Milam unemployment numbers down to 10.3%

County workforce still declining; state rate falls to lowest in 2010
Reporter Staff Writer

SEPTEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES SEPTEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES Milam County’s jobless rate dropped almost half a percentage point at 10.3 compared to 10.7 this time last September, according to the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Milam’s rate was based on a labor force of 11,163 with 10,009 working and 1,154 out of work.

The county’s rate decreased threefifths of a point from August’s 10.9 mark. The workforce has dropped 274 to 11,163 from 11,437 reported last September. Milam has been above 10 percent since January 2009.

Bell County was the only adjacent county to see an increase in unemployment numbers compared to this time last year. They hold 7.4 percent jobless rate, compared to 7.0 in Sept. 2009. Falls County stayed the same at 9.5 percent in both September 2009 and 2010.

Burleson, Lee, Robertson and Williamson counties all showed declines in their unemployment rates compared to a year ago.

STATEWIDE– Texas’ unemployment rate dropped in September to 8.1 percent, down from 8.3 in August, marking the lowest it has been in 2010. It is also the same as it was during Sept. 2009.

Total nonfarm employment across the state was up by 3,700 jobs in September, representing the addition of 152,800 jobs in the last year, TWC reported.

“Texas continued to display strong job growth across many industries in September,” TWC chairman Tom Pauken said. “More Texans are back to work as ref lected in the lower unemployment rate.”

The Texas unemployment rate continued to trend well below the national rate for September at 9.2 percent (not seasonally adjusted). The national rate compares to 9.5 the same time in 2009.

Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 10,300 jobs representing the industry with the largest job gain over the month.

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