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Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Beaumont fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2017 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Beaumont peaked in March 2010 at 11.7% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.6% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Beaumont unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1
Beaumont 7.5% -0.5 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Beaumont, Texas, National

Beaumont, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Beaumont, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Beaumont peaked in April 2011 at 21,753. There are now 8,760 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,484 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,509. Beaumont employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Beaumont, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Beaumont 12,993 -980 +1,481

Number of Unemployed Persons

Beaumont, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Beaumont
Unemployment Rate
Beaumont
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 7.5% 12,993
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 8.0% 13,973
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 8.1% 14,258
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 8.1% 14,202
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 7.8% 13,589
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 7.4% 12,905
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 7.1% 12,413
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 7.0% 12,179
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 7.1% 12,328
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 7.1% 12,359
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 7.0% 12,136

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.