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.
Southeast Texas Workforce Development Area Economic Profile - Texas Workforce Commission 3/2019
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*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.