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Press Release – May unemployment rate rises slightly to 6.5 percent in Southeast Texas

The unemployment rate for the Southeast Texas WDA rose slightly to 6.5 percent for May 2022, increasing from its April rate of 6.3 percent. The following industries experienced job gains: Mining, Logging, and Construction (500); Leisure and Hospitality (200); and Education and Health Services (100). In the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities industry, there was a declination of 300 jobs while the Government industry saw a loss of 200 jobs. Several industries remained unchanged including Manufacturing, Information, Financial Activities, Professional and Business Services, and Other Services.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

May 2022
3.8%
6.5%
6.5%

5.4%
6.8%
6.2%
7.3%

6.1%
9.1%

Apr 2022
3.7%
6.3%
6.3%

5.2%
6.6%
6.0%
6.9%

5.7%
9.3%

May 2021
5.7%
9.7%
9.7%

8.2%
10.2%
9.2%
10.7%

9.3%
13.6%

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Industry Sector Monthly Increases Monthly Decreases
Mining, Logging, and Construction 500  
Leisure and Hospitality 200  
Education and Health Services 100
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities -300
Government   -200
Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission

“We encourage job seekers and employers to utilize our website to learn about the many services that we provide including weekly job fairs, training assistance, career counseling, application preparation, resume development and much more,” said Mary Hammon, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas.

For a schedule of job fairs, please visit https://setworks.org/job-fairs/. Job seekers can also text SETWORKS JOBS to 1(409)248-1399 to receive notifications about all upcoming Job Fairs..

In June, around 60 educators and counselors from 7 area school districts experienced first-hand the many high-demand business and industry occupations available in the Manufacturing, Healthcare, and Maritime sectors through the Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas Teacher Externship Program. The educators will share the information they learned with their students planning post-graduation careers. The initiative is an innovative program that underscores and strengthens local workforce development alignment between education and industries with the aim to expand opportunities for employment. Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas partnered with 17 employers in the effort.

For more information about Workforce Solutions Southeast Employer Services, please visit https://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’ new 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 https://setworks.org/podcasts/.