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Beaumont Police investigate major accident
KFDM News - by Kristina Coble

Beaumont Police and first responders are investigating an accident that sent several people to the hospital.

Just before 8:30 Friday night, police and firefighters were called out to the Southbound lanes of Highway 69 just before the 105 Bridge in Beaumont.

We are told at least one vehicle was overturned.

Several people were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No word on the cause of the accident.

Southeast Texas unemployment rate drops to 6.2; Texas at 4.2

BEAUMONT  --  The unemployment rate for Southeast Texas fell to 6.2 percent in March, the lowest level in over eight years and a drop of 3.4 points since a year ago when the unemployment rate stood at 9.6 percent. 

The rate brings Southeast Texas unemployment rates to pre-recession levels of early 2007, figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission showed.

There were also 7,470 more people employed in Southeast Texas in March than in March of 2014.

Jefferson County's unemployment rate stood at 6.5 percent.  

The county had 104,089 people employed, down slightly from the two previous month.  Jefferson County added 3,144 jobs from March 0f 2014 to March 2015-- a growth rate of 3.1 percent.

Orange County's unemployment rate dropped to 6% with 1311 new jobs year over year. and 35,70 people employed.

Hardin County had the lowest unemployment in the Golden Triangle with 5.2 percent up slightly from February's 5.1 percent.  The county added 742 jobs year over year.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.2 percent in March, down from 4.3 percent in February. The state has not seen a rate this low since July 2007 and Texas continues to trend below the national average of 5.5 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission said in a press release.

Texas’ total nonfarm seasonally adjusted employment decreased by 25,400 jobs in March’s preliminary estimate. This comes on the heels of an impressive string of 53 straight months of job growth for the state. Over the year, the state has added 327,500 jobs for an overall growth rate of 2.9 percent, outpacing the national growth rate of 2.3 percent.

The Mining and Logging industry, which includes oil and gas employment, saw a decline in March with the loss of an estimated 2,800 jobs statewide.

The Education and Health Services industry added 3,400 jobs in March, followed in job gains by the Financial Activities industry which increased by 2,400 positions. Job gains were also experienced in the Leisure and Hospitality and Other Services.

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest March unemployment rate in the state at 2.9 percent, followed by the Amarillo MSA with a 3.0 percent rate and the Lubbock, College Station-Bryan and Austin-Round Rock MSAs at 3.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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

BBB's 'Shred It & Forget It' moves to front of Target Saturday

PORT ARTHUR -- The Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas has slightly moved it's 'Shred It &Forget It' to in front of Target and behind Tequila in Central Mall. The event was originally scheduled in front of JC Penny, but was moved as a precaution in case there is bad weather, says Debbie Bridgeman, business services and communication director for the BBB.

The Event is from 10am to 1pm.

Shred-It will provide mobile shredding trucks for the one-day event.  The BBB invites consumers to bring documents to be shredded for FREE, such as credit card statements, old checks, I.R.S. tax returns, and anything that lists personal information. 

Bring up to five boxes per vehicle.  (Box size is limited to a standard banker’s box, approximately 10 x 12 x 15 inches.)  

The BBB stresses the importance to shred your confidential documents; when improperly disposed of, they can lead to identity theft. 

“Shred It and Forget It” is brought to you by Shred-It, MCT Credit Union, Bill Clark Pest Control, and iHeartMedia.  Progressive Waste Solutions, Southeast Texas Water Conditioning, Chick-fil-A—Mid-County, Taylor Career Center, and Lamar University Rotaract provide additional assistance.  

For more information, 409/835-5348, 855/BBB-SETX, or

For details call 409-835-5951 x 117

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