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December 22, 2012

One Merry Christmas forjob seekers

More than 160 Hunt County residents received early and Merry Christmas presents of new jobs, as the local unemployment rate dipped significantly last month.

It was the fifth straight month of a declining jobless rate in the county — the rate has dropped more than three percentage points since summer — and the lowest rate reported in four years. More people were employed in Hunt County in November than at any other November this century, according a report issued Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

The unemployment rate for November in Hunt County fell to an even 6 percent, down from 6.9 percent in October, 7.6 percent in September, 8.4 percent in August, 9.2 percent in July and 9.4 percent in June. Unemployment in Hunt County was at 7.6 percent in November 2011.

Last month’s jobless rate was the lowest in the county since 6.1 percent unemployment was recorded in November 2008.

There were 38,435 people reported employed in November, 164 more than in October. Hunt County has added 1,025 jobs in the past 12 months.

There were 2,470 people listed as unemployed across the county last month, a decrease of 387 people since October and 588 fewer than in November 2011.

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

Delta County posted the division’s highest November unemployment rate, at 7.5 percent.

Dallas County reported 6.2 percent unemployment in November, Kaufman County recorded 6.1 percent unemployment and Ellis County tied with Hunt County in recording 6 percent unemployment last month.

Denton and Collin counties tied with the lowest November unemployment rate in the division, at 5.2 percent, followed close behind by Rockwall County at 5.4 percent unemployment last month.

Among other nearby counties, Fannin County posted a 7.4 percent unemployment rate during November, Hopkins County 5.2 percent, Lamar County 7.9 percent, Rains County 6.5 percent and Van Zandt County posted a 5.6 percent unemployment rate last month.

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