Rockwall County added more than 1,700 jobs during the past year, as local employment rose to its highest level ever during August, according to a report released Sept. 20 by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The local unemployment rate was unchanged from month to month, fewer people were seeking employment, while the county’s total civilian labor force also was reduced slightly between July and August.

Rockwall County’s unemployment rate was listed at 3.2 percent in August, the same as in July and below the 3.3 percent unemployment seen locally in August 2018.

It was not the lowest unemployment rate seen for the month, according to the state agency, with the record set at 2.1 percent in 1999, when only 472 people were listed as unemployed in Rockwall County.

There were 50,002 people reported employed in the county during August, the most people ever reported on the job during the month. However, the total represented a decrease of 78 jobs since July, although the county was reported to have added 1,702 jobs since August 2018.

A total of 1,634 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Rockwall County last month. The total represented a decrease of 25 people since July, with 40 fewer people filing for unemployment than in August of last year.

The county’s total civilian labor force was listed at 51,636 people last month, representing a decrease of 63 people since July and an increase of 1,662 people since August 2018.

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