July 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
Southeast Texas unemployment rate of 11.9 percent reflected a slight improvement from
June's rate of 12.5 percent. Data from the Texas Workforce Commission indicates as
many as 20,000 individuals in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin and Newton counties remain
unemployed in July. The majority of employment is related to the effects of the
July 2020 Southeast Texas MSA Labor Force Statistics|
|Civilian Labor Force
Overall, industries throughout the Service Providing supersector, Retail Trade including
General Merchandising Stores and Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities, remained steady
in July. Jobs in the Information industry sector along with Professional Business Services
and Other Services also remained steady. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data indicated job
losses in Manufacturing, Mining, Logging and Construction, Education and Health Services,
and Government sectors in Southeast Texas. Leisure and Hospitality and Retail Trade current
employment statistics indicated job growth of 300 and 100 respectively.
"Southeast Texans have been challenged with natural disasters, the on-going pandemic, and
other incidents which adversely affected our livelihoods. However, we are resilient and
determined, as a community, to support one another, and build our economy while keeping
our community safe from the spread of COVID-19", stated Marilyn Smith, executive director.
"We encourage all citizens to adhere to the advice and guidance from our local elected
officials. Also, visit our website, setworks.org,
for employment opportunities and labor
market updates. Workforce Solutions is here to serve you."
In July, the state of Texas, as reported by TWC on August 21st, added 31,400 jobs to
the economy and experienced a decrease to the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate
to 8.0 percent. The decrease in the state's overall unemployment rate indicates
"Texas employers are hiring", according to a statement released by Aaron Demerson,
TWC Commissioner Representing Employers. Texas' unemployment rate remains below the
national seasonally-adjusted rate of 10.2 percent.
Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at
July Unemployment Figures*
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*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.