Beaumont-Port Arthur area unemployment fallsBeaumont-Port Arthur area unemployment fallshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=45342014-04-01T08:49:00Z2014-03-31T00:00:00Z

BEAUMONT-PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur’s unemployment rate dropped from 15.5 percent in February 2013 and 15.8 percent in January 2014 to 14.5 percent in February 2014, according to The Texas Workforce Commission.

Jefferson County saw a slight decrease in the unemployment rate, moving from 9.8 percent in January 2014 to 9.5 in February 2014. The February 2013 the rate was 10.5 percent.

Orange County saw a decrease as well, going from 9.5 percent in January 2014 to 9.1 percent in February 2014. The February 2013 rate was 10.5 percent.

Beaumont saw a very slight increase in unemployment, going from 8.0 in January 2014 to 8.1 in February 2014. The February 2013 figure was 9.4 percent.

“Cheniere LNG, on the Louisiana side of the river, will start moving into the mechanical stage from the groundwork stage, which will increase the need for different types of workers: pipefitters, combo welders, specialty welders, etc.,” said Ira McNeil, with Texas Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas.

Other projects are also underway such as Sempra Energy, Panera Bread, S&B in Nederland and others. Most of the large projects will be completed by 2015, which will cause the jobs to shift from mainly construction to permanent jobs.

Statewide, Texas employers added 37,600 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in February 2014. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent in February 2014, down from 6.5 percent in February 2013, and a full percentage point below the nation’s February 2014 unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

Professional and Business Services added more positions than any other major industry in February 2014, with 10,600 jobs added.

Read more at the Port Arthur News. For the full report, see the Texas Workforce Commission.

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