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Press Release – Unemployment rate in Southeast Texas falls slightly to 7.4 percent in November

The unemployment rate for the Southeast Texas WDA fell slightly to 7.4 percent in November 2021, down from its October rate of 7.6 percent. Labor market data released today from the Texas Workforce Commission shows job gains in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (900); Professional and Business Services (300); Education and Health Services (200); Financial Activities (100); Leisure and Hospitality (100); and Government (100). The Information and Other Services sectors remained unchanged with no loss or gain. Mining, Logging, and Construction saw a decrease of 100 jobs and Manufacturing a decrease of 300.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Nov 2021
4.5%
7.4%
7.4%

6.5%
7.7%
7.1%
8.3%

6.9%
10.4%

Oct 2021
4.8%
7.6%
87.6%

6.6%
7.9%
7.2%
8.1%

7.9%
9.0%

Nov 2020
6.9%
10.3%
10.3%

8.2%
11.0%
9.8%
9.9%

10.0%
14.4%

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS)/Texas Workforce Commission and Bureau of Labor Statistics
Industry Sector Monthly Increases
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 900
Professional and Business Services 300
Education and Health Services 200
Leisure and Hospitality 100
Financial Activities 100
Government 100
Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission

“As the unemployment rate continues to fall in Southeast Texas, and our area’s economy rebounds, we are excited to see that Texas is still the premiere place for employers to conduct business with our state winning the Governor’s Cup for the ninth consecutive year,” stated Mary Hammon, Executive Director of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas. “We hope this prestigious accolade will attract even more employers to our state that we can build new partnerships with.”

The Governor’s Cup Award from Site Selection Magazine highlights top-performing states for job creation and capital investment. Texas was No. 1 for its total number of projects, reporting 781 projects in 2020. This is a record-breaking ninth year in a row that Texas has won this coveted award and the 17th overall win – more than any other state. For more information visit https://businessintexas.com/news/texas-wins-governors-cup-for-ninth-consecutive-year/

As the holidays and new year approaches, Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas continues it planning for the 2022 Youth Career Expo, slated for February 24th, 2022. The event is expecting more than 3,000 area high school students and more than 100 exhibitors in attendance. The purpose of the Youth Career Expo is to introduce area youth to career pathways through hands-on, interactive, demonstrations from employers and training providers. For more information, visit https://youth.setworks.org/

“We are excited to return to the in-person version of our Youth Career Expo in 2022,” Hammon stated. “This event is extremely important in shaping the workforce of the future, and we couldn’t do it without the support of our business partners. We want to wish them and everyone in Southeast Texas a safe and happy holidays!”

For more information about Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas weekly virtual job fairs, visit https://setworks.org/job-fairs/ or call 1-877-834-5627.

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/.