Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - May 2019
Southeast Texas unemployment rate held steady through May at 4.5 percent
as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The data indicates a slight
decrease in the labor force which may have helped those job seekers looking
for work in Jefferson, Orange and Hardin counties secure gainful employment.
Job growth was led by Retail Trade, Leisure and Hospitality, Local Government, and
Professional and Business Services industries in the Service-Providing supersector.
Several local industry sectors showed no growth in jobs month-to-month including
Wholesale Trade, General Merchandise Stores, Transportation Warehousing and Utilities,
Information, and Other Services.
"Recent expansion announcements from our local refineries along with new business
growth gives all of Southeast Texas a positive outlook for employment in 2019",
stated Marilyn Smith, executive director. "We continue to collaborate with industry,
education and training providers to develop and implement effective initiatives to
prepare the local workforce to meet demands."
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May Unemployment Figures*
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*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.