WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
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November 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 9
Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - October 2019
Southeast Texas posted an unemployment rate of 5 percent for the month of October according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Inside the Southeast Texas workforce development area, the good news on the employment front is highlighted by the City of Port Arthur which posted a 6.5 percent unemployment rate, down by 1 full percentage from September. "This is a welcome sign of economic health for many individuals, being able to find work where their skills and experience are valued," commented Marilyn Smith, executive director.

The Goods Producing supersector in Southeast Texas posted a negative overall job growth in October. Mining, Logging and Construction gained 300 jobs, however, Manufacturing showed a decrease of 500 jobs. In the Service Providing supersector, a mix of employment activity helped to push the WDA unemployment rate lower. Job gains were posted in Retail Trade, Leisure and Hospitality, Other Services and Government. Local government posted a gain of 700 jobs. Wholesale Trade and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities held a steady job growth rate from September through October.

According to the state's press release, Texas unemployment held steady in October at 3.4 percent, the lowest rate since data tracking began in 1976. Over 297,000 private sector jobs have been added to the economy this year. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities added 9,700 job in October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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

October 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
Oct 2019
3.3%
5.0%
5.0%

4.1%
5.3%
4.6%
5.4%

5.1%
6.5%
Sept 2019
3.3%
5.3%
5.3%

4.3%
5.6%
4.9%
5.8%

5.1%
7.5%
Oct 2018
3.5%
5.1%
5.1%

4.5%
5.4%
4.8%
5.5%

5.1%
7.3%


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

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