Following the reopening of the Texas economy in May, unemployment claims in Hays County have dropped by about 60% since April, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Data released by the TWC on June 8 shows 3,851 residents in Hays County filed an unemployment insurance claim between April 29-May 30, a number that dropped significantly from a previous report in April.

During the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic—between March 18-April 18—nearly 10,000 residents in the county filed for unemployment benefits, and that number has been cut by 61.32%.

In early April, the city of San Marcos alone reported 4,396 unemployment claims. Now, that number is higher than the number of claims filed in the entire county, according to TWC data.

The city of San Marcos accounts for the highest unemployment claims in Hays County with 1,770 residents seeking jobless benefits, but it is also the city with the highest population in the county.

Top unemployment claims by industry include full- and limited-service restaurants, colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, hotels and motels.

Here are the unemployment insurance claims by city in Hays County from April 29-May 30.

  • San Marcos: 1,770 unemployment insurance claims

  • Buda: 594 unemployment insurance claims

  • Dripping Springs: 264 unemployment insurance claims

  • Driftwood: 57 unemployment insurance claims

  • Kyle: 912 unemployment insurance claims

  • Wimberley: 186 unemployment insurance claims