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April 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 2
Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - March 2019
The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) has reported March 2019 unemployment rate of 5.3 percent for the Southeast Texas workforce development area (WDA). This is the second time in ten years of reporting that Southeast has experienced this level of job growth. "Our area is currently in a positive employment cycle", commented Lauren Van Gerven, Labor Market Information Analysts for the board. "We see more job opportunities in the Leisure and Hospitality industry as restaurants and hotels continue to open and hire new employees. Job growth in our other industries can be attributed to ongoing industrial expansions."

The Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry sector posted the strongest month-to-month employment with 400 jobs added in March. Other local Southeast Texas industries adding jobs were Manufacturing, Education and Health Services, Leisure and Hospitality, Government, and Professional Business Services. On the opposite end of the spectrum, data indicated the Mining, Logging and Construction industry posted a loss of 600 jobs as local expansion and turnaround projects go through various cycles.

Over 22,000 jobs were added in the state of Texas for March according to the TWC's press release. The state's unemployment rate remained at 3.8 percent (seasonally adjusted) for March. Leisure and Hospitality grew throughout the state adding 8,600 jobs. Construction employment also increased by 5,100 jobs.

Read: Southeast Texas Workforce Development Area Economic Profile - Texas Workforce Commission 3/2019

For additional, detailed labor market information, please visit our Labor Market Information page.

March Unemployment Figures*

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Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur
Mar 2019
3.5%
5.3%
5.3%

4.6%
5.5%
4.9%
5.7%

4.9%
8.0%
Feb 2019
3.9%
5.9%
5.9%

5.1%
6.3%
5.5%
6.6%

5.7%
9.0%
Mar 2018
4.0%
6.5%
6.5%

5.6%
6.8%
6.2%
7.0%

5.9%
9.8%


*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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