Jobless rate jumps to 10.8%

By KEN ESTEN COOKE Reporter Publisher

Milam County’s jobless rate rose three-tenths of a percent in June to 10.8 percent. That showed a jump from 10.5 percent in May and the rate is the same as in June 2009, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) reported.

The county’s rate was based on a labor force of 11,262 with 10,044 working and 1,218 unemployed.

Milam’s labor force in June 2009 was 12,729.

Milam has remained above the 10- percent benchmark for 17 of the past 18 months.

Milam’s rate compares with a state rate of 8.5 percent and a U.S. rate of 9.6 percent (adjusted for seasonal jobs).

Statewide Texas showed job growth of 14,000 in June, for a total of 166,100 since the beginning of 2010.

“Texas employers in goods-producing industries added jobs, which included gains in manufacturing, construction and mining,” said Tom Pauken, TWC chair.

Education and health services industries recorded the highest job gains with 8,900 added, followed by professional and business services with 8,600.

Lowest metro rate in the state was Amarillo at 6.0 percent. Highest was

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