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Press Release – Southeast Texas Labor Market Update: Unemployment Rate down in March

Labor market data released today from the Texas Workforce Commission indicates the March 2021 unemployment rate fell to 10.8 percent for the Beaumont-Port Arthur metropolitan area (MSA), down 1 percent from February’s rate of 11.8 percent. The MSA includes Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, and Newton counties.

Area
Texas
Beaumont-Port Arthur
Southeast Texas

Hardin County
Jefferson County
Orange County
Newton County

Beaumont
Port Arthur

Mar 2021
7.2%
10.8%
10.8%

8.7%
11.5%
10.1%
11.5%

10.1%
17.4%

Feb 2020
7.5%
11.8%
11.8%

9.6%
12.6%
11.1%
12.3%

10.8%
15.6%

Mar 2020
5.1%
8.0%
7.9%

6.4%
8.5%
7.3%
9.4%

7.1%
9.6%

There was positive job growth in several Southeast Texas industry sectors:

Industry Sector Job Increase
Mining, Logging, and Construction 1400
Manufacturing 400
Leisure and Hospitality 400
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 300
Professional and Business Services 200
Government 100

The Mining, Logging, and Construction industry sector saw the largest gains with an increase of 1,400 jobs. Both Manufacturing and Leisure and Hospitality had job gains of 400. Here are the remaining industries that showed job growth in March: Trade, Transportation, and Utilities, 300; Professional and Business Services, 200; and Government, 100.

Education and Health Services and Other Services industry sectors both posted a loss of 100 jobs. Information and Financial Activities sectors remained unchanged from February.

“We’re pleased with the overall reduction in the unemployment rate for March”, stated Mary Hammon, executive director. “We hope that the trend continues for our area moving forward.”

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.