Milam jobless numbers stay at 10.7%

County workforce numbers drop by 1,300; state rate 8.5%
By KEN ESTEN COOKE
Reporter Publisher

JULY UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES JULY UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES Milam County’s jobless rate fell slightly to 10.7 percent in July, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Milam’s rate was based on a labor force of 11,341 with 10,125 working and 1,216 out of work.

Milam’s rate dropped one tenth of a point from June’s 10.8 mark. July’s 10.7 rate is the same in July 2009.

Milam’s workforce has dropped 1,340 to 11,341 from 12,681 reported last July.

Alcoa announced the closing of Rockdale Operations at the end of September 2008. Milam has been above 10 percent for the past 20 months, since January 2009.

Neighboring Williamson County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation in recent decades, had a 7.5 percent jobless rate.

Burleson County’s rate was 8.7 percent, compared to 7.5 percent last year.

Statewide Texas recorded a gain of 4,600 nonagricultural jobs in July, and the unemployment stayed at 8.2 percent. Rates are not adjusted for seasonal work.

Texas has gained 168,900 jobs since January, the TWC reported.

The national rate compares at 9.7 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

Job gains were noted in professional services and financial activities but the TWC said job gains were offset by losses in government jobs.

Midland, which has had 3 percent joblessness in the recent past, had the lowest city unemployment rate in the state with 5.7 percent, while the border town of McAllen had the highest at 12.3 percent. A LOOK AT TEXAS: IN JULY, 37 OF THE STATE’S 254 COUNTIES HIT THE 10-PERCENT BENCHMARK FOR UNEMPLOYMENT. • Bee 10.0, Brooks 10.9, Cameron 11.7, Cass 11.3, Chambers 10.8, Dimmit 10.5, Duval 11.9, El Paso 10.2, Falls 10.0, Hall 10.2, Hardin 10.2, Hidalgo 12.3, Houston 10.5, Jasper 11.6, Jefferson 11.3, Karnes 10.4, Liberty 11.2, Marion 10.8, Matagorda 12.3, Maverick 14.2, Milam 10.7, Morris 13.7, Newton 13.0, Orange 11.2, Presidio 18.3, Red River 11.5, Reeves 11.8, Runnels 10.5, Sabine 15.6, San Augustin 12.1, San Jacinto 10.0, San Patricio 10.65, Starr 17.6, Tyler 11.1, Willacy 14.4, Zapata 11.5, Zvala 17.8.


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