Milam jobless numbers up slightly to 10.9%

County workforce numbers still declining; state rate 8.4%
Reporter Staff Writer

AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES AUGUST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES Milam County’s jobless rate rose slightly to 10.9 percent in August, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Milam’s rate was based on a labor force of 11,149 with 9,937 working and 1,212 out of work.

Milam’s rate increased two-tenths of a point from July’s 10.7 mark. The 10.9 rate is the same as in August 2009.

The county’s workforce has dropped 312 to 11,149 from 11,461 reported last August. Milam has been above 10 percent since January 2009.

Burleson County’s rate was 6.7 percent, compared to 7.3 percent last year. Bordering Williamson and Lee counties were down slightly against August 2009 rates.

On the other end of the spectrum, Bell and Robertson counties’ unemployment rates were both up nearly a point compared to a year ago.

STATEWIDE– Texas suffered a huge drop in non-agricultural jobs in August with 34,200, and the unemployment jumped slightly to 8.4 percent, up twotenths. This was the second monthly decline, following six consecutive months of employment gains Rates are not adjusted for seasonal work. Texas has gained 129,100 jobs since August 2009 (when the unemployment rate was at 8.1 percent), the TWC reported.

TWC also said all major industries experienced positive annual growth in August with the exception of construction; trade, transportation and utilities; and information.

The national rate compares at 9.5 percent (not seasonally adjusted) to 9.6 the same time in 2009. In August 2008, the U.S. unemployment rate was at 6.1 percent.

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