WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
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April 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 3
Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - March 2020
The March 2020 unemployment rate was reported as 7.5 percent, up 2.1 percent from February's rate of 5.4 percent. On March 27, 2020, local elected officials declared the "Stay Home Work Safe" for Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, and surrounding counties. With this action, to save lives and protect the health of local communities, businesses began to close and lay off workers. The most notable, reported closure occurred in the Leisure and Hospitality sector, with a popular restaurant laying off 300 workers and closing locations in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Lumberton. The 'domino effect' continued as other restaurants, retail stores, and at least one refinery, laid off workers due to the threat of COVID19.

Below are the Southeast Texas industries with significant job losses in March:
Industry Job Losses
Mining, Logging and Construction -600
Leisure and Hospitality -400
Manufacturing -200
Retail Trade -200
Education and Health Services -200
Professional and Business Services -100
The Southeast Texas Workforce board utilized reports from the Workforce Information System of Texas (TWIST) which captures real-time information from individuals filing for unemployment insurance benefits. This data indicates an additional 17,000 individuals filed for UI benefits from 3/31/2020 to 4/13/2020.

Southeast Texas is working diligently to continue to support individuals and employers during this time. The board reassigned workforce staff to assist in our call center as our volume of calls and CHATS have increased, also. The board's website contains all the links to TWC for unemployment benefits and a COVID19 resource page for local employers and the general public. "There are jobs available and many employers, such as Target, Walmart, Christus, and Beaumont ISD, are hiring", stated Marilyn Smith, executive director. "We encourage individuals to continue to register in WorkInTexas.com, to secure employment. Workforce center staff are available to assist employers with their human resources needs."

Please utilize our Virtual One-stop, setworks.org, as we continue to provide support and services to Southeast Texas in the current Stay Home Work Safe environment.

Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at https://setworks.org/labor-market-information/ .

March Unemployment Figures*

Go to the Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI), site 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
Mar 2020
4.7%
7.5%
7.5%

6.2%
8.0%
7.0%
9.0%

6.6%
11.7%
Feb 2020
3.6%
5.5%
5.4%

4.4%
5.8%
5.0%
6.3%

4.9%
8.5%
Mar 2019
3.5%
5.2%
5.2%

4.5%
5.5%
4.9%
5.7%

4.9%
8.0%


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

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