May jobless is 11.7 % in Hays Co.

Hays County’s unemployment rate for May was 11.7 percent and between May 27 and June 27, 2,629 county residents applied for unemployment benefits.

The top industries those people represented are full-service restaurants, colleges and universities, limited-service restaurants, elementary and secondary schools and electronic shopping and merchandise houses.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission there are slightly more females (1,391) than males (1,292) who filed benefits claims within that time period.

Hays was 24th among the state’s top 25 counties in terms of unemployed residents who had filed for benefits. Harris County led that field at 80,070 and Travis County was sixth with 13,634 residents filing for unemployment insurance.

The county’s May unemployment rate was down from 12.8 in April.

In March, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the area, the county’s jobless rate was 3.9 percent.

The adjusted unemployment rate for Texas in May was 13 percent.

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