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.
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
October Unemployment Figures*
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*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.