JobBRIEF October 2017 ι Vol. 8 Issue 9
Our Vision - "A world-class competitive workforce for Southeast Texas."
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Latest Labor Market Statistics
September Labor Market Figures
Southeast Texas' unemployment rate for September was 8.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted) and reflects what we anticipate as the first stages of the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the local economy. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), our workforce development area experienced a .9 percent increase in unemployment from August with job losses indicated in the following industry sectors:
  • Manufacturing
  • Trade, Transportation and Utilities
  • Retail Trade
  • Professional and Business Services
  • Leisure and Hospitality
Job activity in service-providing sectors such as Wholesale Trade, Information, Financial Activities, Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities, and Administrative and Support/Waste Management/Remediation Services remained unchanged through September. Current employment statistics (CES) data indicated job growth in Mining, Logging and Construction, Education and Health Services, Government and Other Services, which includes working in private households, organizations, personal/laundry services, and repair and maintenance employment.

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
Sept 2017
4.0%
8.1%
8.1%

6.6%
8.4%
8.3%
8.0%

7.6%
12.0%
Aug 2017
4.5%
7.2%
7.2%

6.5%
7.4%
6.8%
8.2%

6.4%
10.5%
Sept 2016
4.8%
7.2%
7.2%

6.4%
7.3%
7.1%
8.5%

6.5%
10.3%

*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10/20/2017.

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