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Beaumont-PA jobless rate falls to near 9%



The November unemployment rate in Beaumont-Port Arthur was 9.2%, down from 9.8% in October and a 1% decline from the 10.2% rate in November 2011, according to the monthly labor market report released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.


Labor market information for Beaumont-Port Arthur


Comprehensive labor market information for Texas and individual cities and counties


Beaumont's unemployment rate in November was 8.4%, down from 9% in October and from the 9.6% rate in November 2011.


Port Arthur's jobless rate in November was 13.7%, down from 14.9% in October and the 15% rate in November 2011.


Jefferson County's unemployment rate in November was 9.5%, down from 10.3% in October and from 10.6% in November 2011.


The Orange County jobless rate in November was 9.3%, down from 9.6% in October and 10.2% in November 2011.


Hardin County's unemployment rate in November was 7.6%, down from 7.9% in October and from 8.5% in November 2011.


The number of people employed in Beaumont-Port Arthur in November was 170,700, up from 170,400 in October and 169,100 in November 2011.


The number of people who are unemployed in Beaumont-Port Arthur in November was 17,300, down from 18,500 in October and from 19,200 in November 2011.


Job categories showing the largest gains during the past year are mining/logging/construction (6.5%), financial activities (3.6%), and leisure/hospitality (3.5%).


The government job category in Beaumont-Port Arthur is down 7% during the past year.


AUSTIN — From Texas Workforce Commission - The Texas unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October and 7.3 percent at the start of 2012. The unemployment rate in Texas remains well below the national rate of 7.7 percent. Texas employers added 22,100 total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 278,800 jobs added over the year.


“Texas employers have added 278,800 jobs over the past 12 months with growth in 10 of 11 industry sectors during that period,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “TWC is committed to working with our local workforce development boards and other partners to deliver quality workforce solutions that contribute to economic success.”


Eight out of 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in November. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities led the way with 20,600 jobs added over the month—the largest monthly jump ever seen in that industry. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities has added a total of 69,600 jobs over the last year.


“Texas is showing sustained economic strength, and our unemployment rate is now the lowest that it has been since December 2008,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “For those Texans still looking for work, TWC can help. Visit to find a job that’s right for you.”


Leisure and Hospitality employment grew by 6,500 positions in November. This industry has now experienced growth for four consecutive months. Leisure and Hospitality has added 49,900 jobs since November 2011. Education and Health Services added 4,700 jobs over the month, totaling 45,700 jobs added over the year.


“Private sector employers continue to lead the way to growth and prosperity in Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Tom Pauken. “We’ve seen 266,400 private sector jobs added in Texas over the past year, and we’re maintaining a 3.0 percent annual growth rate.”


The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest November unemployment rate in the state at 3.0 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.6 percent, and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.1 percent (not seasonally adjusted).


Audio downloads from TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar on the latest labor market data are available at the following link:



Beaumont-PA jobless rate falls to near 9%

Friday, December 21 2012, 01:53 PM CST
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