JobBRIEF June 2015 ι Vol. 6 Issue 6
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Latest Labor Market Statistics
May Labor Market Figures


Good news continues on the employment front for Southeast Texas WDA as unemployment rate for May held at 5.9 percent. Our metropolitan statistical area (MSA) which now includes Newton County posted a .1 percent increase from April 2015 to 6.0 percent. According to data from Texas Workforce Commission, the city of Port Arthur continues to show employment improvement with an 8.8 percent Unemployment rate for May, down from 9.1 percent in April.

Employment increases in the Leisure and Hospitality and Retail Trade industry, including general merchandise store sector helped to offset slight decreases in hiring in manufacturing, wholesale trade, and government sectors.

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Unemployment Figures*

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton

Beaumont
Port Arthur
May 2015
4.1%
6.0%
5.9%

5.0%
6.2%
5.8%
6.8%

5.4%
8.8%
Apr 2015
4.0%
5.9%
5.9%

4.8%
6.2%
5.7%
6.7%

5.3%
9.1%
May 2014
5.0%
7.5%
7.5%

5.9%
7.8%
7.5%
7.8%

7.3%
10.3%


*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 6/19/2015.
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