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Press Release – Southeast Texas Labor Market Update: Employment Improves in Southeast Texas

Labor market data released today from the Texas Workforce Commission indicates the December 2020 unemployment rate at 11.0 for the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area (MSA), lower than the November rate of 11.8 percent. The MSA includes Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, and Newton counties.

Area

Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Dec 2020

7.1%
11.0%
11.0%

9.1%
11.7%
10.5%
11.0%

10.1%
16.5%

Nov 2020

8.0%
11.8%
11.9%

9.6%
12.6%
11.3%
11.4%

11.5%
16.4%

Dec 2019

3.3%
5.5%
5.5%

4.5%
5.8%
5.1%
6.4%

4.8%
8.8%

Positive job growth in Southeast Texas was indicated in several industry sectors:

Industry Sector Job Increase
Manufacturing 300
Trade, Transportation & Utilities 100
Professional and Business Services 200
Other Services 100

The December 2020 Current Employment Statistics (CES) data also indicates that several local industry sectors maintained steady employment throughout the end of the year which, in turn, appeared to further the recovery in the Southeast Texas economy. The Leisure and Hospitality industry which includes Food Service and Drinking Places (restaurants), Accommodation (hotels), Amusement and Recreation, maintained employment of 12,100 jobs. Other Southeast Texas industries maintaining jobs in December were Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade, General Merchandise Stores, Information, and Education and Health Services.

“The workforce centers have reported an increase in the number of employers recruiting workers by participating in virtual Job Fairs and Hiring events”, stated Mary Hammon, executive director. “Our goal is to remain flexible by utilizing effective Virtual services and information for employers and job seekers. We continue to offer limited in-person services in the workforce centers according to local, state, and federal guidelines.”

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