More people were employed in Rockwall County last month than during any previous October on record, according to a report from the Texas Workforce Commission.
The local jobless numbers were among the lowest recorded in some two decades, while neighboring Hunt County was also reporting historically impressive employment statistics.
Rockwall County reported an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in October, down from the 3 percent rate in September and also in October 2018.
The rate was the lowest for the month seen for Rockwall County since 2000 when unemployment was at 2.7 percent. Rockwall County reported a record low unemployment rate for October of 2.2 percent in 1999.
There were 50,579 people reported employed in the county last month, the highest number of people ever reported as on the job locally during October. The figure represented an increase of 176 jobs since September and 1,550 jobs during the past 12 months.
A total of 1,505 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Rockwall County during October, a decrease of 38 people since September, and 13 fewer than in October of last year. Rockwall County set a record low jobless number for October of 486 people in 1995.
Hunt County reported an unemployment rate of 3.3 percent in October, unchanged from the rate in September, but below the 3.6 percent rate posted in October 2018.
There were 42,455 people reported employed in the county last month, a record for the month. The figure represented an increase of 144 jobs since September and 1,326 jobs during the past 12 months.
A total of 1,466 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Hunt County during October, an increase of 23 people since September, but 71 fewer than in October of last year. The jobless figure was the lowest for the month since 1998 when 1,293 people were reported unemployed in the county.