February jobless rate at 11.1%

Numbers show 1,000 fewer jobless than a year ago
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Milam County’s unemployment rate fell back to 11.1 percent in February, down from 11.8 percent the previous month.

Milam’s rate was based on a labor force of 11,219, with 9,976 working and 1,243 jobless. The unemployment number is 100 fewer seeking work than last February, which had a rate of 11.6 percent, but Milam’s labor force has shrunk by 338 since that time.

Milam’s labor force number is also down from a decade-long high of 12,610, recorded in July 2007, when work on Sandow 5 power plant was in full swing.

Neighboring Williamson County, where many Milam Countians have worked, is at 7.8 percent, a half a point below the state jobless rate average.

Lee County, at 6.9 percent was the only neighboring county that remained under 7 percent.

Falls and Robertson both showed rates well over 8 percent.

State, nation

Rates not adjusted for seasonal jobs show that the U.S. has hit 10.4 percent for joblessness, while Texas continues to fare better at 8.3 percent.

Non agricultural employment fell by 13,000 jobs in February, offsetting a January gain of 12,600 jobs.

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