Milam jobless rate steady at just over 10%

There are 36 counties out of 254 in Texas with a jobless rate of 10-percent or higher.

Joblessness has doubled in the past year in Milam County. The Texas Workforce Commission's August numbers showed unemployment at 10.2 percent for Milam, compared to 5.0 percent one year ago.

Last September, layoffs were announced at Alcoa's Rockdale Operations. Since that time, many temporary workers have also left town, having contributed to Luminant's Sandow 5 Power Plant.

Milam showed a labor force of 12,602 with 11,313 working and 1,289 jobless.

Last August's numbers showed a labor force of 13,119, the highest amount ever for Milam.

Milam's rate compares to a state rate of 8.0 percent and a national rate of 9.7 percent.

Statewide, Texas added jobs in health services and education. But the state lost 62,200 nonagriculture positions total for the month.

"Despite our strong Texas economic foundation, the national recession continues to have an adverse impact on our state," said TWC chair Tom Pauken.

"The employment situation in most industries was tough in August," said TWC Commmissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar.

Lowest unemployment rate in Texas was the Amarillo area at 5.6 percent. Highest was McAllen-Edinburg-Mission at 11.4 percent.

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