Jobless numbers in slight decline
Jobless numbers declined just slightly compared to numbers from a year ago where there was a 10.5 percent of county residents unemployed in March 2010.
Milam County’s rate, the highest in recent years, was 11.8 in February 2010. The lowest in the last 12 months was in September 2010 at 10.3 percent.
The county’s unemployment rate has been in double figures 26 of the last 27 months.
Milam’s rate was based on a labor force of 10,783 with 9,660 working and 1,123 unemployed.
The labor force in the county has declined 601 people compared to 11,384 in March 2010. The county’s unemployment rate has been above the 10 percent margin since January 2009.
AROUND THE AREA—Most neighboring counties saw a slight decline in unemployment numbers for the month, with the exception of Burleson County which jumped half a percentage point from February to March.
STATEWIDE—Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 37,200 jobs in March for a total gain of 251,100 jobs from a year ago. The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March is 8.1 percent, down slightly from 8.2 percent in February and well below the U.S. unemployment rate for March of 9.2.
“The Professional and Business Services industry led Texas’ job growth in March with an increase of 10,800 jobs,” TWC Chairman Tom Pauken said. “This industry has shown positive monthly growth for the past year with a total employment increase of 53,800.”
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest March unemployment rate in the state at 4.6 percent. The Amarillo MSA had the second lowest unemployment rate in March at 5.4 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan MSA at 5.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted).
The Brownsville-Harlingen area had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 12.0 percent.