LMI Press Release

March unemployment rate for Southeast Texas decreases to 5.6 percent

BEAUMONT, Texas – The Southeast Texas unadjusted unemployment rate for March 2024 decreased to 5.6 percent, down 0.2 percent from February’s rate of 5.8 percent, according to data released by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This indicates that 5.6 percent of the workforce, a total of 9,373 people, in the three-county Southeast Texas region were engaged in seeking employment. In addition, over 6,000 job openings from different industries were available*.

wdt_ID Area Mar 2024 Feb 2024 Mar 2023
1 Texas 4.1% 4.4% 4.0%
2 Beaumont-Port Arthur 5.7% 5.9% 6.0%
3 Southeast Texas 5.6% 5.8% 6.0%
5 Hardin County 4.8% 4.9% 5.1%
6 Jefferson County 6.0% 6.1% 6.4%
7 Orange County 5.3% 5.7% 5.7%
8 Newton County 7.0% 7.1% 6.8%
10 Beaumont 5.4% 5.7% 5.6%
11 Port Arthur 8.1% 7.8% 8.9%

Current Unemployment Statistics (CES) provided by TWC report industry sector job gains and losses. All gains and losses are shown in the table below.

wdt_ID Industry Sector Monthly Increases Monthly Decreases
1 Government 200
2 Leisure and Hospitality 200
3 Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 100
4 Other Services 100
5 Financial Activities -100
12 Manufacturing -100
13 Mining, Logging and Construction -100
14 Private Education and Health Services -100
15 Professional and Business Services -100

Source: Current Employment Statistics (CES)/Texas Workforce Commission

Since March 2023, the unemployment rate has decreased by 0.4, and the local labor force has grown by 1,713 residents. The March 2024 unemployment rates for the Southeast Texas counties are as follows**:

  • Jefferson; 6.0 percent (down by 0.1 in February; down by 0.4 from March 2023)
  • Hardin: 4.8 percent (down by 0.1 in February; down by 0.3 from March 2023)
  • Orange: 5.3 percent (down by 0.4 in February; down by 0.4 from March 2023)

Employment estimates released by TWC are produced in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. All estimates are subject to revision. To access this and more employment data, visit texaslmi.com.

You can access the latest labor market data available for the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Area and even download raw data and graphs straight from the dashboard. In addition to the latest labor market statistics, the dashboard also includes information on job postings, skills demand and education, skills gaps, education pipeline trends, commuting patterns, and home values.

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