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