By BRAD KELLAR
Hunt County’s jobless figures remain at a five-year low and more than 140 additional workers found employment locally between February and March.
The county’s unemployment rate held steady from month to month, as the county’s workforce also expanded during the interim, according to a report issued Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Hunt County’s unemployment rate during March was reported at 6.3 percent, the same as in February, and below the 7.5 percent rate listed in March 2012.
There were 37,805 people listed as employed in the county during March, 144 more than in February and 1,057 more than twelve months earlier. More people were reported employed in Hunt County last month than during any other March this century.
There were 2,525 people filing for unemployment locally last month, 10 fewer than in February and 473 fewer than in March of last year. The number of jobless and the unemployment rate were the lowest for March 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 and Delta counties recorded the division’s highest March unemployment rate, each at 6.6 percent, while Kaufman County posted 6.5 percent unemployment during the month and Ellis County reported 6.4 percent unemployment.
Collin and Denton counties tied for the division’s lowest unemployment rate during March, at 5.7 percent, with Rockwall County listing a 5.9 percent unemployment rate last month.
Among other nearby counties, Fannin County posted a 9.2 percent unemployment rate during March, Hopkins County 5.3 percent, Lamar County 8.2 percent, Rains County 6.4 percent and Van Zandt County posted a 6 percent unemployment rate during March.