Milam jobless rate down slightly to end year

State unemployment rate well below nation’s 9.4%

* Rates not adjusted for seasonal jobs. * Rates not adjusted for seasonal jobs. Unemployment rates looked better at the end of 2010 across the state and in Central Texas, according to reports released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). Jobless numbers fell to 10.4 in Milam County for December 2010, compared to 11.1 the same time last year.

The county rate was based on a labor force of 10,919 with 9,783 working and 1,136 unemployed. Milam’s numbers dropped four-tenths for the month, compared to 10.8 in November 2010.

The workforce in Milam County has declined 455 jobs compared to 11,374 in December 2009. The county’s unemployment rate has been above the 10 percent mark since January 2009 and reached its highest,

11.8 percent, in January 2010.

AREA NUMBERS–Milam County remains in the double-digit jobless rate, but neighboring counties are under 10 percent for December.

Most area counties saw their jobless rates decrease three- to fivetenths from the previous month. Only Rober tson Count y saw an increase with a seven-tenths jump.

STATEWIDE–Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 20,000 jobs in December, representing the addition of 230,800 jobs since December 2009. At 8.3 percent for December, Texas unemployment remains well below the 9.4 percent U.S. unemployment rate for December. Annual job growth in Texas is also strong at 2.3 percent, as compared to the U.S. rate of 0.9 percent.

“ The annual job growth rate in Texas has steadily risen every month during the past 12 months and now stands at 2.3 percent for December,” TWC Chairman Tom Pauken. “Texas employers added jobs and our state ended the year with an increase of 218,200 jobs since January.”

January 11.8% July 10.7
February 11.1 August 10.9
March 10.8 September 10.3
April 10.5 October 10.4
May 10.5 November 10.8
June 10.8 December 10.4

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