WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

June 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 5
May 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
The May 2020 unemployment rate for Southeast Texas was 17.8 percent, down slightly from April's rate of 18.2 percent for the workforce development area, the highest in our history.

As Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties businesses and workers manage under the new COVID-19 environment, several local industries experienced employment gains in May, the most significant increase occurring in *Leisure and Hospitality:

Industry/Sector Monthly Job Increase
Mining, Logging and Construction 100
Manufacturing 300
Wholesale Trade 200
General Merchandise Stores 100
Financial Activities 100
Education and Health Services 400
Leisure and Hospitality 3,400
Other Services 300


*Leisure and Hospitality supersector consist of Arts, Entertainment and Recreation (NAICS 71) and Accommodation and Food Service (NAICS 72).

The industries where jobs remained steady in Southeast Texas reflect essential and basic need for infrastructure support: Trade, Transportation and Utilities and Information.

"We encourage our job seekers to continue to contact Workforce Solutions for assistance with the reinstated job search requirements. Select employers in Southeast Texas are hiring and utilizing our Virtual Job Fair platform to effectively connect to and interview applicants", stated Marilyn Smith, executive director.

Texas Workforce Commission reported the Texas unemployment rate for May 2020 was 13.0 percent, below the national rate of 13.3 percent. Leisure and Hospitality led job growth in Texas, adding a total of 176,400 jobs.

Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at https://setworks.org/labor-market-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 2020
12.7%
17.8%
17.8%

14.7%
18.8%
17.0%
16.3%

17.7%
23.7%
Apr 2020
13.1%
18.1%
18.2%

15.7%
19.0%
17.5%
16.4%

17.7%
23.4%
May 2019
3.1%
4.9%
4.8%

4.1%
5.1%
4.5%
5.3%

4.6%
7.5%


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

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