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:
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.
- Wholesale Trade
- General Merchandise Stores
- Financial Activities
- Professional Business Services
Employment by Industry and other local Labor Market data, including historical employment rate data is available on our website, at this link
July Unemployment Figures*
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*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.