Milam jobless rate lowest since April
Unemployment numbers in Milam County are the lowest since April and are also down for the month, according to reports released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). A drop for the month seemed to be the trend around most of the area as well as across the state and nation.
The unemploy ment rate for Milam County fell to 8.9 percent for the month, down from 9.8 last month. That is also better than the 10.5 percent from a year ago.
Milam’s November rate was based on a labor force of 10,784 with 9,820 working and 964 unemployed. The labor force increased 145 in Milam County compared to last month.
Unemployment rates have not been below the 10 percent mark since April and May of this year. 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.
The county’s unemployment rate had been in double figures 30 of the last 35 months.
STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in November, down slightly from 8.4 in October, and remains below the nationwide unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, which is also down from 9.0 last month.
“ The Texas economy continued to grow as the private sector added 22,700 jobs in November,” said Texas Workforce Commission ( TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “Over the past 12 months, we have added 289,900 private sector jobs here in Texas.”
Nine of the 11 major industries added jobs in November, led by an increase of 5,600 jobs in Leisure and Hospitality, which totaled 38,500 jobs added over the year. Mining and Logging employment expanded for the third consecutive month with the addition of 2,600 jobs in November.