Unemployment dips to 9.7% in Milam
Milam County’s jobless rate in November fell into single digits for the first time in seven months for the first time since April and the second time this year since Alcoa’s massive layoffs took hold late last year, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.
Milam’s unemployment rate fell to 9.7 percent, down from 10.2 percent in October. In November 2008, the rate jumped to 6.6 percent, beginning a steady rise which topped out at 10.9 percent last January.
Milam County’s numbers were based on a labor force of 12,492 with 11,278 working and 1,214 jobless. Labor force in November 2008 was 12,411.
Statewide, the unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent (not adjusted for seasonal work), down from 8.2 percent the previous month, and well below the national average, which was 10.0 percent in November.
The Texas civilian labor force numbers grew to 12.1 million workers, the highest ever recorded. Still, Texan employers added 17,300 jobs in November.
“Job growth coupled with a lower unemployment rate indicate positive movement for Texas,” said TWC Chair Tom Pauken.
“But we know many Texans are still out of work,” TWC Commissioner for Labor Ronny Congleton added.
Amarillo had the lowest rate for the state’s metropolitan areas at 5.3 percent. Highest rate was McAllen-Edinburg-Mission at 11.2 percent.