WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
Job Brief

September 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 7
September 2020 Labor Market Information Overview
The unemployment rate for Southeast Texas rose to 12.3 percent, up a full 2.2 percent from August which was reported at 10.3 percent. The increase in unemployment in the workforce development area may be attributed to factors such as the lingering recovery from Hurricane Laura, which hit Cameron, Louisiana and caused mandatory evacuations and business closures in Southeast Texas.

Job growth for September was led by the Manufacturing sector. Data indicates 600 jobs were generated in this sector which includes chemical manufacturing, petroleum and coal products, and plastics and rubber products manufacturing, just to name a few. The local and state government sectors added 800 jobs which are attributed to teachers, coaches and support staff in local school districts returning to work, post-secondary instructors and professors, and jobs in city and local government.

Education and Health services sector loss 300 jobs in September, also attributable to hospitals being unable to provide their normal array of services due to COVID-19, including elective surgeries. Job losses were also indicated in General Merchandise Stores as some businesses in the area have closed permanently due to the negative economic effect of the ongoing pandemic.

Although the UI rate for Texas rose in September to 8.3 percent, state officials point to a net gain in jobs. The Leisure and Hospitality sector added 23,600 jobs, Government added 5,400 jobs, and Professional and Businesses Services added 4,000 jobs.

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

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.

Area

Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur
Sept
2020

8.3%
12.5%
12.5%

9.9%
13.3%
12.0%
12.3%

12.6%
17.2%
Aug
2020

7.0%
10.3%
10.3%

8.2%
11.1%
9.6%
10.0%

10.5%
14.3%
Sept
2019

3.4%
5.4%
5.4%

4.4%
5.8%
5.1%
6.0%

5.3%
7.8%


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

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