Adding jobs

Hunt and Rockwall counties added more than 3,000 jobs between April and May, but the increase wasn’t nearly enough to alleviate the regions record unemployment, according to a report issued June 19 by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Hunt and Rockwall counties added more than 3,000 jobs between April and May, but the increase wasn’t nearly enough to alleviate the regions record unemployment, according to a report issued June 19 by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Hunt County’s unemployment rate was reported at 10.6 percent in May, down from 11 percent in April, but well beyond the 3.3 percent reported in May 2019.

The unemployment rate was highest reported for the county during May since at least 1990, which is as far back as Friday’s report went. The closest previous mark was 8.6 percent, reported in both May 2010 and May 2011.

There were 36,720 people reported as employed in the county during May, representing an increase of 1,395 jobs since April, but a reduction of 4,813 positions since the same point one year earlier.

A total of 4,356 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Hunt County during May, a decrease of 18 people since April, but 2,958 more than in May of last year. The April jobless numbers were also the highest in the county for the month since at least 1990. The closest previous mark was in May 2011, when 3,298 people were reported unemployed in the county.

The county’s civilian labor force added 1,377 people between April and May but lost 1,855 people during the 12-month period.

Rockwall County’s unemployment rate was reported to be 10.7 percent in May, down from 11.7 percent in April, but above the 2.8 percent rate reported 12 months earlier.

The unemployment rate was highest reported for the county during May, with the closest previous mark the 7.2 percent, reported in 2010.

There were 44.073 people reported as employed in the Rockwall County during May, representing an increase of 1,692 jobs since April, but a reduction of 5,766 positions since May 2019.

A total of 5,316 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Rockwall County last month, 343 fewer than in April, but 3,869 more than in May of last year. The May jobless numbers were also the highest in the county for the month since at least 1990.

 The closest previous mark was in May 2011, when 2,818 people were reported unemployed in the county.

The county’s civilian labor force added 1,692 people between April and May but lost 1,897 people when compared to May of last year.

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