Milam jobless rate dips to 10.5%

Drop in unemployment mark accompanied by workforce losses
By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Milam County’s unemployment fell threetenths of a percentage point in April, measuring 10.5 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission announced.

Milam’s rate compares to a national rate of 9.5 percent and a statewide rate of 8.1 percent (rates not adjusted for seasonal work).

The county’s rate was based on a workforce of 11,281 with 10,099 working and 1,182 jobless. The 10.5 mark compares to a 10.8 rate last month and also in April 2009.

Since April last year, Milam County has lost 182 from its workforce, showing 11,463 in April 2009. Conversely, all neighboring counties showed gains in the total workforce numbers.


TWC Chairman Tom Pauken said the state’s results were mixed, with its rate rising one tenth of a point, but showing a 32,500 job-growth gain in nonagricultural employment. Pauken said Texas had its biggest employment gains in construction (10,600), mining and logging (2,800) and manufacturing (700).

“The Texas labor force is expanding at a record pace, and there is stiff competition for all these new jobs,” said TWC Commissioner for Labor Ronny Congleton.

Education and health services employment had gains of 14,800 for a total of 65,400 jobs over the past year. Employment in professional and business services increased for the fourth month in a row, gaining 7,900 jobs in April.

Amarillo and Midland tied for lowest rate in the state at 5.6 percent. McAllen-Edinburg Mission was highest at 11.1 percent.

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