Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - September 2019
September's employment data for Southeast Texas posted positive growth,
coming in at 5.3 percent for the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which
includes Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, and Newton counties. The data, as reported
through the Bureau of Labor Statistics, also indicated an increase of approximately
2,000 workers in the covered labor force from August.
The Goods-Providing supersector posted growth of 300 jobs in Mining,
Logging and Construction and 100 jobs in Manufacturing in Southeast Texas.
In the Government sector, the increase of 1,400 jobs can be attributed to
teachers and other educational staff going back to work in the new school year.
The following industry sectors held a steady job growth during September:
Professional Business Services
Education and Health Services
According to the recent Texas Workforce Commission press release, Texas currently
has the lowest unemployment rate since 1976, 3.4 percent, seasonally adjusted.
Overall, Professional and Business Services add 9,600 jobs statewide and construction
added 7,200 jobs.
Detailed labor market information and reports, including wages per industry sector for Southeast Texas, are available at
September 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.