DATA: More than 1,000 unemployment insurance claims filed in ZIP code 77304 in April

(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 April 1-May 2, 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, 6,293 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 19,269 unemployment insurance claims, which accounts for roughly 6.52% 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 11 data as well as population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • 77301: 1,072 UI claimants of a population of 36,857

  • 77302: 667 UI claimants of a population of 19,800

  • 77303: 614 UI claimants of a population of 21,432

  • 77304: 1,238 UI claimants of a population of 30,517

  • 77306: 397 UI claimants of a population of 13,190

  • 77316: 843 UI claimants of a population of 26,690

  • 77318: 537 UI claimants of a population of 16,000

  • 77356: 925 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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