--skilled or professional--and at any level of education. For jobseekers lacking a degree or other certifications, demonstrating to a potential employer that they possess the skills to get a good job can be difficult. The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT NCRC®), a nationally recognized credential, is an assessment that can reveal valuable work skills in potential employees and help them stand out from other applicants.

 

Who should take the National Career Readiness Certificate?

Getting an ACT NCRC® allows an individual to show prospective employers that he or she possesses the basic workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. Even if an individual has a high school diploma (or equivalent) or a postsecondary degree, the ACT NCRC® further verifies that he or she can handle tasks that are common and vital in today’s workplaces. It does so by focusing on three areas:  

  • Reading for Information—comprehending work-related reading materials, from memos and bulletins to policy manuals and governmental regulations.
  • Applied Mathematics—applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems.
  • Locating Information—using information from such materials as diagrams, floor plans, tables, forms, graphs, and charts.

In addition to providing a nationally recognized certificate that demonstrates valid proof of a jobseeker’s basic skills, the ACT NCRC® can produce better job opportunities and the potential for higher wages!

 Individuals can attain the following levels of achievement:

  • Bronze Level: An individual achieving the Bronze Level possesses core employability skills for approximately 30% of the profiled jobs.
  • Silver Level: An individual achieving the Silver Level possesses core employability skills for approximately 65% of the profiled jobs.
  • Gold Level: An individual achieving the Gold Level possesses core employability skills for approximately 90% of the profiled jobs.
  • Platinum Level: An individual achieving the Platinum Level possesses core employability skills for approximately 99% of the profiled jobs.

Don’t delay…earn your ACT NCRC® today! Contact your local American Job Center to schedule your free assessment!

On January 26, 2017, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development released the December 2016 unemployment rates by county. Below are the rates by county for the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board region (WIOA 12):

Dec 16 UI RatesFor more information please see the Department News Release.