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Press Release – December unemployment rate for Southeast Texas at 6.3 percent

The Southeast Texas unemployment rate for December increased slightly to 6.3 percent, up from November’s rate of 6 percent. According to the Current Employment Statistics report from Texas Workforce Commission, the following industries experienced job gains: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (400); Financial Activities (100) and Education and Health Services (100). The Mining, Logging, and Construction sector saw a decrease of 400 jobs, and the Professional and Business Services and Other Services sectors both saw decreases of 100 jobs respectively . All other sectors remained unchanged.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Dec 2022
3.6%
6.3%
6.3%

5.0%
6.7%
5.9%
7.2%

5.3%
10.8%

Nov 2022
3.7%
6.0%
5.9%

5.0%
6.3%
5.7%
7.1

5.3%
8.9%

Dec 2021
4.2%
7.6%
7.5%

6.5%
7.9%
7.1%
8.7%

6.1%
12.3%

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Industry Sector Monthly Increases Monthly Decreases
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 400
Financial Activities 100
Education and Health Services 100
Mining, Logging and Construction -400
Professional and Business Services -100
Other Services -100
Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission

“We are excited about the opportunity we have in 2023 to impact our community,” said Mary Hammon, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. “We are finishing up our preparation for our Youth Career Expo event, which will take place in February and introduce more than 2,500 students from local high schools to jobs available to them in various industries.” Through hands-on demonstrations by businesses, colleges, and governmental entities, students have a chance to learn about jobs that are available to them right here in Southeast Texas. “We are also planning for our Teacher Externship program, slated for June 2023,” Hammon continued. The Teacher Externship program allows teachers from local schools to visit company worksites and learn about careers in their respective industries and bring this information back to the students. Last year 17 employers and around 60 teachers participated. For more information about these two programs, email business@setworks.org.

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