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:
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.
|Mining, Logging and Construction
|Leisure and Hospitality
|Education and Health Services
|Professional and Business Services
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
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.
*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.