Jobless rate jumps to 10.8%

Milam one of 34 counties above 10% benchmark
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Milam County's jobless rate rose again last month as the more temoprary workers completed their assignments at Luminant's Sandow 5 power plant. Milam's rate for June was 10.8 percent, up from 10.1 in May, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reported.

The county's rate was based on a labor force of 12,729 with 11,354 working and 1,375 unemployed.

This marks 5 of the past 6 months that Milam has topped the 10 percent mark. But it certainly is not alone. Thanks to the sluggish national economy, 34 counties in Texas topped the 10-percent benchmark.

Milam's rate compares with a state rate of 7.5 percent and a U.S. rate of 9.5 percent (adjusted for seasonal jobs).


Texas recorded job losses statewide of 40,600 in June, making a net loss of 266,300 jobs in the past year.

Hardest hit industries were trade, transportation and utilities, which shed 21,700 jobs in June, followed by Professional and business services.

Education and health services continues to lead the state in job growth by industry.

"While the national recession is having an adverse effect on employment here in Texas, our state jobless rate remains far below the national rate," said TWC Chairman Tom Pauken.

Lowest metro rate in the state was Amarillo at 5.7 percent. Highest was McAllen-Edinburg at 11.1 percent. A LOOK AT TEXAS: IN JUNE, THERE WERE 34 TEXAS COUNTIES ABOVE 10% UNEMPLOYMENT. OF THOSE, 16 WERE ABOVE 11%.

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