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September 2019 ι VOLUME 10 ι ISSUE 7
Southeast Texas Labor Market Information Overview - August 2019
The August 2019 Unemployment Rate for Southeast Texas was 5.9 percent, down slightly from July. Manufacturing, Logging and Construction industry lead the job growth in our workforce development area during August with 300 jobs added to the sector. Education and Health Services added 200 jobs with Professional and Business Services and Manufacturing each adding 100 jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Employment in several local industries remained steady including Information, Financial Services, and the General Merchandise Stores and Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities sectors. On the down side of the local spectrum, jobs were lost in Retail Trade, Leisure and Hospitality, and Other Services.

"We do not anticipate unemployment to increase significantly in Southeast Texas because of the flooding brought on by Tropical Storm Imelda. All industrial expansion projects are still on track, as far as we know", commented Lauren Van Gerven, LMI analyst for the board.

The state of Texas continues to generate job opportunities at a record pace with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate for August. The state's "robust" economy added 8,800 jobs in the Education and Health Services industry and more than 3,000 jobs in the Financial Activities sector. The August, non-seasonally adjusted, unemployment rate for the United States is 3.6 percent.

Companies with hiring needs are encouraged to sign up for the upcoming Fall Job Fairs and Hiring Events scheduled in October. Historical employment data for Southeast Texas is available on our website, https://setworks.org/labor-market-information/ .

August 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
Aug 2019
3.6%
5.9%
5.9%

4.8%
6.3%
5.4%
6.6%

5.6%
8.7%
July 2019
3.7%
6.0%
6.0%

5.0%
6.4%
5.6%
6.9%

5.5%
9.2%
Aug 2018
4.0%
6.2%
6.2%

5.3%
6.5%
5.8%
6.6%

5.7%
9.4%


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

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