Rockwall County lost thousands jobs because of shutdowns and layoffs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The county was registering a possibly record unemployment rate during April, according to a report issued May 23 by the Texas Workforce Commission.
Rockwall County’s unemployment rate rose from 4.3 percent in March to 11.8 percent in April. The rate was the highest for the county since at least 1990, which is as far back as the report goes. Rockwall County reported 7.2 percent unemployment in April 2010.
Unemployment in Rockwall County was reported at 2.7 percent in April 2019. There were 42,513 people listed as employed in the county last month, a loss of 7,243 jobs since March and 7,508 jobs since April of last year.
The total number of people employed in the county was the lowest for the month since 2014, when 41,355 people were reported on the job.
A total of 5,899 people had filed for unemployment in the county during April, an increase of 3,670 people since March and 4,533 people since April 2019. It was the highest seen in the county during April since at least 1990.
A total of 2,845 people reported for unemployment in April 2010.
The county’s civilian labor force decreased by 3,773 people between March and April and 3,215 people during the 12-month period.