Northeast Texas jobless rate slowly falling

– The latest jobless figures by the State of Texas show modest gains in the local workforce.

In Hunt County, the unemployment rate held steady in March at 8.9 percent, while several other area counties experienced a drop of between one to two-tenths of a percent.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, Hopkins County's jobless rate dropped from 7.3 to 7.1 percent, and Delta County dropped one-tenth of a point to 9.8 percent.

Among other nearby counties, Collin posted a 7.5 percent unemployment rate in March. Fannin County 9.7 percent, Kaufman County 8.9 percent, Lamar County 9.6 percent, Rains County 8.8 percent, Rockwall County 7.8 percent and Van Zandt County posted a 7.5 percent unemployment rate last month.