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Employment numbers improve as cutoff looms

Employment officials see light at the end of the tunnel after months of high unemployment as employers ironically search desperately for workers.

“We definitely have people going back to work,” said Kendra Ball, business and outreach manager at Workforce Solutions of North Texas.

“We are of course still having businesses reach out to us that are struggling to find employees, but we’ve never not had anybody looking for work,” she said.

Kendra Ball of Workforce Solutions North Texas

Ball said her office has seen a consistent decline in unemployment, pointing to the latest numbers compared to the same point in the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the 11 Texas counties her office covers, April unemployment was 5.6 percent.

“In the pandemic we were seeing 11 and 12 percent unemployment,” she said.

In Wichita County, April’s number was 5.7 percent compared to 11 percent in April 2020.