May jobless rate back to 10.1%

Local rate ticks up as Luminant project finishes
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

STATE SAMPLING COMPARISONS California, 11.5%; Indiana, 10.6%; Florida, 10.2%; Washington, 9.2%; New York, 8.2% STATE SAMPLING COMPARISONS California, 11.5%; Indiana, 10.6%; Florida, 10.2%; Washington, 9.2%; New York, 8.2% As expected, Milam County's jobless rate rose slightly as work nears completion at Luminant's Sandow 5 power plant. Milam's rate for May was 10.1 percent, up from 9.7 in March, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reported.

The county's rate was based on a labor force of 12,537 with 11,272 working and 1,265 unemployed.

This marks 4 of the past 5 months that Milam has topped the 10 percent mark.

Milam ranks 13th in the state for highest jobless rate, joining 12 others (listed below) with rates in double digits.

Milam's rate compares with a state rate of 6.9 percent and a U.S. rate of 9.1 percent (not adjusted for seasonal jobs).

Statewide

Texas recorded job losses statewide of 24,700 in May, making a net loss of 222,600 jobs in the past year.

But the state continues to fare better than the rest of the nation. The U.S. has recorded 5.4 million jobs lost during the same period.

Manufacturing and construction led in job loss categories. But education and health services added almost 6,000 new jobs during May. There was also job growth in sectors such as automotive, electronic, repair and maintenance.

"Texas workers are facing a tight job market as employers across most industries reported job losses," said TWC Commissioner for Labor Ronny Congleton.

Lowest metro rate in the state was Lubbock at 4.6 percent. Highest was McAllen-Edinburg at 9.4 percent.

COUNTIES ABOVE 10%: Presidio 15.8; Starr 15.3; Morris 14.9; Maverick 14.3; Sabine 14.0; Zavala 12.3; Reeves 11.9; Pecos 11.4; Cass 11.3; Willacy 11.3; Duval 10.3; Newton 10.2; Milam 10.1.


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