County continues to see steady job growth

Jan. 27—By Brad Kellar

Herald-Banner Staff

Rockwall County continued to see slow but steady job growth at the end of last year, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Unemployment in Rockwall County was 2.9% in December, down from 3.1% in November. The rate stood at 3.2% in December 2021.

The 58,675 people employed in Rockwall County during December was an increase of just two positions since November, but was 2,601 more than in December 2021. The December employment total was the highest ever recorded for the month in Rockwall County.

A total of 1,767 people filed for unemployment in Rockwall County during December, a decrease of 108 people over November.

Employment was strong across the state of Texas in December.

TWC indicated that Texas added 29,500 positions in December, reaching a total of more than 13.7 million nonfarm jobs in Texas.

December marked the 14th consecutive record employment high in Texas, after the state first surpassed the pre-COVID level in November 2021. The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the first time in three months to 3.9% in December, logging the first month the rate fell below 4.0% since February 2020.

"Texas leads the nation in offering businesses the freedom to flourish and grow," said Gov. Greg Abbott. "Our skilled and growing workforce is a magnet for job creators. I am proud that we've again hit a new historic high for total jobs, putting even more Texans on the path to prosperity. We live in a state of infinite possibilities, and in the legislative session ahead, we will continue working together to keep Texas the land of opportunity."