WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Unemployment in Wichita Falls and the surrounding area improved in December compared to November, but is still more than double or more the rates in pre-pandemic times the year before.

The rate in Wichita Falls is 7%, compared to 3% the year before.

The jobless number for the three county metro area is a combined 6.8% compared to below 3% the year before.

In other counties, the December rates ranged from a low of 3.6% for Baylor county to 7.3% in Wilbarger.

City and county officials there are hoping an expansion of production and employees announced for the Tyson packing plant will improve employment numbers in the future.

To view unemployment rates by county, click here.