Milam jobless rate down just slightly

Texas’ unemployment lowest since July 2009

DECEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES DECEMBER UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES For t he second consecut ive month, unemployment numbers in Milam County are the lowest since April 2011 and are also down for the month, according to reports released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). A slight drop for the month seemed to be the trend around most of the area as well as across the state and nation.

The unemployment rate for Milam County in December fell to 8.8 percent for the month, just down from November’s 8.9. That is also better than the 10.2 percent from a year ago.

Milam’s not seasonally adjusted December rate was based on a labor force of 10,799 with 9,844 working and 955 unemployed. The labor force increased 15 in Milam County compared to November.

Prior to November 2011, unemployment rates have not been below the 10 percent mark since April and May 2011. 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 36 months.

STATEWIDE—Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in December, down from 8.1 in November and down from 8.3 in December 2010.

“Texas continues to see signs of improvement in the labor market,” said Texas Workforce Commission ( TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “ Texas’ unemployment rate has decreased for the third consecutive month, and now stands at 7.8 percent, which is the lowest since July 2009. Our state’s unemployment rate remains below the national unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.”

The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest December unemployment rate in the state at 3.9 percent. The Amarillo MSA came in second at 4.9 percent, and the Odessa MSA third at 5.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted).

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