Milam jobless numbers hover at 10.7%

More than 1,300 still jobless in Milam; state numbers rise
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Milam County's jobless rate dropped a tenth of a percentage point to 10.7 percent in July, the Texas Workforce Commission reported.

Milam's rate was based on a labor force of 12,681 with 11,323 working and 1,358 out of work.

Milam's rate one year ago was 5.3 percent. Alcoa announced the closing of Rockdale Operations at the end of September 2008. Milam has been above 10 percent for 6 of the past 7 months.

Neighboring Williamson County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation in recent decades, had a 7.8 percent jobless rate.

Lee County's rate was 7.3 percent, compared to 4.2 percent during July last year. Burleson was 7.5 percent, compared to 4.8 last year.


Texas recorded a gain of 37,900 nonagricultural jobs in July, but the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent as more people entered the workforce. The rate was 7.5 percent in June.

July marked the first time the labor force has totaled more than 12 million people.

The national rate compares at 9.4 percent (seasonally adjusted).

Job gains were noted in professional services, education and health services, construction, leisure and hospitality and financial activities.

Amarillo, which saw under 3 percent joblessness in the recent past, had the lowest city unemployment rate in the The border town of McAllen had the highest at 11.6 percent.

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