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August 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 6
Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - July 2019
Southeast Texas' unemployment rate for July 2019 ticked up .4 percent to 6.0, as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Data also indicated a slight decrease in the number of workers in the Covered Labor Force (CLF) which may be attributed to seasonal employment and temporary workers in various sectors. Lauren Van Gerven, labor market analysts for the workforce board, attributes the sharp decline in employment in the education industry sector (Government/Local) to 10-month teacher contracts expiring during the summer months.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data also indicated several local industry sectors maintained employment levels in the Southeast Texas economy:
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale Trade
  • General Merchandise Stores
  • Information
  • Financial Activities
  • Professional Business Services
The Texas unemployment rate held steady at 3.4 percent and is currently the lowest rate since tracking began in 1976 according the state's press release. Over 323,000 thousand jobs have been added to the economy, state-wide, since January 2019. The top industries for job growth include Leisure and Hospitality, Construction, and Education and Health Services.

Employment by Industry and other local Labor Market data, including historical employment rate data is available on our website, at this link https://setworks.org/labor-market-information/ .

July 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
July 2019
3.7%
6.0%
6.0%

5.0%
6.4%
5.6%
6.9%

5.5%
9.2%
June 2019
3.6%
5.6%
5.6%

4.8%
5.9%
5.1%
6.2%

5.3%
8.2%
July 2018
4.1%
6.3%
6.3%

5.6%
6.6%
5.8%
6.8%

5.7%
9.6%


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

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