Record unemployment

After a few months where the local employment statistics were showing some improvement, the region ended the summer with a significant jump in jobless figures.

After a few months where the local employment statistics were showing some improvement, the region ended the summer with a significant jump in jobless figures.

• Rockwall County posted record unemployment last month as the unemployment rate more than doubled from where it was one year earlier.

More than 2,100 people lost their jobs between August and September, according to a report issued Oct. 16 by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Rockwall County’s unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in September, up from 5.2 percent in August and also above the 3 percent rate reported in September 2019.

The unemployment rate was the highest reported for the county during September since 2011 when 7.2 percent unemployment was recorded.

There were 49,455 people reported as employed in the county during September, representing a decrease of 1,178 jobs since August and a reduction of 1,500 positions from the same point in 2019.

A total of 3,268 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Hunt County during September, the highest ever recorded for the month and an increase of 500 people since August, and 1,666 more than in September of last year.

The county’s civilian labor force lost 678 people between August and September but had added 146 people during the 12 months.

• Hunt County’s unemployment rate was reported at 6.8 percent last month, up from 5.7 percent in August, as well as the 3.4 percent rate reported in September 2019.

The unemployment rate was the highest reported for the county during September since 2013 when 7.1 percent unemployment was recorded.

There were 41,001 people reported as employed in the county during September, representing a decrease of 1,019 jobs since August and a reduction of 1,159 positions from the same point in 2019.

A total of 3,006 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Hunt County during September, an increase of 453 people since August, and 1,510 more than in September of last year.

The September jobless numbers were the highest in the county for the month since 2012 when 3,113 people were reported unemployed in the county.

The county’s civilian labor force lost 566 people between August and September but had added 251 people during the 12 months.

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