Beaumont-Port Arthur unemployment rate down slightly from last month, still up from 2016

The unemployment rate in the Beaumont-Port Arthur area is down slightly from February to March, but the area still has higher unemployment than it did at this point last year.

The Texas Workforce Commission released numbers Friday showing Beaumont-Port Arthur's unemployment rate at 7.9 percent in March, down from 8.1 percent in February, but still much higher than the 6.5 percent unemployment rate from March 2016.

About 163,200 people were employed here in March 2016, according to the Workforce Commission's statistics. That number is down to about 161,300, while about 2,500 more people in the Beaumont-Port Arthur workforce are without jobs than last year.

The numbers are down in almost every listed employment industry - all accept government jobs and mining, logging and construction.

Texas' economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

Read the full jobs report here.

For a look at the Beaumont-Port Arthur breakdown, read below:

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