Rockwall County has added 844 jobs during the past year, with the April employment numbers at their highest level for the month this century.

Unfortunately, the county’s jobless figures rose by more than 500 people during the same time frame, according to a report issued May 21 by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Rockwall County’s unemployment rate was listed at 7.6 percent in April, the same as in March, and well above the 6.5 percent rate during April 2009.

There were 36,498 people listed as employed in the county during April, 364 more than in January and 844 more than 12 months earlier. There were more people working in Rockwall County last month than during any April since at least 2000.

There were 2,990 people listed as unemployed in Rockwall County last month, representing an increase of 22 people from March and 511 people from April 2009. There were also more people looking for work in the county last month than during any April since 2000.

Rockwall County is listed by the TWC as part of the Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division, which also includes Dallas, Collin, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, and Kaufman counties.

Kaufman County recorded the division’s highest April unemployment rate, at 9 percent, while Dallas County posted 8.7 percent unemployment during the month.

Hunt County reported 8.4 percent unemployment, Delta County recorded 8.3 percent unemployment and Ellis County reported 8.1 percent unemployment during April.

Denton County reported the division’s lowest unemployment rate last month, at 7.4 percent. Collin County also recorded 7.6 percent unemployment during April.

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