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Press Release – Unemployment rate in Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA drops to 8.8 percent for August

The Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent in August, down 1.1 percentage points from its July rate of 9.9 percent. This is the lowest the unemployment rate in our area since March 2020 (8.4 percent).

Labor market data released today from the Texas Workforce Commission shows job gains in the Mining, Logging, and Construction (800), Education and Health Services (200), Government (100) and Other Services (100).

There were decreases in two sectors: Leisure and Hospitality (-300) and Professional and Business Services (-300).

Several sectors remained unchanged including Manufacturing; Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Information and Financial Activities.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Aug 2021
5.3%
8.8%
8.8%

7.6%
9.3%
8.3%
9.0%

8.7%
12.0%

July 2021
6.0%
9.9%
9.9%

8.5%
10.0%
9.3%
10.3%

9.7%
14.0%

Aug 2020
6.9%
10.1%
10.1%

7.9%
10.9%
9.3%
9.8%

10.3%
14.0%

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Industry Sector Monthly Increases
Mining, Logging, and Construction 800
Education and Health Services 200
Government 100
Other Services 100
Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission

“With the unemployment rate continuing to decline, we see that Southeast Texans are returning to work,” stated Mary Hammon, executive director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. “Jobs are available. Employers are hiring. We encourage job seekers to visit our workforce centers in person and meet with a career specialist, or if they are more comfortable using our virtual services, chat with our workforce staff online by visiting our website. You can register for one of our weekly virtual job fairs. Either way, please take advantage of the resources we have available to help you get back to work.”

Employers and job seekers can call 1-877-834-5627 for assistance.

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/.