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Press Release – Southeast Texas Labor Market Update – Leisure and Hospitality and Construction industries continue to see increase in jobs

Labor market data released today from the Texas Workforce Commission indicates the Leisure and Hospitality and Mining, Logging and Construction industries continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area (MSA), the Leisure and Hospitality industry saw and increase of 500 jobs and the Mining, Logging and Construction industry an increase of 400. Job increases were also seen in Professional and Business Services (300), Education and Health Services (100), and Manufacturing (100). There was a decrease in jobs in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-100) and the Government sectors (-200), however. The Other Services, Financial Activities, and Information industry sectors remained unchanged in job numbers for June. The Beaumont-Port Arthur MSA unemployment rate rose slightly in June to 10.5 percent from its May rate of 9.7 percent.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Jun 2021
6.6%
10.5%
10.5%

9.2%
11.1%
9.9%
11.1%


9.9%
15.1%

May 2021
5.9%
9.7%
9.7%

8.3%
10.0%
9.2%
10.2%


9.2%
14.0%

Jun 2020
10.3%
14.6%
14.6%

11.8%
15.6%
13.8%
14.0%


14.9%
19.9%

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job growth was seen in the following sectors:

Industry Sector Job Increase
Leisure and Hospitality 500
Mining, Logging and Construction 400
Professional and Business Services 300
Education and Health Services 100
Manufacturing 100
Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics

“The Leisure and Hospitality industry continues to see job increases, as many people have resumed travel following the lifting of COVID restrictions and areas have opened back up to tourism,” stated Mary Hammon, executive director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. “While we did see a slight increase in the unemployment rate, we hope to see this number decline again following the expiration of Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and the return of work search requirements for those currently drawing unemployment.”

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.