WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

July 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 6
June 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
The Leisure and Hospitality industry in Southeast Texas lead job growth and helped to improve the unemployment rate to 12.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in June, a drop of 5 percentage points from May's rate of 17.8 percent. Most of the hiring activity can be attributed to the Open Texas strategy, phased reopening of businesses in arts, entertainment, recreation, and food service sectors. The chart below outlines the local industry sectors with positive *job growth:

Industry/Sector Job Growth
Monthly Change
Manufacturing + 400
Retail Trade + 200
Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities + 100
Professional Business Services + 200
Education and Health Services + 900
Leisure and Hospitality + 1,000
Other Services + 300


*Employment estimates released by the Texas Workforce Commission; produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision.

Employers deemed as essential in the service-providing industries continued to recruit and hire, on a limited basis in Southeast Texas. The workforce centers assisted 19 employers and 140 job seekers through virtual job fairs and hiring events in May and June. Job growth remained constant in several industries including Mining, Logging and Construction, Information, and Financial Activities.

"We encourage our local businesses to continue to partner with Workforce Solutions and utilize our Virtual platforms, to recruit and hire workers. Workforce center staff are available to assist businesses, through our on-line tools, safely outreach and connect with individuals who are actively seeking employment", stated Marilyn Smith, workforce executive director.

Texas reported an 8.6 percent unemployment rate for June with as many as 243,900 private sector jobs added to the economy. The Leisure and Hospitality industry lead the state's job growth with 142,700 jobs added in June. The state's unemployment remains below the national rate of 11.1 percent.

Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at https://setworks.org/labor-market-information/ .

June 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
June
2020

8.9%
12.8%
12.8%

10.5%
13.6%
12.1%
12.3%

13.0%
17.4%
May
2020

12.7%
17.8%
17.9%

14.7%
18.9%
17.1%
16.4%

17.8%
23.6%
June
2019

3.7%
5.8%
5.8%

4.9%
6.2%
5.4%
6.6%

5.5%
8.7%


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

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