WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

December 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 11
November 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
Despite positive job growth in Mining, Logging and Construction and the Manufacturing industries in Southeast Texas for November, the unemployment rate rose to 11.8 percent, up from the 9.9 percent rate reported for October. The unemployment data comes to each workforce board in Texas from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

November data indicated several industry sectors in the Service-Providing supersector experienced positive job growth:
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
    • General Merchandise Stores
    • Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
  • Information
  • Financial Activities
  • Government
Southeast Texas ranks 14th among the 28 workforce development boards in Texas with 2,850 UI claims as of December 14, 2020. The Top Five UI Claim Industries for Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties are as follows:
  • Oil and gas pipeline construction
  • All other non-residential trade contractors
  • Industrial building construction
  • Commercial machinery repair and maintenance
  • Limited-service restaurants
"We expect fluctuations in the job market in Southeast Texas over the next few months", stated Marilyn Smith, executive director. "However, some of our industries are slowly increasing their staffing levels, such as retail and restaurants. Our staff continues to partner with various employers to recruit applicants via virtual job fairs and hiring events."

Please visit our Labor Market Information page for access to current and historical employment data for Southeast Texas.

November 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
Nov
2020

8.0%
11.8%
11.9%

9.6%
12.6%
11.3%
11.4%

11.4%
16.4%
Oct
2020

6.7%
9.9%
9.9%

8.0%
10.5%
9.4%
9.5%

9.9%
13.9%
Nov
2019

3.4%
5.3%
5.2%

4.4%
5.5%
5.0%
5.9%

5.0%
7.3%


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

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