Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - April 2020
The rate of job loss due to the COVID19 health crisis generated unpresented
unemployment rates for the entire US economy. In April 2020, Southeast Texas
rate reached historic highs at 18.2 percent for the workforce development area
(WDA). As many as 28,679 individuals in Jefferson, Hardin and Orange counties,
loss employment during April with almost every industry being negatively
affected by business closures, layoffs and furloughs due to the pandemic.
Additionally, Southeast Texas manufacturing sectors were doubly affected
by the downturn in the cost of oil which plummeted to previously unseen
lows in March and April. One industry sector, General Merchandise Stores
held steady at 4,000 jobs, from April to May, according to data from the
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
*Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) includes Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, and Newton counties.
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The state of Texas, which had experienced decades of low unemployment and strong economic
growth, lost over 1.2 million nonfarm jobs in April due to the pandemic. The state's
unemployment rate rose to 12.8 percent, below the national average of 14.7 percent,
according to the
TWC press release. It is important to note that statewide, General
Merchandise Stores and Grocery Stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters,
added over 16,000 jobs. "All over Southeast Texas, grocers, supercenters, and some
restaurant chains, are hiring", stated Marilyn Smith, executive director, Workforce Solutions.
"Local essential employers are hiring Deliver Drivers, Cashiers, Sales and Customer Service
Representatives, and Stock/Warehouse personnel, in addition to Healthcare Providers and
professional medical workers."
In a recent press event, Governor Greg Abbott referenced the number of jobs available
through WorkInTexas.com, the state's job bank, and encouraged unemployed Texans to
contact Workforce Solutions offices for assistance with applying for new opportunities.
In Southeast Texas, our Workforce Centers are providing support virtually, to job seekers and
employers. The board's website, www.setworks.org, is available 24/7, with job and career
tools and resources, for individuals, youth, and businesses.
Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at
April 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.