More than 6,000 Lake Conroe residents filed for unemployment in 1 month

(Graphic by Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Graphic by Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Graphic by Kaitlin Schmidt/Community Impact Newspaper)

More than 6,000 residents in the eight ZIP codes that make up Community Impact Newspaper’s Conroe-Montgomery coverage area filed for unemployment insurance between March 25-April 25, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.



The commission released a new interactive mapping tool in late April, which breaks down unemployment insurance claims at the ZIP code level. According to the data, 6,857 unemployment insurance claimants live in the Conroe and Montgomery area, which accounts for roughly 3.56% of the area's total population. By comparison, Montgomery County had 21,199 unemployment insurance claims, with accounts for roughly 3.47% of the county’s population.



According to the data, ZIP code 77304 had the most claimants, with 1,410 residents filing for benefits. ZIP code 77306 had the lowest number of claimants at 408.



Here are the number of unemployment insurance claimants for Conroe- and Montgomery-area ZIP codes per May 5 data as well as population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.




  • 77301: 1,187 UI claimants of a population of 36,857

  • 77302: 677 UI claimants of a population of 19,800

  • 77303: 695 UI claimants of a population of 21,432

  • 77304: 1,410 UI claimants of a population of 30,517

  • 77306: 408 UI claimants of a population of 13,190

  • 77316: 897 UI claimants of a population of 26,690

  • 77318: 590 UI claimants of a population of 16,000

  • 77356: 993 UI claimants of a population of 27,921



To file for unemployment insurance with the TWC, click here or call 800-939-6631. To view more than 484,000 job openings across the state of Texas, click here.

By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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