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Press Release – August unemployment rate for Southeast Texas falls to 7 percent

The Southeast Texas unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in August, down from its July rate of 7.3 percent. There were no industry job losses recorded for August, according to the Current Employment Statistics report from Texas Workforce Commission. The following industries experienced job gains: Mining, Logging, and Construction (300); Education and Health Services (200); Professional and Business Services (100) and Other Services (100). All other industry sectors remained unchanged.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Aug 2022
4.2%
7.1%
7.0%

5.9%
7.4%
6.7%
7.7%

6.6%
10.3%

Jul 2022
4.3%
7.4%
7.3%

6.2%
7.7%
7.0%
8.0%

6.6%
11.0%

Aug 2021
5.5%
9.5%
9.4%

8.0%
9.9%
9.0%
10.0%

9.5%
12.7%

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Industry Sector Monthly Increases Monthly Decreases
Mining, Logging, and Construction 300
Education and Health Services 200
Professional and Business Services 100
Other Services 100
Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission

“We invite employers to subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up with the latest labor market information and events,” said Mary Hammon, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. “We have some exciting opportunities coming up that we encourage you to participate in!”

Employers can subscribe to the newsletter by visiting newsletter.setworks.org and clicking the Subscribe to Newsletter button at the bottom of the page. A job fair schedule is included in the newsletter and is also available on the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas website at setworks.org/job-fairs/

Our Hiring Red, White & You event, scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, at the Beaumont Event Centre from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. is a job fair that connects veterans, transitioning military members, and military spouses to employers. All job seekers are welcome to attend. Employers interested in participating at no charge can contact Alysha Hill at (409) 962-1236. They can also register by visiting hrwy.planningpod.com

Job seekers can register for Hiring Red, White & You by visiting here.

Workforce Solutions is accepting sponsors for its 2023 Youth Career Expo that is set to take place Thursday, February 2, 2023, at Ford Park in Beaumont. This is the largest event targeted for high school students in Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin counties and also sees the participation of schools from outlying counties in the Southeast Texas labor shed. Businesses, colleges, and training institutions engage more than 2,500 students with hands-on exhibits demonstrating various careers and industries. Businesses interested in sponsoring the 2023 Youth Career Expo can contact Pamela Wise at (409) 719-4752 or visit setworks.org/sponsorship-form/. If your company is interested in participating as an exhibitor contact Kevin King at (409) 719-4756.

For more information about Workforce Solutions Southeast Employer Services, please visit setworks.org/for-your-business or call 1-877-834-5627 to speak to a representative.

Detailed, local employment data is available on our website for your convenience. Please contact Kevin King, LMI and Workforce Analyst, 409-719-4756, if you have questions or require additional labor market information for Southeast Texas.

Subscribe to Workforce Solutions’ podcast – Southeast Texas Works! on Google, Apple, Spotify, or Stitcher to hear the latest on economic development, job projections, funding for small businesses, and how to keep pace with workforce training requirements. The podcast is also available on our website at setworks.org/podcasts/.