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June 21, 2014

County jobless numbers rise slightly

GREENVILLE — The local unemployment rate rose a bit during May, as the number of jobs being created failed to keep up with an increased demand for work.

More than 100 jobs were added in Hunt County between April and May, more people were on the job last month than during any other May this century and the Hunt County unemployment rate was at its lowest level for the month in six years, according to a report released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Hunt County was listed with a 5.3 percent unemployment rate last month, an increase from the 4.7 percent unemployment reported in April, but well below the 6.8 percent unemployment rate recorded during May 2013.

The rate was the lowest for the month since May 2008, which saw 4.9 percent unemployment locally. Unemployment was reported at 4.1 percent in May 2000.

There were 38,638 people reported employed in the county last month, the highest number of people reported as on the job locally during May so far this century. The figure also represented an increase of 118 jobs since March and 1,262 jobs since May 2013.

A  total of 2,149 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Hunt County during May, an increase of 250 people since April, but 579 fewer than in May of last year. The numbers were the lowest reported locally for the month of May since 2008.

The county’s overall labor force rose by 368 people from month to month.

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.

Rockwall County reported the division’s lowest unemployment rate in May, at 4.3 percent; Denton County reported 4.6 percent unemployment, and Collin County posted 4.7 percent unemployment.

 Ellis County recorded a 5 percent unemployment rate last month, Kaufman County reported 5.1 percent unemployment in May, Dallas County recorded 5.4 percent unemployment and Delta County posted 7.9  percent unemployment last month.

Among other nearby counties, Fannin County posted a 6.4 percent unemployment rate during May, Hopkins County 4.3 percent, Lamar County 5.9 percent, Rains County 5 percent and Van Zandt County listed a 4.7 percent unemployment rate during May.

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