Milam County jobless rate back up to 10.8%

Reporter Staff Writer


Unemployment rates are on the rise throughout the state including Milam County, according to reports released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Jobless numbers rose to 10.8 in Milam County for November 2010, compared to 10.5 the same time last year.

The county rate was based on a labor force of 10,990 with 9,807 working and 1,183 unemployed. Milam’s numbers dropped fourtenths for the month, compared to 10.4 in October 2010.

The workforce in Milam County has declined 417 jobs compared to 11,407 in November 2009. The county’s unemplyment rate has been above the 10 percent mark since January 2009 and reached its highest, 11.8 percent, in January 2010.

AREA NUMBERS–Neighboring counties also saw an increase in their unemployment rates from October. Falls County joined Milam in doubledigit jobless numbers.

Most area counties saw threetenth to five-tenth increases for the month. Only Burleson County saw a slight increase with just a one-tenth jump.

STATEWIDE– On a good note, Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 19,100 jobs in November, representing the addition of 192,100 jobs in the last year. The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.2 percent in November and continued to trend well below the U.S. unemployment rate for November at 9.8 percent. The Texas unemployment rate has ranged between 8.1 and 8.3 percent during 2010. “Texas employers have added jobs in eight of the last 12 months, setting the pace for the rest of the nation,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Most industries recorded positive growth over the year.”

Professional and business services increased by 5,600 jobs in November, adding 61,200 positions from a year ago. Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 4,700 positions in November for a total job gain of 19,100 jobs since November 2009.

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