JobBRIEF December 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 11
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
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Latest Labor Market Statistics
November Labor Market Figures
Southeast Texas employment and jobs outlook continued to hold steady according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The unemployment rate for our metropolitan statistical area (MSA) for November was 6.5 percent, up slightly from October. Job growth in Southeast Texas was indicated in various industry sectors in November:

Goods Producing:
  • Manufacturing
Service Providing:
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities
  • Financial Activities
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Education and Health Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
  • Local Government
Overall, 900 new jobs were added to the local economy.

Texas continues its blistering pace for job creation as the state posted a record setting 3.8 percent unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) for November. Nine of eleven major industries showed job growth in the state. TWC Commissioner Representing Employers, Ruth Hughes, commented that private sector employers added 52,000 jobs in November.

For detailed labor market information on job growth in Southeast Texas, please visit our website.

Unemployment Figures*

Click on the Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) link, http://www.lmci.state.tx.us/, and get access to reliable and informative data regarding careers, educational training options and jobs.
Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur
Nov 2017
3.7%
6.5%
6.4%

5.6%
6.7%
6.3%
7.1%

6.0%
10.0%
Oct 2017
3.5%
6.3%
6.3%

5.4%
6.5%
6.3%
6.5%

6.0%
9.5%
Nov 2016
4.5%
6.9%
6.9%

6.2%
7.1%
6.8%
8.0%

6.2%
10.3%

*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12/28/2017.

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