WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
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June 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 4
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."

For more labor market data, please visit our website at this link: https://setworks.org/labor-market-information/ or call Lauren Van Gerven at 409-719-4756 for more information.

May 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
May 2019
2.9%
4.5%
4.5%

3.8%
4.8%
4.2%
5.0%

4.3%
7.0%
Apr 2019
3.0%
4.5%
4.5%

3.8%
4.8%
4.2%
5.0%

4.3%
6.8%
May 2018
3.6%
5.6%
5.6%

4.8%
5.9%
5.4%
6.2%

5.4%
8.0%


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

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