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:
||Monthly Job Increase
|Mining, Logging and Construction
|General Merchandise Stores
|Education and Health Services
|Leisure and Hospitality
*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
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.
*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.