Record unemployment

Rockwall County’s economy lost some Christmas spirit as the Texas Workforce Commission reported hundreds of jobs were lost between October and November.

Rockwall County’s economy lost some Christmas spirit as the Texas Workforce Commission reported hundreds of jobs were lost between October and November.

The jobless numbers in Rockwall County were the highest ever seen during November, in contrast to one year ago when the county had more people on the job than during any previous November on record.

• The Texas Workforce Commission report, issued Dec. 18, indicated Rockwall County had an unemployment rate that rose to 6 percent in November, from 4.9 percent in October, and well above the 2.9 percent rate posted in November 2019.

The rate was the highest reported in the county for the month since November 2011, when unemployment rose to 6.4 percent.

There were 49,602 people reported employed in the county last month, representing a loss of 255 jobs since October and 1,761 jobs lost since November 2019.

A total of 3,146 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Rockwall County during November, an increase of 561 people since October, and 1,594 more than in November of last year. The jobless figure was the highest ever reported for the month. The closest previous figure came in 2009, as 3,004 people were reported looking for employment in Rockwall County when the unemployment rate was at 7.7 percent.

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