Rockwall County saw its unemployment numbers rise during the months of May and June, but things are looking a bit better now that the local unemployment rate has tapered off, according to the most recent figures provided by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The county reported rate of 5.8 percent in May and 6.4 percent in June – the highest figure reported by Rockwall County in 11 months.

Recently, June has been the worst month for employment in the county, with unemployment rates of 7.0 in 2012 and 7.7 percent in 2011.

The local unemployment rate took a dip in July, as the county reported a rate of just 6.1 percent, largely due to an increase in the number of jobs (172) that was significantly larger than the number of people added to the workforce (47).

There were 2,592 people listed as unemployed during the month of July, down from 2,717 in June and more than 200 less than a year ago, when 2,794 reported as unemployed in July 2012.

The report shows 39,991 people employed during the month of July, up from 39,819 in June and an increase of 1,275 from a year ago.

 The labor force has increased by 1,073 over the past 12 months.

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

Delta County once again reported the highest unemployment rate in the division, at 7.5 percent, down from 8.3 percent in June.

Collin and Denton counties turned in the lowest rate – 5.8 percent – in the division, with Rockwall County just behind at 6.1 percent.

Kaufman County reported an unemployment rate 6.7 percent in July, followed by Hunt County at 7.1 percent.