March jobless rate improves
Milam County’s jobless rate showed improvement in March with a 10.8-percent rate. That was down from February’s 11.1 percent rate and January’s 11.7 percent mark. Milam’s unemployment rate in March 2009 was 11.3 percent.
Numbers f rom the Texas Workforce Commission showed Milam’s numbers based on a labor force of 11,224 with 10,010 working and 1,214 unemployed.
Milam’s rate compares with state and U.S. rates (not adjusted for seasonal jobs) of 8.2 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively.
The county rate hit a high of 11.8 percent last year. Milam’s labor force was its highest in July 2007 with 12,610.
Texas continues to fare better than the rest of the nation, showing a jobless rate two full percentage points below the national average.
Non-agricultural jobs grew by 8,500 positions in March and Texas has shown a gain of 32,500 jobs over the past six months.
TWC Chairman Tom Pauken said growth in industries such as manufacturing and mining and logging “are positive signs.”
Leisure and hospitality and education also showed strong job gains.
Lowest metro rate in the state in March was Amarillo at 5.6 percent. Highest was McAllen- Edinburg at 11.6 percent.