October 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
The unemployment rate for Southeast Texas improved to 10.0 percent for October,
down slight more than 2 percentage points from September's rate of 12.2.
The Goods Producing super sector, Mining, Logging and Construction posted the
largest increase in employment in October with 1,200 jobs, a 5.5 percent month-to-month
uptick from September. The Southeast Texas manufacturing sector added 900 jobs in
October, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In the local Service-Providing supersector, the Leisure and Hospitality sector
lead the positive employment trend with 500 jobs added in October. Education
and Health Services, Professional Business Services, and Retail Trade sectors
added a total of 600 jobs. Job growth was also indicated in Transportation,
Warehousing and Utilities and Other Services sectors.
"We can see the continuous improvement in our local economy as employers are
connecting to job seekers through virtual jobs fairs and hiring events",
stated Marilyn Smith, executive director. "Service offerings through the
workforce centers are designed to help employers hire safely and effectively.
Job seekers have access to online resources, including workshops and courses,
to help them stay in step with employment demands during the pandemic."
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Labor Market Information page for access to current and historical
employment data for Southeast Texas.
October Unemployment Figures*
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Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI),
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data regarding careers, educational training options and jobs.
*U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.