The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

December 22, 2013

More people finding jobs

By BRAD KELLAR
Herald-Banner Staff

— More people were on the job in Hunt County last month than at any other November in the county’s history.

The county added more than 260 jobs between October and November and almost 900 jobs in the past 12 months, according to a report issued Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The local unemployment rate has been dropping steadily for the past five months and the jobless numbers are at their lowest for November in at least five years.

Hunt County was listed with a 5.8 percent unemployment rate last month, down from 6 percent unemployment in October and also below the 6.2 percent unemployment rate recorded during November 2012.

The rate was the lowest for the month since November 2007, which saw 4.6 percent unemployment locally.

There were 38,660 people reported employed in the county last month, the highest number of people reported as on the job locally during November so far this century. The November figure represented an increase of 263 jobs since October and Hunt County has added 895 jobs since November 2012.

A  total of 2,399 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Hunt County last month, a decrease of 60 people since October and 98 fewer than in November of last year.

The numbers were the lowest reported locally for the month of November since 2008.

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

Dallas County recorded the division’s highest unemployment rate last month, at 6.1 percent. Delta and Kaufman counties each posted a 5.6 percent unemployment rate in November and Ellis County recorded 5.5 percent unemployment last month.

Collin County listed 5.1 percent unemployment during November, while Denton and Rockwall counties tied for the region’s lowest unemployment rate last month, at 5 percent.

Among other nearby counties, Fannin County posted a 7.8 percent unemployment rate during November, Hopkins County 4.9 percent, Lamar County 7.3 percent, Rains County 6 percent and Van Zandt County listed a 5.6 percent unemployment rate last month.