Rockwall County is heading into the holiday season with an abundant workforce, with more people on the job last month than during any previous October on record, according to a report from the Texas Workforce Commission.
Rockwall County reported an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in October, down from the 3 percent rate in September and also in October 2018.
The county’s unemployment rate was the lowest for the month seen for Rockwall County since 2000 when unemployment was at 2.7 percent. Rockwall County reported a record low unemployment rate for October of 2.2 percent in 1999.
There were 50,579 people reported employed in the county last month, the highest number of people ever reported as on the job locally during October. The figure represented an increase of 176 jobs since September and 1,550 jobs during the past 12 months.
A total of 1,505 people were reported to have filed for unemployment in Rockwall County during October, a decrease of 38 people since September, and 13 fewer than in October of last year. Rockwall County set a record low jobless number for October of 486 people in 1995.
There were 23,237 people reported as employed in the city of Rockwall during October, according to the report, an increase of 81 positions from September and 712 more than during October 2018.
There were 710 people reported as unemployed in the city last month, six fewer than in September and seven fewer than October 2018.
The city’s unemployment rate was reported at 3 percent in October, unchanged from September and below the 3.1 percent rate in October of last year.