WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

September 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 7
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."

Please visits our Labor Market Information page for access to current and historical employment data for Southeast Texas.

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
2020

6.7%
10.0%
10.0%

8.1%
10.7%
9.6%
9.6%

10.0%
14.0%
Sept
2020

8.2%
12.3%
12.3%

9.8%
13.1%
11.8%
12.1%

12.5%
16.9%
Oct
2019

3.3%
5.1%
5.1%

4.2%
5.4%
4.7%
5.6%

5.3%
6.7%


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

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