County jobless rate holds steady
The unemployment rate in Milam County stayed steady at 10.2 percent for the month and is also the same as it was for September 2010.
Milam’s September rate was based on a labor force of 10,928 with 9,817 working and 1,111 unemployed. The labor force decreased five in Milam County compared to last month.
The county’s labor force has declined 429 people compared to September 2010. April and May unemployment numbers in the county were below the 10 percent margin. Prior to that the rate had been above the 10 percent margin since January 2009.
April’s jobless rate of 9.6 was the lowest for Milam County since December 2008. At that time it was the highest since the mid- 1980s. The county’s unemployment rate has been in double figures 30 of the last 33 months.
STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.5 percent in September, the same as it was in August, and remains below the nationwide unemployment rate of 9.1 percent, which is also the same from last month.
The 8.5 percent is the highest for Texas since 1987, during the state’s mid-1980s oil bust.
“ Texas’ unemployment rate remains unchanged at 8.5 percent for September,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Nonetheless, I am encouraged to see that we added 26,500 private sector jobs during that time period. This continues a long-term trend in Texas of healthy private sector job growth with 282,200 such jobs added over the last year.”
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest September unemployment rate in the state at 4.9 percent. The Amarillo MSA came in second at 6.0 percent, and the Odessa MSA third at 6.2 percent.